Choosing the Right Design for your Backsplash

Creating the right materials and design for the backsplash in your kitchen is an opportunity to show off your design style! It should not just look good, it also needs functionality. 

Wall tile is usually applied over drywall where food splatter and humidity are most prevalent. Backsplashes protect your wall from damage from pots, pans, knives, or other items found in your kitchen. It's a water resistant and easily cleanable surface that adds a unique design element. 

Here are a few points to consider when adding or replacing a backsplash:

1.  Create a Focal Point 

Your backsplash can create a focal point for appliances, cabinets, countertops, or any other unique feature or design element in your kitchen. If you are completely remodeling your kitchen that includes replacing cabinets or appliances, you have an opportunity to create a beautiful focal point for these new items. 

2. Ageless Design

Shoot for an ageless design that can stand the test of time. Something you will love for years to come. Avoid the trendy newest design and go for materials and a layout that you know will stand the test of time. 

3. Choose Your Materials Carefully

Whether you choose tile, stone, or some other material do your homework and look into the maintenance requirements. Stone can require resealing every year to every other year, whereas some types of tile do not. Choosing color also plays a pivotal role in design. 

4. Plan ahead and Have Fun

Go to the tile or home improvement store to get an idea of what you like. See if they have samples you can take home to get an idea of how each fits in your space. Play around with shapes, textures, and patterns to find create your vision. Also, make sure to look online or in books to see all the possibilities, see what others have done with their spaces and make it your own. 

5. Cleanliness

Make sure the materials you choose are easy to clean. The last thing you want is to find out after you've already put together your backsplash that it stains easily or is a pain to clean. If you get a few samples you can also play around with how easy they are to clean. 

6. Make Sure You Have the Right Tools

 Always make sure you have the right tools for the job based on the materials you choose. Most importantly, make sure you have the right tape measure and choose eTape16. It is the best digital tape measure on the market!