How To Choose The Perfect Backsplash
When it comes to choosing the perfect backsplash for your kitchen, there are essential components to consider. As a central focal point, a backsplash has the ability to transform the entire appearance and mood of a kitchen.
At Airoom, we combine our experienced design insight with the latest research and trends in interior design to determine the best outcome for our clients’ visions.
Here’s how to choose the perfect backsplash for your kitchen:
Every kitchen is unique in size and layout. Some kitchen designs even have the backsplash go all the way up the ceiling (a “full-height” backsplash) to help the design of the space feel more seamless. Aside from the height of the backsplash, you need to consider the spacing of the surrounding area. Your countertops and your backsplash meet in the middle, so you need to make sure that they complement one another and work in harmony together. If your countertops and your backsplash clash, it's going to throw off the design of your entire kitchen.
In this project, we chose a textured backsplash along with sleek countertops to achieve a balanced and seamless appeal.
Weigh Your Options
The most popular tile backsplash types are ceramic tile, glass tile, subway tile, stone, and marble tile. Weighing your options and considering your kitchen’s dimensions, theme, and functionality is essential for choosing the perfect backsplash.
Ceramic tile is affordable, lightweight, durable, and easy to install in your kitchen. They also come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and patterns to choose from, including mosaic tile, which works flawlessly in traditionally styled kitchens.
Glass tile, despite being slightly more expensive and trickier to install, can add a beautiful design element to your kitchen. Glass tile backsplashes come in a variety of colors and, being slightly transparent, allow you to go bolder with your color choices and add a bit of visual interest to your kitchen backsplash without overwhelming the eye. Glass, like ceramic, is very easy to clean and maintain.
Marble tile is a luxurious add-on to any kitchen design but can be pricey compared to other options. Marble tile is easy to clean and is a beautiful compliment to any cabinet or countertop color. If you are looking to put marble in your kitchen, be aware that it may need frequent sealing to maintain its appearance and can chip, crack, and stain.
In the project displayed above, we chose a marble backsplash to tie the kitchen together with a striking and sophisticated appearance.
Determine Grout & Layout
Lastly, determining the details is how you can make the backsplash genuinely unique. Choosing the tile is just one step of the process! After you’ve selected the tile you’d like to use, you’ll need to nail down the layout, grout joint size, and the grout color. The layout can be completely customized to make your space feel unique! You can add a border of another color or shape, mix and match colors of the same tile, or play with the offset of the tiles. Once you know the layout, you can select a grout color that reflects your personality. Do you want the grout to blend in? Match the grout to the tile color. If you want a more bold look, you can add a contrasting grout color. If you do select a contrasting grout, be sure that it will work with the tile you’ve selected. You can also play with the grout joint size to add an even more unique look to your backsplash. The joint grout size is usually ⅛”, but can be up to ¼.” By choosing a darker grout in this kitchen displayed above, we’ve emphasized the texture of the backsplash, making it stand out as a flawless focal point.
With these key components in mind, we have no doubt you will choose the perfect backsplash for your dream kitchen.
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