Kitchen Backsplash: Pulling It All Together

Kitchen Backsplash: Pulling It All Together

A kitchen’s backsplash is like your favorite accessory. It can create the theme, bring a style together, or be a fine-tuned detail. Here are a few things to think about so your backsplash matches not only your kitchen, but also your wallet.


There is quite a long list of materials you can use for your backsplash. Go to the store and feel them, match them, and take samples to see what flows with your kitchen. You can use tile, stone, or mix and match metallic looks. Also think about durability. Ceramic and porcelain look similar and are both made from clay, but porcelain is much denser and more durable.  For a more out-of-the-box look, think about placing a window or a mirrored tile for an enlarging visual effect.


Try mixing instead of matching. Matching colors in a kitchen can make the room look monotonous and uninspired. Play with different complimentary colors, and think about adding a fun accent color within your backsplash.


Patterns can be a great addition to spice up your kitchen. Take a small sample of the pattern and test it out. Think about the amount of space you have and make sure the pattern isn’t too overwhelming. Think about the focal points of your kitchen, and place individual patterns where the eye is naturally drawn.


Even though the cost of the material is important, you should keep in mind the size of the area and the costs to maintain that area.  Different materials have different sealing needs. Some need to be resealed every year. Think wear and tear. Also, when planning your budget, don’t forget to include the grout. Grout is the foundation of your backsplash.


Check out showrooms or flip through websites to get inspiration. More importantly, ask your contractor for their opinion. Your contractor will be able to give you a range of advice about easy-to-clean materials, how to get more bang for your buck, or fashion-forward patterns.