How to Select a Kitchen Backsplash

By Code Authority
October 10, 2019

An enjoyable aspect of homeownership is having the freedom to make structural and aesthetic changes to your house. From the living room to the laundry room – and everywhere in between – you can make your house a home with changes that appeal to you and your family.  

Our experts focus on making your bathroom and kitchen an elegant space that you’ll love to live in. One way that we can enhance your space is by adding a backsplash to a wall. Backsplash – just like paint, wallpaper, and other adhesives – can serve as a focal point in kitchens and bathrooms. A backsplash is commonly placed in kitchens and bathrooms. More importantly, a backsplash is an eye-catching aspect that homeowners can also appreciate due to its functionality. 

In this blog post, we’re taking you through the process of selecting a kitchen backsplash design that is both functional and beautiful. 

Determine the Area 

Homeowners often use backsplash in areas where liquids may spatter on the wall. Usually, water is of concern, but sauces, drinks, and other liquids are likely to encounter the kitchen walls at some point during your residence. For that reason, popular places to install kitchen backsplash include behind sink areas, countertops where food may be prepped, and even stoves.

One question you should ask yourself is how much of a focal point you want the area covered with backsplash to be. Backsplash can be installed ranging from a few inches high to numerous feet tall. Your answer will help you determine the design of the material for the remodels, too. 

If you want the backsplash to be a significant focal point, consider using a large area. Conversely, small spaces can be used if you’re more concerned about the functionality rather than the look.  

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Choose the Material 

Homeowners have a variety of options to choose from when determining the material of their kitchen backsplash. Typically, one material is used consistently throughout the kitchen backsplash renovation. Changing materials can end up taking more time to implement and not look as coherent at the end of the remodeling period. 

Ceramic and porcelain tile are popular choices due to their moisture-wicking capabilities and an array of styles to choose from. Other options include stone and brick, but while those materials offer amazing visual stimulation, the alternatives don’t offer the same quality and usefulness that a backsplash is meant for. You can also opt for finishes such as glossy, matte, and even rugged appearances and textures depending on the type of material you choose.

While tiles are typically used to create kitchen backsplashes, the materials you use in a kitchen renovation aren’t purely preference. Your budget should be considered, as the cost of backsplash materials can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the value of the product. 

Pick the Design 

Now that you’ve narrowed down your options by choosing the material that will be used in your kitchen backsplash remodeling, you get to pick the design of the decorative component! Now, this section is heavily focused on tiles as opposed to its alternatives because there are limitless styles of tiles to choose from. Stone, wood, and other natural materials have standard looks that might vary slightly due to their shade or stain.

One question you should ask yourself is how much of a focal point you want the area covered with backsplash to be. Some prefer small areas with bold, non-neutral colors; others opt for large areas with neutral tile tones. It all depends on the statement you want to make with the backsplash. 

Here are a few popular tile backsplash options: 

Ceramic 

Arguably the most popular type of tile used for kitchen backsplash, ceramic tile is an affordable and beautiful option. This tile is available in every color you could imagine, making it a great alternative to other materials that are typically found in natural shades.  

Porcelain 

This material can be implemented in the home from a kitchen backsplash to the bathroom room floor. Homeowners often use this type of tile if they’re making a subway tile backsplash, as it offers sleek elegance and is budget-friendly.

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Granite 

Granite comes in varying shades of natural colors like brown, white, black, grey, and even red and blue. The material can also add texture and depth if desired with a honed granite finish. A polished granite finish can also be achieved if the look you’re wanting is glossy and reflective. 

Marble  

It’s an expensive material, but a beautiful one. Marble is an elegant option that can be paired with similar countertops or used on its own in the backsplash. 

Glass 

This delicate material is a great option for kitchen backsplash. Iridescent glass beautifully reflects light, so your kitchen is made even brighter if you have nearby windows and other light sources.  

Install the Kitchen Backsplash 

Numerous steps are involved during this phase of the project. We follow them carefully to craft a perfect kitchen backsplash for you and your family. 

First, the kitchen walls should be prepared for backsplash. This involves tasks such as removing light switch covers, as well as turning off the electricity in the kitchen for safety measures.  

The next step involves arranging the tiles that will be placed on the wall. This is an important action to take because placing the tiles blindly can lead to the disarray of pieces. Make sure the way you’re going to put the tiles on the wall is laid out in the same format as not to confuse yourself come implementation time.

Once you’ve created a tile layout, it’s time to prepare tile adhesive. You should read the manufacturer’s directions closely, so you don’t waste time, money, or energy on making it incorrectly. 

After the adhesive is ready, slather it onto the wall. The manufacturer of the solution should have information regarding the amount it will take per tile or surface area – make sure to note that and follow suit.  

Now, apply the manufacturer’s recommended amount of adhesive to stick the tile in place. The tile will need to be pressed down with a rubber float. Space the tiles evenly and let them dry when finished.  

Grout should be applied a day or so after you created the backsplash. It will fill in the gaps between tiles. Caulking and putting moved fixtures back are the final steps in installing a kitchen backsplash.  

If that sounds laborious to you, or if you’d rather not purchase the tools for a one-time-use, leave the kitchen backsplash installation to us: Dallas’ premier kitchen and bathroom remodeling company! We can ensure the installation process is done correctly from start to finish, as we have learned kitchen backsplash best practices from years of experience. 

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Enjoy the Outcome 

A backsplash is a decorative solution that makes splattered messes a breeze to clean in the kitchen. Whether you have had much of your kitchen remodeled already or are looking to renovate your kitchen and implement a backsplash at the same time, we’ve got your back – backsplash, that is. 

To see how we can take your kitchen from underwhelming to elegant, contact us today for a free kitchen remodeling estimate. We can’t wait to hear from you!