How to Choose a Backsplash for Your Kitchen

How to pick a backsplash for your kitchen How to Choose a Backsplash for Your Kitchen

It happens to even the best cooks: a pot boils over or a blender lid gets loose. Suddenly your newly-painted wall is covered in food stains.

That’s one of the reasons why backsplashes are so popular. By installing one, you can protect your wall against stray food and more.

Besides that, kitchen backsplashes are a great way to add a unique design element that adds a splash of color to the room. A well-designed backsplash can bring other design elements together perfectly.

Keep reading to learn more about how to choose a backsplash that is perfect for you and your kitchen.

Considerations for Backsplashes

There are five things that you need to think about when choosing a backsplash for your kitchen.

As you may already know, every person will have different needs and wants so there’s no perfect backsplash that works for every person or even every kitchen.

1. Material

Pick a material for your backsplash

The first thing you want to do is look at the material options for your backsplash. There are several to pick from, including:

  • Exposed brick
  • Stainless steel
  • Tile
  • Mirror
  • Glass
  • Acrylic
  • Stone

While using tile may be the most cost-effective, glass backsplashes are popular because they’re easy-to-clean, heat-resistant, and gorgeous with the right kind of lighting.

2. Purpose

How to choose the right size backsplash

The area of your kitchen in which you’re adding a backsplash will determine what type you need.

For example, the area above the stove will need to be fireproof whereas the space behind the sink should be waterproof above all.

No matter where it is, you’ll want a backsplash that’s washable. It’s inevitable that it’s going to get dirty at some point, so you want to be able to easily wash off whatever gets on it.

3. Size

Something else to think about is the size of the backsplash. This will mostly determine the size of the pattern.

Typically, if you’re covering a large area, you’ll need a larger pattern. A smaller area can have smaller pattern elements.

4. Color

How to choose a backsplash color

The color of your backsplash will most likely be determined by the color scheme you have in the rest of your kitchen.

You can either have it blend well with the rest of the colors or allow it to be an accent.

If most of your kitchen is done with lighter colors, a dark backsplash can be a fun way to draw attention to it.

Alternatively, if using a mostly neutral color scheme, using a brightly-colored backsplash can bring an element of fun to the room.

5. Price

Of course, you’ll also need to consider your budget when picking out a backsplash.

Keep in mind that this is something that will be in your home for a while so you should spend a little more on it since you’ll enjoy it for a number of years.

Installing a new backsplash

Now you know what to think about when it comes to kitchen backsplashes. Once you’ve got yours installed, it’s time to get to work in your kitchen.

If you want more tips and tricks for every part of the kitchen, be sure to check out our blog. There, you can find recipes, design tips, tool guides, and appliance reviews.

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