Updating a kitchen backsplash is a great way to give the room a new look. Peeking out between your cabinetry and countertop, the importance of finding the right backsplash for your kitchen should not be overlooked.  It can tie the room together, make a bold style statement, or provide the perfect hint of color.  If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen backsplash, read these 5 Must-Know tips first.

 

The Space

The Space

When choosing a kitchen backsplash, the first thing you absolutely need to know is how much to buy.  Multiply the width by the height of the call to determine the square footage.  That’s the exact amount of material that you need.  But, to be safe, it’s recommended that you add an extra 10% just in case.

 

Your Budget

Your Budget

The cost of a kitchen backsplash can vary tremendously depending on the material that you choose.  Therefore, it’s important to know your budget before falling in love with something that’s just completely over the top.  However, if you are working with limited funds but want to achieve a high-end look, look for ways to incorporate a few more expensive accents in with your budget-friendly purchase.

 

The Required Maintenance

The Required Maintenance

Depending on the material you choose, you may need to occasionally seal your backsplash to keep it looking its best and protect it from cooking oils and spills.  Be clear on the required maintenance prior to installing your backsplash.  Natural tiles, like marble and slate need to be resealed once a year.  Ceramic on the other hand, is durable, easy to clean, and low cost.  Whatever the material you choose, be sure to care for it as needed.

 

Your Focal Points

Your Focal Points

In the kitchen, the eye is typically drawn to the space above the range, and above the sink.  If you are planning some elaborate designs, those are the places to put them.  However, if you have a smaller kitchen, adding more tile than needed, or extending the backsplash to wrap around the room, helps to expand the size.  It’s a way to achieve the look of more space, without knocking down walls.

 

The Grout

The Grout

Your choice of grout is just as important as your choice of backsplash.  It’s the backbone of the project, and literally holds your design together.  Therefore, it’s important to include a quality grout in your budget calculations.  Opt for a color that’s neutral, but not too white (it’ll get dirty fast) so that it complements, rather than overpowers, your backsplash.