20 of the Most Beautiful Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

The kitchen is where many people spend a good part of their day in their home. Kitchen’s are not just about cooking and eating. They are the gathering hub of the home where family and friends come together to cook, eat, socialize, and come together. If you have ever been to a social or party at someone’s else, you have probably noticed how many times, somehow, the party will seem to somehow end up in the kitchen with people gathered around the table, island, or just milling about talking, drinking and enjoying good food. When you have a beautiful kitchen that is warm and inviting, this can be even more of a reason to want to hang out in the kitchen. One way you can create a beautiful kitchen is by designing a beautiful backsplash can tie your whole kitchen’s décor together and make the theme of your kitchen flow, from ceiling to floor. This is because backsplashes serve more than one purpose, they are functional and decorative. You too, can create the perfect backsplash design for your kitchen to give it flare, as well as add value to your home.

How to choose your backsplash tiles

  • Live with the samples – There are so many types of materials to choose from when it comes to backsplashes that it can make it difficult to choose from the material, colors and designs. In order to choose the right material, colors and design is to live with some choices for a while. Bring some samples home with you and tape them up on the wall space you want to create the backsplash on. Seeing the choices every day for a while will give you more of an idea of what the finished product will look like. Try taping one sample at a time, then have a few samples next to each other for a few days, to do comparison checks.
  • Coordinate with existing kitchen dynamics – Use the countertops in your home to coordinate backsplash ideas. The countertops are the biggest decorating dynamic that you will want to coordinate with, however, cabinets, kitchen furniture and flooring can also play a role. Be sure to also consider the style of your kitchen, is it conservative, modern or retro? Get opinions from friends and family to get their feedback on the color and theme, flow.
  • Mix-and-match tiles with your kitchen’s finishes – Mix and match colored tiles with the various finishes. Backsplashes don’t have to be all one type of material – all tile, all marble or any other stone. You can mix and match materials; such as stone with brass or copper, or granite tile with stainless steel, among other materials. You can combine the use of multiple materials to create eye-catching masterpieces rather than having a solid wall of the same material and pattern. Be creative and bold.
  • Use small tiles to pull out countertop colors – Your countertops are one of the biggest areas of color in your kitchen. Backsplashes should help to draw out the colors in your counters to tie the two in together and prevent your countertops from fading into the background. To do this, try using the main tiles mixed with smaller, color-coordinated tiles, marble or granite tiles, to break up the monotony. Create eye-catching designs to break up monotonous patterns for a “wow” factor. Geometric designs and shapes are often used in backsplashes.
  • Use the larger wall spaces to your advantage – The most wall space for backsplashes are typically found behind the stove and above sinks. These are known as high-impact zones and you will want to use these areas to your advantage to create the most dramatic effect with your tile choices. Most people’s eyes are drawn to these areas when they walk in a kitchen and are the most viewed areas when using the kitchen. They should be the focal points of your backsplash and for your creativity.

Budget awareness – If you are on a budget that doesn’t allow for large amounts of one material, this is when playing around with other materials will help out, as well. You can be budget savvy by being open-minded to other material options and ideas. Talk to your local tile and flooring store about pricing on materials and price out all of your options, then begin to experiment with the materials you are interested in, to get the best combinations. You can usually save more money by working with multiple types of materials rather than only one.

Mistakes to avoid – There are a few tips to help you avoid mistakes that could cost you time and money.

  • The primary colored tiles should always be thicker than the decorative tiles. If they aren’t, you will need to build up the wall in those areas in order for everything to lay flush. This can be costly and take more time to get to the finished product.
  • Trim pieces are the finished product of completing a backsplash, so don’t forget to add them. Make sure you find out what the recommended trims and moldings are that would go with your types of materials or tiles. When you order them with the rest of your materials, it is easier to make sure they are the right thickness and colors, as opposed to having to order after-the-fact. You cannot guarantee the sameness if they come from a different batch.
  • Ask the store if the products and materials you want are in stock. If the store carries what you want in stock, this can be helpful if you need extra or need to replace anything once you get started. If it isn’t, ask them if they would mind carrying it in stock for you. Having your products on hand in a store can save a lot of time, confusion and frustration.

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