Choosing A Kitchen Backsplash

Are you looking to update and change your kitchen backsplash? Whether you are thinking about a complete kitchen renovation or simply sprucing up the backsplash, there are so many choices available now in the marketplace.

Guest Blog Brought To You By: Jen Lapsiuk, Arbutus Properties Designer

We asked our Designer, Jen Lapsiuk, about what to consider when choosing a kitchen backsplash tile.

With so many options out there, what seems like a simple task can be quite daunting.  The backsplash can have huge impact on the overall look in your kitchen.  This is a personality piece in your kitchen and it can really showcase your design style.  Here are some things to think about when making your selections:

1. Colour and Pattern

Do you want your backsplash to have a big impact when you walk in the room?  Selecting a bright colour or pattern can act as the main focal point in your kitchen.  Consider this when choosing those vibrant tiles.  Another alternative is to select a neutral tile that compliments your kitchen and adds character or possibly texture.

2. Material

There are so many different backsplash materials to choose from.  Materials come in natural stone, cement, ceramic, porcelain, clay, glass and also come in a variety of sizes.  It is most important that the backsplash and the countertop go well together.  If the countertops are very neutral, choose a tile that compliments this.  On the contrary, if you have a busy countertop you will want to choose a more neutral tile.

3. Height

You should also consider height when selecting a backsplash.  Where is the tile going to end?  Is it going to go up to the cabinets or extend under a floating shelf or range hood and up to the ceiling for more of an impact?  This is very important when selecting your backsplash, so think about how much of the tile you will see when walking into the room.

4. Shapes

There are so many different shapes and sizes available to choose from and in all different patterns.  Consider a different layout for a neutral tile.  This can give you a classic look that won’t compete with the rest of your kitchen but instead add character.

5. Style

Are you going for a modern look or a more traditional look?  If you are going for a modern look, consider extending your countertops up the wall.  This will create a seamless look that will be a focal point, but not too overpowering.  For a more traditional style, you may consider a classic ceramic or clay tile in a variety of patterns.

Remember when choosing your backsplash, this is your opportunity to be creative.  Just make sure it is something you will be happy with for years to come!

Happy renovating!

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