Choosing the Right Backsplash for Your Kitchen

Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Saturday, March 25, 2017

When it comes to choosing the right backsplash for your kitchen, things can get a little complicated. There are so many choices when it comes to backsplash options, how do you know which one is the right one for your home? Here are a few things to keep in mind to hopefully make the decision a little bit easier.

Pay Attention to Color
Having a color scheme is important when it comes to interior design, and your kitchen is no exception. Knowing which color scheme you are going with in your kitchen can narrow down your backsplash options quite a bit. You want the color of your countertops and cabinets to coordinate well with the backsplash, while also allowing each part to stand out. For example, if your cabinets are white, your counters are black, and you don't want to settle for a black and white theme, you can try using a light grey backsplash. If you are going for a farmhouse look with wooden countertops and cabinets, try using a brick color for the backsplash.

Choose Your Materials
Once you know your color scheme, your list of materials should be easy to navigate. Tiles are always a first choice for a kitchen backsplash because they are easy to install, vary in prices from cheap to expensive, and come in millions of colors. But remember that tiles aren't your only option when it comes to this part of your kitchen. You can use brick, wood, aluminum, or various other metals—pretty much whatever you want to use as a backsplash. Tile and brick are easy to maintain and keep clean. Wood is also easy to keep clean but requires resealing every so often to keep from rotting, so keep maintenance in mind when choosing a material for the backsplash.

Don't Settle for the Unwanted
You don't have to settle for one thing in particular when it comes to your backsplash. If you know you will change the look of the rest of your kitchen in a few years, choose a color that will go well with anything, such as white. Don't settle for a material because it's all you can find, or all you can afford. This isn't always an easy project, so make sure you are actually getting what you want because you don't want to have to redo the kitchen because you hate the way it turned out. Even if you have to rebudget for a certain material, or wait until you can find the right one, it is worth taking the time to ensure you are actually getting what you want. You could end up spending more money in the long run by starting over than just waiting until you are sure of your decision.

The backsplash is one of the first things people notice when they walk into your kitchen. It sets the mood for the entire room. When it looks good, so does the rest of your kitchen.

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