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How to Choose the Right Tile for Your Backsplash

Guide on choosing the right tile for your backsplash, from design to installation.


Backsplash installation

The subtlety of a backsplash can make a huge impact on the overall look of a kitchen or bathroom. The right choice can make a room feel lighter, brighter, or more peaceful. Whether you need a backsplash to create an elegant design statement, add warmth to your space, help with the soundproofing of your walls, protect your countertops from spills, or even add privacy to a bathroom, this guide will help you choose the right tile for your backsplash.


What is a backsplash?


A backsplash is the part of the wall behind your kitchen sink, stove, and often your oven.


What are your style options?


Backsplashes tend to be made of ceramic, stone, metal, or glass and can be placed either vertically or horizontally.


Laying the tile


The most important thing you should do when laying tile is to cover all gaps with a thin layer of grout. The good news is that there are a variety of colors to choose from when it comes time to choose the grout color. While it's a subtle choice, it can make a big statement so choose wisely when looking for the perfect grout color.


Cleaning the tile


Backsplashes are areas that get a lot of traffic, so they can get dirty quickly. But, they're very easy to keep clean with multi-purpose sprays and a quick swipe over with a kitchen towel.


The design process


Choosing the right tile for your backsplash is about more than just matching your kitchen cabinets. It’s about personal taste, function, and budget. You want something that will be long-lasting, durable, and will match the design and functionality of your kitchen or bathroom. Whether you're looking for something neutral that can remain timeless with different designs statements or something that's bold and stand out, this is an important factor to consider when choosing the best backsplash for your home.


Materials


Ceramic tile is a popular material, but it can be fragile. Consider porcelain tiles for their sturdiness.


Budget


Budget is an important consideration, but don’t think of it as an expense. Think of it as an investment in your home. However, backsplash installation is usually a more budget-friendly renovation that can change the entire look of a bathroom or kitchen.


Installation


Installation is the final step in the process, but it's also one of the most important. You want to make sure that your kitchen or bathroom is prepped and ready for your contractor to come in and remove the current backsplash or that the area around it is ready for construction. We always recommend removing kitchen utensils, bathroom necessities, etc. to ensure that the area is cleared and ready to be a worksite during installation.


Are you looking for the most popular backsplash trends this year? Check out this blog post for backsplash inspiration!



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