• How To Select Kitchen Backsplash Tile

    How To Select Kitchen Backsplash Tile

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    March 20, 2017

    Remodeling a kitchen requires a variety of educated decisions.

    Choosing kitchen backsplash is one of them and you need to take your time to choose wisely.

    Of course, there are a variety of other kitchen components to keep in mind that aren’t on this list, so always consult with an Edge Showroom designer before purchasing/installing your backsplash.

    The following are a few considerations to make when choosing a tile backsplash.

    Let’s get started…

    Color/Neutral

    Color is likely the first decision you’ll make.  You’ll need to decide if you want your backsplash colorful or neutral.  Although a colorful backsplash has immediate impact — a neutral backsplash can add just as much character.

    It all comes down to the other colors and materials being used, as well as your personal taste.

    Height

    Backsplash height is often overlooked.  The backsplash has to end somewhere and cabinetry can be the deciding factor.  If you just want a hint of tile, only bring your backsplash up to the bottom of your cabinet or first shelf.

    If you want more tile, you can often extend your backsplash to the ceiling in areas where there are no cabinets, such as over the sink or stove.  A counter to ceiling installation makes the tile a focal point in your kitchen.

    Material

    The material you choose for your backsplash is just as important as color.

    You’ll need to figure out which type of tile (Ceramic, Glass, Brick, Hand-painted, Edge) will work best.

    This decision needs to be based on your personal preference, as well as the overall design.  If your kitchen is rustic or industrial — Brick might work best.  If it’s clean and contemporary, a crisp matte glaze Ceramic tile line will work best.

    Of course, there are a variety of other kitchen components to keep in mind that aren’t on this list, so always consult with an Edge Showroom designer before purchasing/installing your backsplash.

    Countertops

    Your tile backsplash is going to be pressing up against your countertops so it’s important to make sure the materials and colors work together.  If you choose a colorful countertop material, you’ll want to choose a neutral tile color.  If your countertops are neutral, choose tile that complements the texture and tone.

    Shape and Pattern

    Do you prefer classic shapes or fun patterns?

    If you want your kitchen to remain classic in design — stick with a 3 x 6 subway tile layout or even a 4 x 4 straight set pattern.  Field tile will transcend trends.

    Specialty shapes can be just as timeless.  They can work very well in both color and neutrals.  You want to make sure the color and shape you are choosing fits well in both the kitchen, as well as the rest of the home.

    Budget

    Budget is very important.

    If your budget is tight, you’ll want to lean toward standard field or hand-painted sizes.  Classic white field tile is a great budget friendly way to add handmade, artistic appeal to your kitchen without breaking the bank.

    Remember that specialty shapes and intricate glazes cost a bit more.  The manufacturing process is more detailed.  Custom colors also drive up the price.

    So before choosing your dream tile, set your budget and then consult with an Edge Showroom designer.

    Feel free to stop into Builder Supply Outlet or the Edge Showroom with any home improvement questions you may have regarding tile, backsplash, windows, kitchen cabinets, remodeling, construction, contractors, designing/installing a new kitchen or bathroom — or anything else.  We can help you through the entire design and installation process from A-Z.  Or call us anytime in Broadview, IL at 1-708-343-3900 or in Orland Park, IL at 1-844-876-3343.  You can also make an appointment to meet with one of our Edge Kitchen and Bathroom designers at no charge by clicking here.