Choosing Your Backsplash
The backsplash is usually the last step in a kitchen remodeling project. It can also be a bit overwhelming because of all the options. So here are some guidelines that I use when working with homeowners on their dream kitchen design.
Look at the Counter
The countertop and backsplash meet one another, so it is important to first consider what material you will use for the backsplash that will work the best with the countertop you chose. They are lot of options including, stainless steel, laminate and bamboo just to name a few. But by far the most common material used are tiles.
If your countertop is a very busy granite you want to use a plain tile so that the two patterns don’t clash. If your using a quartz countertop that has a consistent, plain pattern to it, you can use a tile that has more of a pattern and movement. Use the countertop for guidance on the color palette for the backsplash as well. Pick up on a color fleck in the countertop and use it as the primary or an accent color in your backsplash.
A good guide line to keep in mind is that if you use a monochromatic, same color tone, tile you space will blend together and make the space look bigger, but if you use more of a contrasting color for the back splash it will make the space more interesting to the eye.
Consider the Style you are trying to achieve
You want your backsplash to be match with the rest of the kitchen design. Use rustic or textured tiles in farmhouse, country and Tuscan kitchen designs. Use contemporary tiles with clean edges in a modern style kitchen. Use subway tiles in a ranch style home, arts and craft style tiles vin a Craftsman home and hand made, hand painted tiles in Victorian style homes.
The size of the tile should match the scale of the kitchen space.
If the tiles you decide to install are very large and your kitchen space is a bit on the small side, it can look a little strange. The same can be said if the tiles are to small and the kitchen space is larger in size.
Match the Grout with the color of the tiles.
This will give the tile a more unified look. It will also help to ensure that any mistakes a less noticeable.
Where to Find tile in the Lehigh Valley
Garden State Tile – Bethlehem PA www.gstile.com
Savona Tile – Whitehall PA www.savonatile.com