The Basic Backsplash Guide Part 2
In part 2 of this 2 part article series, we explore backsplashes in a
little more detail, helping you decide on the kind of backsplash appropriate
for your project.
When you are looking at installing a backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom, there are lots of decisions to be made. You know why you need the backsplash and how it could enhance your decor, but there are a lot of considerations to make before you purchase and install the right backsplash for your home.
Which Backsplash Material Is Right For My Project?
More often than not, you will find that the kitchen manufacturer offers a splashback made from the same material your countertop is made from. Obviously this offers coherency and may be the cheapest option, but it isn't your only option. Ceramic wall tiles and stone tiles are also good cost effective options that come in a wide variety of designs. You can also get ceramic, and glass with a slick quality that provides you with easy to clean wipe downs after a splash or splatter has gone onto the splashback.
How Do You Install A Backsplash?
Tiling in any situation is easy for some, and tricky for others. In some instances it could be that you could DIY your backsplash with a little help from Youtube videos, or a family member or friend who knows a little bit about tiling. It is one of the most basic of DIY jobs and there is every chance you can complete the job with little experience. However, if the materials are expensive, or you really don't feel confident in attempting the job yourself, you should consider getting an expert to complete the job. Think about the time, effort and money involved in DIY and hiring someone, and consider the potential to get it wrong if you do DIY and how that could damage the kitchen, or the materials you have purchased.
What Style Of Backsplash Is Right For Me?
It is a personal choice as to which type of backsplash is right for your project. However, there are considerations you can make to help you make the right choice. Consider the following when you look at choosing your backsplash:
- Colour - Do you want neutral or do you want colour? Do you want your backsplash to blend in, or to stand out? You could use a colour that contrasts with the kitchen, and adds an accent colour, or opt for a neutral to allow other parts of the kitchen to 'speak'.
- Height - The height of your backsplash could be limited by cabinets, but where the wall reaches the ceiling you could extend the backsplash if you want to.
- Material - You have such a big choice of materials like ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, brick, mosaic, glass - the list is endless. Choose a material to match your kitchen style - rustic, country house, modern - and one that sits within your budget, and maintenance preference.
- Shape - The shape of your tile is important as it has an influence on style. Geometric tiles for example are ultra-modern but, they could end up being a trend and eventually date your kitchen. Square tiles always work well but, are you more creative? Brick shaped tiles look nice but, they give a certain 'New York' style to a kitchen so, you have to think about if you want that very specific look. In wet areas consider anti slip floor tiles.
- Budget - The budget of your backsplash will dictate what you can and can't have. Consider a budget before you start shopping so you don't end up overspending. You don’t need to spend a lot to afford wet room tiles.
Now you've a good base idea of backsplashes, how they work and how they can work for you. The right material, colour and style of backsplash can not only work well in a kitchen, but enhance its practicality, style and aesthetics.