One of the most nerve wracking moments for a homeowner remodeling their kitchen is designing the kitchen backsplash.
1) What color tile is best? 2) What kind of tile – porcelain, ceramic, natural stone? 3) What sort of design would look good? 4) Lots of detail, no detail? 5) How much will it cost?
Lots of nervousness and agitation in something that seems so simple. At least until you’re picking out your own and realizing how permanent it is. Well, semi-permanent. It can always be changed……just at a price. And whatever we select we want it to be something we’ll enjoy for years to come, not grow tired of in a year or two. The best solution – (well, hire an experienced interior designer) the next best solution – look at lots and lots of pictures and kitchens to get an idea of the look and feel you are after. Below is a broad – very broad – range of styles in different design patterns and colors. Take a look and see what style works best for you.
Here you see neutral tones in natural stone, with a picture frame design over the cooktop using mosaic tiles for a border and etched tiles for the patterned “picture”. Subtle, but full of impact.
A Tuscan theme with the gold’s and rusts – staggered natural stone subway tiles (that’s the 3×6 shape) and painted tiles to create a mural.
Another look with painted tiles.
Admittedly, not for everyone, but wouldn’t this animal mural would be a conversation starter?
Natural stone on a diagonal with 2×2 inserts. Notice the horizontal row at the bottom outside the cooktop area.
More natural stone.
Incorporating metal tiles and accents with natural stone is always an interesting, fun look.
Glass mosaics make a striking backsplash. They come in a multitude of colors:
Fun and interesting kitchen backsplash for the daring and fun-loving..
There’s always the new approach to good old white ceramic tiles of the past. Very clean and timeless.
And for the more industrial or modern types check these out.
There are a multitude of styles and colors and patterns to choose from. Your overall design style will dictate much of it. Are you modern, Tuscan, traditional, funky, etc….? Kitchen remodeling can be expensive and scary so as I said your best defense is hiring an experienced interior designer. Aside from that I would suggest you peruse magazines, books, wander through home improvement centers, tile stores and model homes – snapping as many pictures as you can to start forming your own style. You’ll start to notice a trend in the colors, shapes, styles you are drawn to. And, if you see a look you really like tear the picture out of a magazine or take a picture with your camera and just duplicate the exact same look for your own kitchen. That’ll ease your mind and you’ll know what you’re getting. No surprises.
But, take your time and be sure you know what you want. It’s an expensive thing to fix if you make a mistake. So take a deep breath, take your time and do your homework before you make those final decisions. Then have fun and get excited! You’ll soon be cooking in a new kitchen! How exciting!