Does your kitchen need a little something to pull it together or to make it pop? An updated backsplash can completely change the look of your kitchen, giving the impression of a full remodel without all the work. Thoughtful backsplash selection and careful installation make all the difference. What can you do to guarantee that your new backsplash serves its purpose both functionally and aesthetically?
DO think about cleaning.
While I love my stainless steel appliances, they aren't very easy to keep clean with three young children in the house. The same would be true of a metal backsplash, so I wouldn't consider one. Think about what will look well, as well as what you can maintain, when selecting a new kitchen backsplash.
DO consider your counter tops and kitchen cabinets.
It's easy to find a tile, stone, brick, or stainless steel backsplash you'll love. It's harder to find one that will mesh well with the overall appearance of your kitchen and the existing fixtures. If you can take a picture of your counter top, a paint sample, and a cabinet door with you when you select a new backsplash, you'll save yourself a lot of agony.
DON'T forget to measure.
You'll need to take into consideration how high you want your backsplash to go, how much room you want between the end of the backsplash and the start of the cabinetry, length of the countertop, and, if you have an existing backsplash that you want to work with, its width. Take all of the measurements with you when you shop, and you'll save yourself a return trip.
DON'T select something too trendy.
If you select a trendy top at the local department store, you can toss it to the side next season when it's no longer fashionable. It isn't quite as simple when you're updating your kitchen. Consider a timeless choice for your kitchen backsplash instead of something you'll regret in 5, 10, or 20 years. White or cream tiles or a red brick are fashionable choices that are less likely to go out of style with the blink of an eye.
DO consult an expert about the installation process.
How you install your backsplash matters. The material you choose will impact your installation methods. Not familiar with the best way to install your selected backsplash? Ask an expert at the store for their best practices.
DON'T skimp on materials.
Some of the materials you select can make the difference between a successful installation that stands the test of time and a DIY disaster. If you need caulk, for instance, make sure to purchase some appropriate for a kitchen or bathroom, instead of wood caulk. Pay attention to fine print and don't skimp on materials.
When done properly, picking and installing a new backsplash can spice up your kitchen in a snap.