How to Choose a Kitchen Backsplash
Choosing a backsplash is a fun part of your kitchen makeover project. There are so many choices, from bright white subway tiles, to colored mosaic patterns, to reflective glass.
A Kitchen Backsplash Offers Beauty and Function
Kitchen backsplash tile is the most popular way to protect the walls in your cooking area. These tiles run directly from the top of the countertop to the bottom of your kitchen cabinets. The original function was to protect your walls from wet and mess when cooking, but today they bring beauty into this functionality.
Sometimes they blend with the kitchen countertops or cabinets, and sometimes they bring accent or focal colors into the kitchen.
Quality matters a lot. Don’t choose tile only because you love the color or pattern. A poorly manufactured product won't provide the durability or look you want.
Where to Shop for Kitchen Backsplashes?
We recommend you select from the quality inventory at Hamilton Parker. Let them know you are working with our sister company, 365 Renovations, because they do not sell to retail customers. We'll pass our contractor discounts on to you to ensure you get top quality products for the best price.
Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
Backsplash tiles come in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns. It can truly be overwhelming. There are traditional 4x4 squares, 2x16 subway tile rectangles, glass tile hexagons, and other geometric shapes.
These tile patterns are both solid and multi-colored. You can coordinate with your kitchen color scheme or create a standout statement in your kitchen.
Kitchen backsplash tiles come in a variety of material too, from ceramic to glass, and natural stone to metal. Consider how durable and easy to clean the material is as you make your choice. You’ll regret choosing a beautiful backsplash that is hard to maintain.
Subway Tile Backsplash
A white subway tile backsplash is the timeless classic. This clean look is a complement to any kitchen décor. White and gray subway tiles remain one of the most popular options for kitchen backsplashes, but there are many other colors.
They come in several shapes and sizes such as standard 3x16 rectangles or 4x4 squares. Lay them out in unique pattern for a distinctive look. Subway tiles are nonporous ceramic, so they do not absorb liquids and are easy to wipe off.
Glass Tile Backsplash
Glass is strong, beautiful, and easy to clean. Like a ceramic subway tile backsplash, glass is nonporous. It will not absorb staining liquids like tomato sauce. This means easy cleaning after making up a batch of grandma’s secret spaghetti sauce recipe!
Glass tiles are environmentally-friendly and come in an endless variety of colors and shapes. Think squares, hexagons, rectangles, and even round pieces. Glass brings color and brightness into a darker space as it collects and reflects light.
Natural Stone Backsplash
Finishing your kitchen makeover project with a natural stone backsplash brings the texture and feel of nature into your kitchen.
Unlike subway or glass backsplashes, natural stone requires frequent sealing and special cleaning to maintain its beauty.
The stone materials are porous. They can absorb and stain if splattered with food or liquids.
Mosaic Tile Backsplash
Mosaic refers to the size and configuration of the tiles you are installing. A mosaic pattern comprises many smaller tiles. These patterns often include assorted colors, textures, and even materials.
Purchase kitchen backsplash mosaic tiles in sheets of patterns where the individual smaller tiles attach to each other with a fine mesh.
The tile installer places each sheet next to each other to complete the kitchen backsplash.
Herringbone Kitchen Backsplash
A herringbone pattern is created with rectangles using any tile material.
Instead of laying them in a horizontal or vertical pattern, the tiles lay at angles to each other and even to the countertop or cabinets.
There are many configurations of herringbone depending on how the tiles are turned and the angle they are placed.
Tour of Kitchens
A fun activity we'd encourage you to attend is the annual Junior League of Cincinnati Tour of Kitchens. During this charitable event, you can tour the kitchens of some of our celebrated chefs and local celebrities.
Also mark your calendar to visit our booth at the annual Cincinnati Remodeling Expo. You'll find inspiration in kitchen design for your cabinet painting or kitchen makeover project.
Kitchen Backsplash Installation
Backsplashes are part of our kitchen makeover service. Add this element to your project, and we'll guide you in choosing your new backsplash so that it correlates well with the overall style and color scheme.
We take measurements and coordinate the prep work needed before installation. Preparation includes removing the old backsplash, drywall repairs, and getting the wall surface ready for your tile.
Let's us do the hard work, while you enjoy the fun part of creating a kitchen you'll love spending time in for years to come. Call now to schedule a consultation estimate. And while we're there, ask us about upgrades to your cabinet hardware, best kitchen faucets and kitchen island colors.
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