How to Choose Backsplash – Which One is Right for You?

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If you are looking for a white backsplash with a dazzling look, our glass and marble diamond tile backsplash will be a perfect addition to your kitchen! Adorned with a glossy finish, the diamond tiles create a visually striking look that enhances the space feel. As you can see in this transitional kitchen remodel, the white shaker cabinets and white quartz countertops perfectly complement the glamorous look of the kitchen backsplash tiles and create a timeless elegance.

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Even though tiles are the most popular materials for kitchen backsplashes, if you are looking for an easy-to-maintain material, check out this modern metal sheet backsplash panel! Visually pleasing and extremely durable, this backsplash panel is a perfect solution for someone who wants to get a sophisticated home design with a modern appeal. The groutless design of this large-format metal sheet provides an easy-to-clean surface. As you can see in this kitchen, the white cabinets and countertops are a perfect pair for the modern appeal of the backsplash.

How to Choose Backsplash

When it comes to the kitchen design, from color scheme to cabinet style, there are plenty of decisions that you need to make and backsplash is one of the most important ones. A backsplash is a wall covering that fills the gaps between the cabinets and countertops. But it is more than that and its importance shouldn’t be underestimated. A kitchen backsplash might seem a small detail but it is the key point that brings all the elements together and it deserves a fair amount of care and attention, too. Different materials, shapes, colors, patterns, textures, and styles. There is an endless variety of kitchen backsplashes. So, how to choose the backsplash? Choosing the right backsplash can instantly elevate your design and make your dreams come true.

So, if you are looking for an answer to this question, you are in the right place! Below you can find design tips and tricks for the kitchen backsplash that help you to add a dose of statement-making style to your kitchen!

Picking the Best Backsplash for Your Kitchen

There are two main aspects of kitchen backsplash ideas: functional and visual. The primary aspect of a backsplash is functionality. It provides a protective layer for kitchen walls against water or food splashes, dirt, mildew, or mold. For functionality, material choice plays a huge role. However, it is not just about functionality. Besides that, a backsplash also serves as a focal point that can make or break your overall design. In today’s market, a kitchen backsplash comes in a variety of different options. Among all these alternatives, picking the perfect backsplash might be overwhelming but don’t worry! In the guide below, you will learn all things about how to choose a backsplash!

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Marble is definitely one of the favorite materials chosen for making a kitchen backsplash. If you experience the elegant feeling of the marble with the sparkling chevron, it becomes an unforgettable sight! For this mosaic, a lovely modern chevron-style marble backsplash is enriched with honed, polished, textured, and rough finishes. The unique sparkle effect of the textured marble gives a dazzling look to this mosaic and makes it a statement-making piece. To complete the modern appeal, gray flat-front cabinets and white quartz countertops will be matched excellently.

What is the most popular kitchen backsplash?

Of all these alternatives, a subway tile backsplash is definitely the most popular option. With its effortless beauty and versatility, it offers a perfect backdrop for all kitchen types. Also, these beautiful tiles are extremely timeless, so, they will still be popular even after 10 years! Besides this classic option, there are many other alternatives. For example, hexagon or picket tiles are one of the hottest trends that you can also incorporate in many different styles. On the other hand, glass and metal tiles are popular options.

When it comes to color options, white color stands out as the most preferable option. Since the white color gives a sense of cleanliness and pureness, it has the ability to make the space feel larger and more spacious. Besides the classic white, other neutral colors like gray, black, brown, or beige are other popular options for kitchen backsplashes. However, this year we will see more bold and vibrant colors on the kitchen walls. Dramatic jewel tones, warm burgundies, sun-kissed yellows, and more! So, if you are having some trouble deciding how to choose a backsplash, keep reading to find some inspirational ideas.

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Things You Need to Consider When Choosing a Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash is a personal matter. Whether your style is modern or rustic, neutral or colorful, classic or unique, you can reflect your style into your backsplash and it is a great opportunity to be creative! But how to choose a backsplash that suits your taste and style of design? When it comes to choosing a backsplash, you need to consider the other features in the room such as cabinets, countertops, or even hardware. To make it easier, you can follow these points before deciding on your backsplash.

01- Calculate How Much Backsplash You Will Need

Before the material, color, or style choice, if you calculate how many tiles you will need, you can make a better plan for your installation. To calculate it, multiply the width and height and find the total area. Divide it into 144 to find the number of square feet needed. If you are going to tile multiple areas, you can make this calculation for each area. For the suggestion, it is better to order %10-%15 more in case of broken tiles or odd tile cuts.

02- Consider All the Alternatives

When it comes to backsplash subway tiles are classic for all kitchen types with their effortless beauty. Yes, they are beautiful, timeless, and versatile but they are not the only option. In the backsplash market, from hexagon tiles to arabesque tiles, there are tons of different alternatives that can also create a beautiful and timeless appeal for your kitchen.  So, to find the right backsplash, consider all the options.

03- Materials

If we are talking about the kitchen backsplash, we also should talk about the tiles. Tiles are the most popular design elements for kitchen backsplashes. If selected correctly, tiles can be a perfect company for your cabinets and countertops. And tile material is one of the most important factors that you need to consider when choosing a backsplash. From luxurious natural stones to sleek metal tiles you can find a variety of materials for a kitchen backsplash. Each material has different aspects and benefits. Before deciding, you need to consider different types of materials and see which one can work best for your backsplash.

04- Wear and Tear

When choosing the material, you need to also consider the wear and tear. Each material requires different maintenance levels and it is important to consider its durability and maintenance requirements. For example, natural stones like marble or travertine are porous materials and because of that, they require regular sealing. However, ceramic, porcelain, or glass tiles are easier to maintain.

05- Height

Traditional backsplash height is 4-inch but it is too low for many people and it is not that functional. A 4-inch backsplash can look beautiful but you need to think also cleaning. Because the kitchen backsplash is a wet area, water splashes can damage the walls and the 4-inch backsplash can not protect them fairly. That’s why covering the wall area between the cabinets and countertops is the most common way. On the other hand, laying the tiles until the ceiling is another great option to emphasize your tiles. Also, a full-height backsplash is a perfect way to create a clean and sleek backdrop and create a more modern look. So, if protection is an important matter for you, opt for a taller kitchen backsplash.

06- Scale of Tiles

The scale of your tiles is one of the important factors that will define the overall look of your kitchen. In today’s market, you can find both large and small tiles. Larger tiles can create a more contemporary look and they are perfect to minimize the grout lines. Also, they can create an illusion and make the space feel larger which can be great for smaller spaces. On the other hand, smaller tiles give a more dense pattern and they have a more traditional feel.

07- Grout Colors

When it comes to how to choose a backsplash tile, you need to consider grout colors that play a huge role in the overall look. The right grout color can easily enhance the impact of your backsplash. Generally, three main colors are used for grouting: white, black, and gray. White grout is perfect for creating a clean and fresh appeal, especially when combined with white tiles. Gray grout is a more versatile option that can work with almost every shade. Black grout, on the other hand, is perfect to hide dust and dirt. You can finish your light-colored tiles with black grout to emphasize the pattern.

08- Countertop

Backsplash and countertop are connected elements so they need to work together harmoniously. That’s why you need to consider your countertop when choosing your backsplash. You can go with a matching backsplash and countertop to create a continuous look. But it doesn’t mean that you need to use the same materials or colors for these two elements. Different colors and materials also can work with each other beautifully but you need to choose a backsplash that complements your countertops. This can also be a contrasting color. The basic rule is that find the balance. If you will use a busy look for both elements it can be overwhelming and destroy your overall look. For example, if you are using a marble countertop with heavy veining, you can use a simpler backsplash like white subway tiles. Or you can go with patterned backsplash tiles and pair them with a solid-colored countertop. This way you can create a harmonious look without overwhelming.

09- Budget

If you are designing or remodeling your kitchen, the costs can add up. So, it is important to balance your budget. If you are working with a budget, flexibility is an important point. You may need to compromise some decisions and you need to choose them based on your priorities. At Backsplash Inc. you can find hundreds of different backsplash tile options available at incredible prices, you don’t have to compromise your style! To find more tile options check our shop page!

Should your kitchen backsplash match your countertop?

Once you figured out how to choose a backsplash, now it is time to choose the countertops. Your backsplash doesn’t need to match with your countertop but it needs to complement the countertop. Backsplash and countertops are connected elements and they need to offer a cohesive look. It can be both matching or contrasting colors or materials. It all depends on your personal taste.

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Glass tiles are always beautiful with their glamorous appeal, but what about enhancing this look with a marble texture? Our marble-look glass hexagon tile backsplash provides infinite design possibilities for your kitchen! The white shaker cabinets and quartz countertops are the perfect couple for this glass mosaic. To add a dose of sparkle, don’t forget to add some metallic accents like brass cabinet hardware.

What is a timeless kitchen backsplash?

As we mentioned before, the most timeless backsplash is a white subway tile backsplash. If you are questioning yourself about how to choose a backsplash, subway tiles are one of the most failsafe options that can match with every design aesthetic and color scheme.

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If you are looking for a white backsplash tile with a dazzling appeal, then you will love our white glass backsplash design! Characterized by a shimmery finish and unique shape, this glass backsplash tile offers a sleek and modern appeal for kitchens. As you can see in this kitchen’s backsplash, it can be a great pair for black and white cabinets and white quartz countertop material!

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Looking for a unique backsplash tile that is a statement maker? You have come to the right place! This blue glass hexagon tile backsplash is perfect for creating a striking focal point with a touch of opulence. Even the blue color and the hexagonal shape of the tiles already provide a striking appeal, the marble-like texture punctuates this mosaic even more. To complete the coastal vibes, white shaker cabinets, white countertops, and wood flooring are the best choices!

Can you install the backsplash yourself?

Although it looks like a difficult job, it is actually quite easy to do this if armed with useful tips and tricks. If DIY is something you are considering for your kitchen backsplash installation, take a look at our ‘How to Install Backsplash?’ article. Using the appropriate strategies, you can install your backsplash tiles alone.

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Our slate chevron tile backsplash is ready to add some earthy touch to your kitchen! With its rusty brown and gray color scheme, this mosaic offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The eye-catching zigzag pattern brings an illusion with a geometrical movement to your space. Natural wood cabinets and gray countertops create a harmonious look with the brown slate backsplash.

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How to choose a backsplash material?

Once you have seen the main consideration points, now it is time to learn how to choose backsplash materials. Choosing the material depends on the aspects and style that you want and your budget. To see which material is good for your kitchen, let’s take a look at the most popular options.

01- Ceramic:

Ceramic is the original material for kitchen backsplashes and it is the most popular option for many homeowners and interior designers. A ceramic backsplash is versatile, durable, easier to maintain than other materials, and often an inexpensive choice. Ceramic tiles come in a wide array of color, shape, texture, pattern, and size options. This wide variety allows you to find the right backsplash according to your style. Whether you opt for a classic subway tile look or create a striking focal point with patterned tiles, you can find it between the endless options of ceramic tiles. The average cost of ceramic tiles is $2.

02- Glass:

With their glamorous appeal glass tiles offer visually pleasing looks for kitchen backsplashes. A glass backsplash offers a luminous look and reacts to daylight, thus creating a playful visual scheme. These reflective surfaces are great for making the space feel larger and brighter. Also, they come in a wide range of color options which makes them a versatile material.  Besides their visuality, glass tiles are also non-porous and are resistant to staining, bacteria, mildew, and mold offering a hygienic and clean surface. Also, these surfaces are easy to clean. You can easily clean them with a damp cloth and maintain their fresh appeal for many years. Glass tiles can cost $7-$30.

03- Natural Stone :

As the name suggests, these are natural materials that are quarried from various places of the world. From rough textured stones to, sleek and luxurious ones, there are plenty of different stone materials that you can use as a backsplash. Marble, granite, limestone, travertine, quartzite, and soapstone are the most popular options. Whether it is a luxurious marble or rustic travertine, a natural stone backsplash is a great way to add tons of character to your kitchen. So, they look beautiful however, natural stones are porous materials that can absorb liquids. That’s why they require sealing and that means they require little more maintenance than other materials such as ceramic or glass. But with a regular sealing and cleaning routine, you can keep their beautiful look. Also, natural stones are much pricier than the other materials. The cost depends on the type of stone. Marble and granite are more expensive stones.

Natural stones can be used in two different forms: tile and slab. Just like the other materials, you can find natural stone tiles in subway, herringbone hexagon, arabesque, or chevron patterns. On the other hand, natural stone slab designs are perfect to create a sleek backdrop. Also, because these types of backsplashes have one solid surface, they are easier to clean than tiled backsplashes which is their biggest advantage.

04- Metal:

Metal tiles or sheets are a very popular option in recent days. Metal backsplashes offer sleek, clean lines that are simple yet eye-catching. The modern appeal of these backsplashes can easily take your kitchen design to the next level and create one-of-a-kind appeals. You can find stainless steel, copper, and brass options. Also, these materials come in a variety of sheens and textures. From brushed metals to very shiny ones, there are plenty of different alternatives.

Besides its beautiful look, a metal backsplash also provides extreme durability for kitchen walls which makes them a perfect material for kitchens. Also, metal is one of the simplest surfaces to clean. Whether it is a metal tile or a metal sheet, you can easily wipe it down with a damp cloth. Metal backsplash can cost between $15-$25 per square foot.

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