The kitchen backsplash is perhaps one of the most overworked and under-thanked parts of your home. It has the important job of protecting your walls from splashes of water that naturally come when your sink is in use, but it can also impact the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen. When kitchen backsplashes are well-chosen and properly installed, they add character and warmth to the room. They may also add value to your home in the eyes of a future buyer.
There are now thousands of kitchen backsplash ideas circulating the home design industry, which makes it difficult for most homeowners to find the perfect design for their home. Selecting from a variety of modern tile materials, colors and sizes further complicates the process. That’s why it’s so important to get backsplash tile ideas from experienced designers who can look at your space and customize all elements of the design to your home.
The Importance of Design
Installing a kitchen backsplash goes beyond selecting a color or choosing between mirrored subway tiles, stone, glass or brick. An experienced kitchen designer will ensure that those tiles are positioned on the wall in a stylish manner that adds texture and visual interest to the room. Even if you select a plain white backsplash, you can add interest through positioning.
For instance, you may turn most tiles sideways to create diamond shapes across the wall while leaving one row turned to squares along the bottom. Simply turning the tile changes the appearance of even the simplest backsplash designs, allowing you to match the spirit of your home in creative ways.
If you prefer to play with color, then there are thousands of kitchen backsplash ideas that will bring your personality into the kitchen. You may create lines or columns using two or three complimentary tile colors. A wall of small glass backsplash tile can make a dramatic impact even if only one color is used. Stone tile may offer multiple colors in each tile, ranging from rich reds to muted browns and silvery whites.
The material chosen for your tile will determine the final design as well. Whether you select a cozy brick backsplash or add some shine with a glass tile backsplash, the eye of an experienced designer will ensure that the tiles are perfectly placed to bring your ideal design to life.
Do Your Counters Matter?
It’s common for designers to match kitchen backsplash tiles to the countertops, but there are no rules when it comes to selecting backsplash tile for kitchen designs. If you don’t want the tile to match the counter tops, you may select a contrasting color that creates a more sophisticated look. You may even select a tile that adds a pop of color or a new texture to the kitchen, bringing some life into a room that may otherwise feel too dark or boring.
If you don’t have the time, energy or desire to learn how to tile a backsplash, you’re in luck. Our expert home designers can help you select from a variety of upscale kitchen backsplash designs that elevate the style and value of your home. We welcome you into our kitchen showroom display at 8 West 25TH Street in the Flatiron District, or our design experts can make a house call to look at your space and get a sense of your unique style. Just give us a call at (212)242-3500 to explore your modern backsplash options.
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