How to choose a kitchen backsplash
Choosing a backsplash for your kitchen can be a tough decision with all of the options out there, from colors to texture to patterns, etc. I'm sharing a few tips with you to help make the process easier, whether you are doing this by yourself or working with a contractor to make your dream space come to life.
TIP 1: Stay with the trend, but don't go too "trendy"
I am all about being unique and staying up to date with the latest trends, but trends come and go and after investing in your backplash you want to be able to love it for years to come. A backsplash is an area you can have a little fun and really showcase the character in your home, but there's a way to do that without going overboard. If you like mosaic patterns I recommend choosing a more neutral tone to the mosaic tile that corresponds with the color scheme throughout your home. If you are choosing single tiles, such as a subway (small or large) consider adding a pop of color or using a material such as glass tile. My suggestion would be to make sure it's a cool, subtle shade (light blues and even a seafoam color), not something that is so bright that will be such a distraction from the rest of your kitchen.
TIP 2: Be budget saavy
Whether you have a large budget or not, there are materials that will give you the look you are going for but won't break the bank. For example, if you like the look of subway tile but may be on a tighter budget, consider choosing a ceramic material vs. marble or stone. We chose this subway tile from Bedrosians Tile & Stone (3x6, glossy beveled edge, ice white), which I am so pleased with since it was budget friendly but also has a high quality appearance (and it was great to work with for DIY with minimal breakage).
TIP 3: Don't skimp on the grout
The grout may seem like a small detail, but it can make or break the space. Same with color...the color of grout can also drastically change the look of the backsplash. There really is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing the color of the grout, but make sure it's cohesive with the rest of your kitchen. Choosing a dark grout will add more contrast and make the tile pop, but it will also become more of a focus to your backsplash. If you have a lighter tile with white grout, the focus will be more on the tile and it will provide more of a blended appearance. The 'white on white' look can also make a space appear bigger, ideal for smaller kitchens or even bathrooms however it does require a little bit of maintenance to make sure it stays white :)
TIP 4: Remember the trim pieces
Especially if you have beveled tile (like what we chose) make sure you order the trim pieces for the edges to complete and finish off the look.
NOTE: I collaborated with Bedrosians Tile and Stone for purchase of the material for our kitchen renovation backsplash project.