Choosing Kitchen backsplashApril 7, 2017
As all interior design, the kitchen is also made up from the sum of individual design aspects; cabinets, countertops, utensils, lighting, and of course; the backsplash. I think that the very essence of a kitchen is defined by some very prominent features, and backsplash definitely makes the top of the list. A backsplash is actually that two – two-and-a-half foot tall gap between the countertop and the top cabinets that is lined with the material and accent of choice. It would be suffice to say that the backsplash plays a large role in defining the personality of your kitchen, and in turn defining your taste as well. Whatever you choose to use as a backsplash has to be complementary to the overalls style of your kitchen, yet has to be contradictory enough to play as a contrast at the same time.
There are quite a number of things that you need to know in order to select a good, sturdy kitchen backsplash, the least of which is the aesthetic. There are quite a few logistics to be considered as well; a guideline of sorts to make a checklist. This way, you can tick off all the qualities that a backsplash of your choice has on the list to get the best results. Without further ado, let us define the qualitative spectrum of choosing the best kitchen backsplash.
1. Invest within the bigger footprint
See, the thing about backsplash is, that even when it feels like it doesn’t take a lot of square-footage, it really does. The horizontal strip of wall that lines above the countertop is maximum impact area, and therefore, the backsplash is almost always at eye-level with the observer. You need to heed this visual impact while selecting your choice backsplash.
The backslash needs to carry a visual weight of its own, so invest in patterns and mix-and-match tones – something that plays on the dynamic of the visuals, keeps the eye moving from one point to another without being drab or monotonous. The horizontal displacement of the backsplash impact zone makes it seem like it’s a big enough area, but its dimensions create the visual illusion of compact smallness; which means you can go as bold and as avant-garde as you possibly want to!
2. Decide on that perfect choice
We digress; it’s hard to make a quick choice when there are so many amazing options available in the market. The colors, materials, texture, sheen; they all vary from backsplash to backsplash, and your heart might be set on one thing, while your brain vies for another. That’s completely fine. All you have to do is, live with the sample for a little while, think it over; imagine what it would look like with the matching cabinets and countertop. Imagining the finished product is half the battle within the war of the perfect interior design.
If, even after all the mulling over, your heart never staggers from more than one options, then there is always room for a bit of mix-and-match. See, that’s the beauty of backsplash – it comes as a puzzle piece that can be shuffled nicely with other design aspects. So if ever you feel like the metal accents would do nicely with the mosaic fresco design then go for it!
3. Mind the budget
I’d say that budget is the bane of every designers existence, but that won’t be true. Some designers actually take a lot of pleasure in the challenge of revamping on a budget. With respect to the backsplash though, I’d say follow the ceramic tail – since the backsplash is literally a vertical surface, there is less danger of chafing along with wear and tear.
Investing in porcelain backsplash is just overkill, but never skimp on the grout. It doesn’t matter what kind of a beautiful tile you’ve selected – if it doesn’t stick to the wall, then it’s not worth it. So pay attention to the grouting; make sure of its quality and be flexible about the tile budget if you have to.
4. Consider the wear-and-tear timeline
While most materials can be used as back-splash, it is important to consider the sealing process. Porous materials like bamboo and natural tile need to be sealed within a regular timeframe – a bit of a hassle, but aesthetic, right? On the other hand, stainless steel and ceramic backsplash tiles do not need this additional check. Stainless steel, however has to be maintained on a regular basis, and its adhesive grout needs to have an additional additive for a fresher, cleaner look. In the grand scheme of things, all backsplash choices need a certain level of maintenance – so in the end, it really just depends on you; how much are you willing to bother on the maintenance?
5. Try to be eco-friendly
We live in an industrious era, where eco-friendliness should be second nature, but really isn’t. So when you go hunting for that perfect backsplash, try to be a little bit eco-friendly and consider a few environmental friendly options. Cork mosaics are a good option if you want a natural, organic vibe, while recycled glass is more contemporary and modish. These come in a number of sizes that could be rearranged to form the perfect puzzle piece.
A number of choices means a lot of headache on the part of the customer, but there’s no need to worry. Now you can make your very own survey checklist while you go shopping for the perfect kitchen backsplash.