Design Recipes: Cathy’s Home Staging Secrets – 3 Tips for Finding the Right Backsplash

January 7, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016
A new backsplash is a relatively simple way to completely transform your kitchen.
A new backsplash is a relatively simple way to completely transform your kitchen.

If you’re looking to add a splash of color, or a hint of glamour into your kitchen, you may want to invest in updating your backsplash.

Your kitchen backsplash is a fast and simple way to update your kitchen. And it can also be a great personality piece. From subtle and laidback, to bold and retro –no matter what your tastes, or your décor style, there’s a backsplash design that will be able to perfectly capture the look and feel that you’re going for.

While the abundance of options is an excellent chance for you to be creative and find exactly what you’re looking for –the flip side of this is that choosing a backsplash –for many, can be overwhelming. To help you on your way, and to discover the perfect backsplash for your kitchen quickly and easily, let’s look at a few tips that can help you make your selection.

View: White Subway Tile
View: White Subway Tile

Set Your Budget

Setting your budget is a great first step, and helps you to find your backsplash sooner thanks to the process of elimination. When on a budget, consider classic white subway tiles which can add a surprisingly stunning look to almost any kitchen –no need to break the bank. While it’s good to budget, experts warn against skimping on grout –it’s important to ensure that your tiles adhere securely to the wall!

Choose in Line With Your Décor Style

What’s your décor style? Are you hoping to update your entire kitchen soon, or are you happy with it as it is? Keep in mind that while some backsplashes are versatile enough to integrate beautifully with a number of design styles, others are more décor-specific, and may clash with the new kitchen should you remodel. Consider your design style: modern, elegant, rustic, minimalist, etc., and then choose accordingly.

Practical Considerations: Consider Durability and Cleanup

Finally, ask yourself how much time you’re willing to invest cleaning the backsplash, and consider the durability factor as well. Some backsplashes, like stainless steel, are a bit more time intensive when it comes to clean up. If you’re planning on going the DIY route, be sure to ask about the best way to seal the backsplash. While ceramic tile doesn’t need sealed, many natural tile requires sealant in order to maintain their appearance, and last.

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