Designing the perfect kitchen backsplash can be overwhelming due to the numerous options available. Thankfully, we have a professional designer on our team to assist our clients. To further help you on your journey, here are six questions to consider when choosing the perfect kitchen backsplash.
Have You Determined Your Tile Budget Yet?
To ensure a successful shopping experience for tile, it’s important to establish a budget beforehand. Tile can be quite pricey, and having an idea of what you’re willing to spend will help guide your search. Without a pre-determined spending limit, you may end up falling in love with a tile that is beyond your price range, so communicating your budget to your designer will allow them to suggest options that fit within your means.
Did You Gather Inspiration from Houzz or Pinterest?
If you’re unsure about the colors or aesthetic you want, browsing a tile showroom isn’t recommended as your first course of action. With so many options, it can be overwhelming and may leave feeling even more confused.
We suggest using Houzz or Pinterest to search for kitchen ideas and find inspiration through photos of kitchens that you like. You can browse through millions of photos to narrow down the tile types and designs that appeal to you, and then create your own personal idea board.Starting your search in this manner, you can identify common themes to help determine your preferred style. This will also assist a tile expert in showing you options that match your taste and color scheme.
Do You Want it to Stand Out or Blend In?
When it comes to tile design in your kitchen, one important detail to consider is whether you want your backsplash to stand out or blend in. In most kitchen designs, there are one or two standout features that serve as focal points. For instance, a unique countertop on an island or a large copper sink will immediately catch the eye of someone entering the space. With the perfect backsplash, you can achieve the same effect. A dark backsplash in a light-colored kitchen will immediately draw attention, while an all-white kitchen with white subway tile will blend in and allow the focus to be on other elements within the space.
Where Will The Tile Go?
Many homeowners struggle with deciding where to place tiles in their kitchens. It can be difficult to determine the perfect placement and where the tile should start or end. Questions such as whether the tile should extend past the countertop or reach the ceiling can arise. By browsing inspiration photos, you can get a better idea of your preferred aesthetic and discuss these preferences with your designer or contractor. It’s important to avoid leaving these decisions to the tile installer.
Which Backsplash Trends Do You Prefer?
If you like the look of current tile backsplash trends, then go ahead and use them in your kitchen. However, keep in mind that what is “on trend” today may make your kitchen look outdated in a few years. To avoid this, you can research current trends and incorporate them in small ways. For instance, you can use a bold color over the stove and a softer color throughout the rest of the kitchen. Working with a professional designer can help you achieve this “uniquely you” look seamlessly.
How Easy Is The Tile To Clean?
It’s important to remember that your kitchen is more than just a showplace. You will be using it every day, which means you will need to clean up spills and splatters that are bound to occur. Before choosing a tile, consider how easy it will be to clean. If you’re someone who loves to cook and anticipate oil, butter, and sauce staining your white grout and marble backsplash, you may want to explore other options.
Choosing the right tile for your kitchen backsplash can be a fun and exciting process. If you haven’t already planned everything out, don’t worry! Our professional in-house designer can assist you with these questions to help you design the perfect backsplash.