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Choosing A Backsplash

Updated: Jul 9, 2018

There are a lot of decisions that go into a kitchen remodel.  The backsplash is one detail that you'll want to spend time on. Here's a list of things you should always consider when choosing a tile backsplash. Of course, there are a variety of other things to keep in mind that aren't on our list, so it's always a good idea to consult your contractor.



Color or Neutrals?

Color is usually one of the first decisions you'll make.  You'll need to decide if you want your backsplash to be colorful or neutral.  Although a colorful backsplash has immediate impact, a neutral backsplash can add just as much character to your space.

It all comes down to the other colors and materials being used in your kitchen and how your tile will pair, and your overall color preference.  Some people are drawn to color, while others find a sense of calm in a neutral space. You'll need to figure out which tile type will work best in your overall design.  Is it ceramic Tile?  Brick?  Handpainted?  This decision is based on personal preference and the overall design style you are trying to achieve.  


Consider Your Countertops

Your tile backsplash is going to be right up against your countertops, so it is important to make sure they work well together.  If you choose a colorful countertop material, you'll want to choose a neutral tile color.  If your countertops are neutral, choose tile that complements its texture and tone. Also consider fixtures like your lighting and hardware.


Backsplash Height

Backsplash height is often an overlooked detail.  The backsplash has to end somewhere, but where it ends is up to you, though cabinetry can often be the deciding factor.  if you just want a hint of tile, only bring your backsplash up to the bottom of your cabinet or first shelf in an open shelving design such as the one below.

If you want more tile, you can often extend your backsplash to the ceiling in areas where there are no cabinets, such as over the sink, or over a stove.  A counter to ceiling installation makes the tile a focal point in your kitchen, so if you choose to bring it to the ceiling, make sure you've chosen a backsplash that you love.


Shape and Pattern

Do you prefer classic shapes, or fun patterns? If you want your kitchen to remain timeless in design, we suggest sticking with a classic field tile size such as a 3 x 6 in a subway tile layout, or even a 4 x 4 in a straight set pattern.  Field tile will transcend trends, making your tile backsplash a sustainable design feature.


Budget

Last but not least, budget is one of the most important things to consider when choosing backsplash tile.  If your budget is tight, you'll want to lean toward standard field sizes and maybe not tile all the way up to the ceiling.


So before choosing your dream tile, have a clear budget set, and as always, we are here to help you make your dream kitchen a reality!

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