Everything You Need to Know Before Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash

Your backsplash can tie the whole kitchen together if you get the design right.

While your backsplash may be tucked behind a number of cabinets and appliances, that doesn’t mean it isn’t an important part of your kitchen. Sometimes, a backsplash is what really ties all the different elements of a kitchen together and can actually steal the spotlight from other kitchen elements. Your backsplash has the potential to look beautiful and extravagant, but before you go and decide on which one is right for you, here are a few things you should know first.

Thinking About Size

To determine how much square footage you’re dealing with—which in turn determines how much material you’ll need to get the job done—simply multiply the width of the wall by its height. To be safe, you will want to account for an extra 10 percent of tile in case any pieces are damaged or you decide to do some more extensive work with it.

Two Focal Points

When people take a look at a kitchen, they’re typically drawn to two areas: the area above the range and the area above the sink. These are the spaces where you can concentrate your creativity when designing your backsplash and have the most fun, as people will end up looking at it much more.

Knowing Materials

Typically, there are three options most often used for backsplashes. Glass is elegant but it isn’t super durable so it may not be wise if you have children, plus it’s also a costly option. Natural stone, on the other hand, also has a visually appealing look but it does require some maintenance in the form of an updated sealing about once a year. Lastly, ceramic or porcelain options are durable, easy to clean, and low cost, making it an appealing option for most kinds of homeowners.

Don’t Skimp on Grout

Oftentimes, homeowners looking into a backsplash will forget about putting money into good grout. While color and pattern trends change over the years, and so too can your tiles, you’ll always need a good grout to tie everything together. This can be a real deal maker or breaker for backsplashes so be sure to invest in the right grout from the get go!

Offering Quality Materials From Johnson Lumber

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