Updating an existing kitchen can change the entire feel of your custom home. As a gathering place, food provider and essential part of the home, having a sophisticated and functional kitchen is an absolute must. One of the design features that will set your kitchen a part from the rest is your basksplash. But how to choose the perfect one for your renovation design? Here are some tips to help you choose the best backsplash for aesthetics and function in your home.
What’s My Budget?
A backsplash is an area where you can splurge on unique materials and a bold look, but you can just as easily keep it simple with classic porcelain tiles. White, four-inch squares or subway tile is a look that stands the test of time and definitely won’t break the bank. Glass tiles, natural stone and intricate mosaics will all cost more, but you may be able to afford the splurge if your area is small. Figure out your square footage so you can easily compare prices as you shop.
What’s My Style?
Are you building this kitchen for you, or are you looking to improve your home’s resale value in the near future? The sky’s the limit when it comes to your own tastes, but the best tile for the kitchen you want to sell are neutral in color. You can add some texture with ledger stone or small mosaic panels, but choose shades like tan or gray that will go with everything.
Are You A Messy Cook?
Be honest with yourself: Are you a messy cook? If you’re likely to see a pot of tomato sauce boil over or splash water around when you do the dishes, you want a backsplash that will work as hard as you do. Choose tiles with a glossy, non-porous finish that you can easily wipe clean. If your love the matte look and uneven texture of ledger stone, try adding a high-powered exhaust fan that vents to the outside to keep your tiles from getting greasy and sticky over time.
4. Am I in a rush?
If you have your heart set on a certain color and material for your backsplash, are you willing to wait for it? If you’re willing to special-order your tiles, you can have anything you want. If you need to finish your kitchen quickly, it’s best to stick to tiles that are commonly in stock — those white porcelain subway tiles are a classic choice! If you’re in a hurry, look for tiles that don’t require any special treatment or sealing to save you a step on installation as well.
If you’re having trouble deciding, purchase a few sample tiles to look at them in the space before ordering. Once you find what you love, you’re this close to finally completing the kitchen of your dreams!