One of the most important rooms in your house is the kitchen. Not just because it’s the place where meals are prepared but because of the value a well-designed kitchen can add to your home.
Most realtors will tell you that house hunters place a lot of focus on bathrooms and kitchens when deciding whether to purchase a home or not. If you plan on selling your home one day, an outdated, unattractive kitchen will no doubt turn away a potential buyer. On the other hand, an attractive and modernized kitchen can add substantial resale value to your home.
So it is always wise to invest in a well-designed kitchen. But don’t panic. You don’t have to break the bank and spend tens of spend thousands of dollars to remodel and update the look of your kitchen.
In a previous blog we talked about choosing the best paint colour for your kitchen area so now let’s look at another way you can personalize and spruce up your kitchen.
One simple way to add a touch of style to your kitchen is with a unique, eye-catching back-splash. A back-splash is installed along the wall directly behind the kitchen sink and counter. It can be full height (from counter to ceiling) or it can be installed in the space between the counter and your kitchen cabinets. It may even be just a few inches high.
A back-splash isn’t just for decoration, it actually serves a practical purpose as it protects the wall behind the sink from water and splashing, hence the name back-splash. A kitchen can be a very messy place with food and drinks spilling and splattering so the risk of hard to remove stains developing on your walls is high. The back-splash offers a form of protection from stains as well as from mildew and mould growth that can occur when moisture seeps into the wall. A back-splash can also be installed behind your stove to protect the wall from grease and fluids from cooking. Additionally, installing a back-splash is a great way to hide any flaws in your walls like crack, holes or other imperfections.
But apart from its functional purpose, a back-splash can be a major part of your kitchen design and can actually be the focal point of your kitchen. It can add a flair to an otherwise plain and boring looking kitchen. If properly done, it can complement your kitchen fixtures and furniture and bring the design together.
The most common material for kitchen backsplashes is tile as tiles are durable and easy to clean. It takes little more than a damp cloth to clean spills and splatter from a tile surface. Not to mention they come in a wide variety of colours and designs you can choose from so you are bound to find something that suits your tastes.
You can choose between porcelain, ceramic and other types of low budget tile or if you want to splurge a little you may go for granite or marble tile for your back-splash.
When choosing your kitchen backsplash, you should keep in mind how it will fit in with your walls, floor, countertops and other fixtures. You can choose a design that matches with the surrounding décor or you can opt for a design that contrasts with the rest of the kitchen and stand out.
There are also other materials you can use for your backsplash apart from tiles. Another common back-splash material is back-painted glass. The reflectiveness of glass can make light bounce around your kitchen and make it seem brighter. Glass is also easy to clean and can create a unique and modern look. Metal, laminate and even stone backsplashes have also been rising in popularity.
Now let’s explore some popular tile designs that you might want to consider installing for use as your kitchen backsplash. Square tiles are common but they are not the only option of tile.
Tiles can also come in a diagonal cut that can create a symmetrical and unique look. Diagonal tiles tend to cost more and are trickier to install but will give your kitchen a more interesting look that regular square tiles.
Laser cut tiles are another unusual style that can be used if you want something out of the ordinary. These tiles are cut using laser technology and the pieces join together like an intricate jigsaw puzzle resulting in an elaborately designed back-splash. Laser cut tiles tend to be quite expensive however.
Subway tiles are some of the most popular back-splash tiles. They are called subway tiles after the tiles used in most subway stations and they can create a classic and clean cut look.
There is really no limit to the styles, colours and patterns you can use when installing your kitchen backsplash. And it is a simple and effective way to upgrade your kitchen without any extensive or costly remodeling.
Installing a kitchen back-splash can be a simple process or a difficult one depending on the size and style of your kitchen. But to be safe, make sure to consult a knowledgeable professional like the ones here at TriniHelper who can guide you on choosing the materials and executing your project in the best possible way.
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