Backsplashes are remarkable. While they serve a practical purpose, they are also quite effective in bringing out the fab in kitchens. In fact, most homeowners who are a little short of cash for a complete kitchen makeover can turn to a fantastic eye-catching backsplash to work its magic.
However, considering the overwhelming volume of possibilities, designing a backsplash can be daunting. Overly done, it can backfire and bring the whole kitchen improvement project down. Limit it and you will end up with something mediocre. The wealth of materials and colors that are supposed to help you pick or create a stunning backsplash can work against you.
We do not want that. We want a backsplash that will add personality to the heart and soul of the home. Instead of fearing the task ahead, clear your head and see what the world of interior designing has to offer.
Planning Your Backsplash
A vital piece of advice we can give you is to plan. It might sound like a tired, old proverb but it is one of the basic tips to keep in mind. As the Eiffel Tower was not built in a day, realize too that a backsplash will not just happen.
First, check out magazines, interior design websites, or seek advice from DIY shops and pros. Then consider the kitchen space, funds, and finally the options available. These days, backsplashes are more than tiles. They also come in natural stone slabs, glass or metal sheets, and even concrete. If you are looking for materials that are stylish, affordable and easy to install, tiles are the safest best.
Tiles are durable, easy to maintain, and are quite flexible. To achieve an awesome tile backsplash, follow our tips below:
1. Match it with the counter. The delicate texture of marble or granite can clash with colorful or heavily decorated tiles. Backsplashes may take only a small amount of kitchen space but it still needs to strike a balance with the rest of the kitchen design and accessories. Too much pattern can be heavy and will not be quite as appealing and homey as you intended.
2. Use glossy, shiny tiles for small kitchens. One of the thrilling trends in kitchen design is the use of glass and metal tiles. Their capability to reflect light is a much welcome addition to cramped spaces, making it appear larger, open, and inviting.
3. Create a focal point. If you wish to save money, use those glass tiles as borders, accents, or as focal points instead.
4. Experiment with the tile layouts.As said earlier, tiles are flexible. What we mean is that they are available in a number of shapes, sizes, and colors. Even if you wind up choosing rectangular ones, you can still experiment and reorient the tiles into a vertical position. Again, plan and do a rough sketch before actually installing the tiles.
5. Break the monotony. Too much pattern can be distracting and too little can be dreary. Instead of sticking to a specific color, like religiously following the trend set by yellow kitchen walls, break the monotony and choose a complimentary palette.
Since we are on the subject of color, remember that like clothes, stronger shades may only be fashionable a particular time. Remember the seventies with its avocado green and eggplant purple? We do not want the kitchen to be appearing dated three or four years from now. So if you can, stick to neutral shades.
These tips are quite simple, really. Sometimes, we tend to overlook the obvious when we get too excited with the possibilities – and because of the beauty backsplashes offer – it is so easy to get lost. Keep these in mind and get ready to tackle open up your kitchen to a whole new level, a space fit for the discerning home owner.
Roberta Madison is the marketing manager at GlassTileStore.com, which provides a range of beautiful tile products such as glass tiles, stone tiles, subway tiles, metal tiles, exotic tiles, and grout and supplies. Follow Roberta Madison on G+.