Simply updating your backsplash can instantly modernize an antiquated kitchen, breathing new life into the space and adding value to your home. But choosing the right backsplash tile is essential. Todd Wright, owner of The Tile Store, says there are four main considerations when choosing backsplash tile.
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when changing their backsplash, Wright says, is picking a tile that doesn’t complement existing cabinets and countertop. If your countertop is busy marble or flashy quartz, consider a more neutral backsplash tile such as a simple subway tile. If you have a neutral countertop, you can take some liberties with your backsplash and opt for bolder colours and patterns that make the backsplash the focal point of the kitchen.
Consider the scale of your kitchen and the amount of space between the countertop and cabinet. “If you’ve got 16 inches between the cabinet and countertop, picking a subway tile 4” high is a good size and scale because you can get four rows and you can develop a pattern,” suggest Wright. However, emerging trends showcase homeowners opting for larger tiles, so it comes down to the look you are aiming to achieve.
From ceramic to porcelain, glass and stone, there are many tile options to choose from. One of the most popular looks right now, Wright says, are stone mosaics. “Stone mosaics often have a bit of old world charm,” he says. Adding a stone backsplash to a kitchen with contemporary looking cabinets and a modern countertop offers a great juxtaposition between old and new. Although more expensive than a classic ceramic tile (stone ranges from $10 – $35 per square foot compared to $3 – $10 for a ceramic subway tile) since a backsplash is such a small area, you can get a lot of bang for your buck and create something unique and exciting by spending a little more on materials.
Hire a pro or DIY
Installing a kitchen backsplash can be an easy do-it-yourself project, but Wright warns, some materials, such as stone and glass, are best handled by a professional. “You’re spending a little more money on those tiles, so mistakes could be a little more expensive,” he says.
Now that you have all you need to know to get started with plan in hand, don’t hesitate to contact the folks at The Tile Store to help you find the best tile from their great selection.