Backsplash tile can take your kitchen design to a whole new level. Today we will give advice on selecting the right kind of backsplash for your kitchen.
Types of Backsplash
There is an overwhelming amount of options out there that you can use as backsplash. You can do just about anything, but we will go over the pros and cons of each so that you can make a more informed decision.
Porcelain or Ceramic Tile
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are one of the most common types of backsplash. These can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, and can either be single pieces, or sold as a sheet of smaller mosaic tiles. Generally speaking, this is your most cost effective type of backsplash, and the most readily available. The biggest trend we’ve been seeing with porcelain tile for kitchen backsplashes has been to go clean and simple with subway tile.
This translucent and reflective type of tile is quite popular today. It comes in a variety of colours, sizes, and finishes, and is known for its depth. Glass tile fits right in with modern decor, and is frequently used in mixed mosaic tiles as well. Glass tends to be a bit more expensive than porcelain, and you need a proper tile saw to cut it, but it is easy to clean and practically maintenance free.
Stone and Marbles
Natural stone and marble backsplashes fit right in with traditional decor. Although readily available, they’re not as widely used for a few reasons. With any natural product, there comes a higher price tag and more maintenance. Stone and marbles tend to be porous, and so a sealant is typically used. Rough cut stone is also an option, however most people shy away from this as it is tough to clean in such a busy area.
Other Backsplash Ideas
If none of these options strike you, there are a few more creative ideas for backsplash! For a wonderfully seamless look, you can use your countertop as the backsplash. This is really dramatic if you have a busy counter top, like this one from Cambria.
Another seamless and clean option, is to use a full sheet of glass or stainless steel. This gives a really modern look, but beware, this can be expensive!
If you’re still lost on what type of backsplash or design you should go with, here are some tips to make your life easier.
- What is your budget? As mentioned above, some of these backsplashes can get really expensive, and some are recommended to be installed professionally.
- What kind of maintenance are you comfortable with? If you’re cooking with spices that stain, and are a bit messy with the tomato sauce, you probably want to stick with something low maintenance like porcelain or glass. A light marble backsplash isn’t meant to have red tomato stains in it! Glass and porcelain don’t need to be sealed, and are typically easy to wipe down.
- What style of kitchen are you going with? As much as you might love glass, it might be a little modern for your traditional style kitchen. Try and stick with design styles that co-ordinate well together, otherwise you’ll wind up with an expensive mish-mash look.
- What does your counter top look like? The trend with kitchen design has gone towards a simpler and less busy look. If you’ve picked out a wild and busy granite, you might want to stick with a simple backsplash. The reverse is also true: if you’ve fallen in love with a busy mosaic tile, stick with a clean counter top.
Still overwhelmed? Don’t worry! Alford’s has designers on staff who can help you co-ordinate your look. We also have professional installers if you’re looking for a hassle free installation.
Check out our suppliers on our porcelain tile page!