3 Things to Consider When Selecting a Backsplash

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The kitchen is often said to be the heart and soul of the home in many ways. It is the place where meals are made, stomachs are filled, and we spend time bonding with friends and family over small moments from our days. This is the room where we try out recipes from Pinterest and expand our palettes to learn more about the world around us. Kitchens are wonderful, and they are even better when they look nice. This includes a variety of different kitchen components.

“We’ve picked the counters and cabinets, but something is missing…”

“You are right. Now, it is time to pick out your backsplash—let’s discuss how you can choose the perfect backsplash to accentuate your kitchen.”

Kitchen renovations are one of the more popular options that are available, and they can come with a fair bit of decision-making. Backsplashes offer a protective surface that keeps traditional walls from staining when your spaghetti sauce splashes or your curry splatters—but they are also a wonderful opportunity to enhance the look and feel of your kitchen as well. In this article, we will explore what to consider when choosing a backsplash for your brand new kitchen renovation.

The Styles

The first consideration when choosing a backsplash is the actual styles involved. Depending on the features that your backsplash offers, you will find that each one has its own unique look and style. These styles will play a notable role in the overall appearance of your kitchen, and they present a unique opportunity to receive that perfect feeling that you want in your kitchen.

“Our kitchen is built around a more traditional design—does this mean that our backsplash should just be a plain white or black?”

“You can certainly go that route, but you might be surprised by just how many options are available that will still suit that perfect timeless design. Let me show you a few.”

When you first realize just how many options are available for your kitchen, you might find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed. With so many different styles, it is completely natural to wonder how you can possibly choose the right one. Fortunately, with the right considerations, you will be able to pick a backsplash that perfectly balances the overall design in your brand-new kitchen—and this can be a lot of fun too! 

“We’ve kept things pretty traditional, but I kind of want to have a little bit of fun with the backsplash.”

“That’s great! A bold backsplash can add the perfect pop of color or act as an accent in the kitchen.”

Stylistically, there are so many different directions to go when choosing a backsplash. You might want something that is bold and funky—an option that can help you to truly make your kitchen match your personal aesthetic—something traditional and timeless, or maybe even something modern and futuristic. 

Consider the Impact of Color

Color plays a huge role in the overall style of a backsplash. Some colors suit certain styles more than others, and while there is always room to find a balance between style and color, color can have a major and unavoidable impact in some cases. You won’t receive that perfect timeless look if you choose a flurry of vibrant colors, just like you won’t create a sense of fun by using all dark colors.

“I want that perfect classic look that will age well with the house. I have heard that a timeless design holds more value in a home.”

“This can certainly be true. Timeless designs do a lot for home value, particularly if you aren’t planning to sell for a while. You will probably want neutral colors. Let’s see what we have.”

For a timeless design, neutral colors are always a good choice. Neutral colors come together to create a sense of cohesiveness and comfort. Since these colors blend well with others, they offer a nice and approachable look—but, more importantly, they support that timeless style because they never go out of style themselves. Neutral colors have been consistently popular throughout history, and they tend to hold their relevancy, even as decades go by.

“I’m looking for a fresh and bold pop of color to lighten the place up and remind me to get excited when I’m meal-prepping!”

Anyone looking for a kitchen that is more modern will be better suited to choose bold and bright colors—or the more futuristic metal colors that are becoming more popular. These color choices really bring that modern look and feel, and they can brighten up any kitchen instantly.

Focus on Patterns

Every backsplash will have its own pattern, and these can vary quite a bit. Patterns can range from geometric shapes to actual printed designs with shapes and images on them, so there is plenty of room to find something that suits your style here. 

“I had no idea just how many patterns there are for backsplashes. How can I possibly choose?”

“Don’t worry. Let’s look at your overall design—and what you want to accomplish with the backsplash!”

Plain-colored designs are versatile and can suit a wide variety of styles, but other pattern choices can be more specific to the styles themselves. Depending on how the patterns combine with the colors that you choose, you will find that there is plenty of room to create a unique look through pattern choice.

“I can do simple squares or herringbone. How can I possibly decide?”

“Looking at your existing design, herringbone might just add that extra pop of spirit that you have been hoping for!”

Geometric shapes are favored among different styles, but the more simplistic they are, the more they will create that timeless feel. Of course, if you are looking for a bolder or more modern design, you will find that less common shapes and patterns are a more popular choice. This will allow you to foster that sense of fun and vibrancy through more engaging designs.

Find Your Balance

When choosing your patterns and colors, it is important to find a good balance. If you want a truly timeless backsplash, you will find that simplicity is key—but this isn’t your only choice. Many modern homeowners seek a sort of balance between timeless and modern, and the results can be absolutely stunning.

“I know that our design is fairly subtle, but what can we do to add a little splash of life to it?”

“With the right pattern or pop of color, you can bring a little something extra to your kitchen!”

Pairing a simple design with bold colors is an easy way to reign in the appearance of a backsplash. It allows you to accentuate a modern style without overdoing it, and there are countless ways to approach this. Using a more engaging pattern or design with neutral colors can have the same effect. Sometimes it is helpful to just experiment with different patterns and colors to see what will work. A timeless design with a bold flash of color just might be exactly what your kitchen needs!

The Material

The materials that you choose can also play a key role in how the actual appearance of the backsplash influences the style of your kitchen. Materials can offer different looks and feels, but they can also come at different price points. It is important to consider what you want—and how much work you are willing to put in to maintain them.

Natural Stone

Now more than ever, natural stone is a popular choice—and it is often considered to be fairly timeless. A natural stone backsplash can accommodate any color palette, making it highly versatile. It is effective at balancing the overall aesthetic of a kitchen, but it does come with a couple of considerations.

“So far, the decisions that we have made all have this very natural feel. Wood floors, marble countertops—what’s next?”

“Natural stone will carry on your natural feel while adding a distinguished touch too!”

The first consideration is the price. Natural stone is more expensive than some of the other alternatives, though many people believe that it is well worth it. Additionally, it is important to consider the porous nature of the natural stone. You will need to seal and maintain this backsplash for the future in order to help it hold its value and remain resistant to staining.

Porcelain

Porcelain is a very popular option for backslashes because it can offer the perfect look and a very easy experience. This is the cheaper option compared to natural stone, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that this material looks or feels cheap. 

“Wow, porcelain definitely fits our budget—but is it as good as the other options?”

“Porcelain is a wonderful and versatile material. Most of our homeowners love it. Let’s talk through just how versatile this material is!”

The primary reason that people love this material aside from the price is the fact that it is not porous and does not need to be sealed. This means that it is incredibly easy to maintain, but more importantly, it means that it is also very easy to clean. Every home chef knows that messes can be made very easily, particularly with children in the home, and this can really help. 

“Porcelain can look like anything? How is that possible?”

“Welcome to the wonder that is printed materials!”

Something that really separates porcelain from other materials is the fact that it can come with any style, color, or pattern. Since this is a printed product, it offers tremendous versatility in design. Realistically, your porcelain material could look like anything and still offer the same great experience, making it ideal for timeless and modern designs alike. 

The Transition Piece

The transition piece is the part of the backsplash that rests where the tile meets the wall. This simple piece isn’t something that you would really think about when imagining a backsplash in your mind, but it is a surprisingly important component that can have a rather large impact on the design as a whole. A transition piece can really pull your look together, so choosing the right one is important.

Porcelain Piece

A porcelain piece is once again a cheap and neutral option that will fit in well with almost any design. This material works well for anyone looking to have complete control over the appearance of a transition piece, but they are really a good option because they always provide that polished finish. These pieces are known to fit well and offer us a simple finish that is also easy to clean.

Metal Piece

For anyone looking to create a truly modern look, metal pieces can be a truly incredible option. Metal pieces provide a really sleek transition between the tile and the wall, and they can make a really beautiful accent. In design, a flash of metal can do a great job of drawing attention in all of the right ways.

“I want something daringly modern, but I don’t want something too over the top, if that makes sense.”

“Surprisingly, it does. Let’s look at some of the metal transition pieces and see if that will suit your definition of modern.”

Something interesting about metal pieces is that you don’t see the grout joints with them, which further enhances that sleek transition and flawless feel. Interestingly enough, in order to obtain this style, these pieces are added prior to the installation of the backsplash itself. In the end, you are left with a stunning and seamless look that suits modern kitchens in the best possible way.

The Takeaway

Backsplashes are easily forgotten by homeowners until we get there in the design process, but most of them realize how relevant these pieces are very quickly. A backsplash is a prominent piece of the kitchen that can really pull the perfect look together. While you might be excited about your large new sink or your beautiful countertops, don’t forget to consider your backsplash and what it can bring as well. Making the right decision here can take your kitchen from stunning to absolutely perfect in the end.

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