Updating a kitchen backsplash

From on October 09, 2013 in Kitchen Remodel

When trying to update the look of a kitchen, it can often be as simple as adding a backsplash. There is such a variety of options to choose from that it can be just the accent a homeowner is looking for to bring style, ambiance and elegance to the space. Each option has pros and cons that should be considered prior to purchase and installation; you should also consider how the kitchen backsplash will be used. For example, one that will be subject to frequent food splatters should both be stylish and easy to clean.

Stainless Steel Backsplash

Stainless steel is a modern looking material that is being seen more and more in kitchens in recent years because of its durability and clean look. There are a variety of ways that it can be applied as a kitchen backsplash for homeowners to choose from for a particular look they are trying to achieve. For instance, stainless steel tiles can be installed in a mosaic pattern; much like ceramic tiles would be placed. The tiles give a luminous glow when the light hits them, which adds to the backdrop’s allure with a sophisticated, modern look that is easy to clean. Installation is pretty basic; it is done much in the same way other types of tiles would be installed. For best results, a kitchen contractor may be the best person to install the tiles.

Marble Backsplash

This material can be purchased in a variety of colors and designs, so there are many options to choose from. The homeowner can choose to have large slabs of marble installed, or just some smaller marble tiles instead. Marble tiles can be any size, shape or texture. For instance, they can be small squares, long rectangles that resemble stone, shorter rectangles that resemble brick or even circles. The tiles can be rough in texture or smoothed and polished. Marble backsplashes are an excellent choice due to the variety of design options to choose from, and the air of elegance that marble brings to the kitchen. Ease of installation is dependent on the style and design that is chosen. However, it is something that can be done as a do-it-yourself project.

Chalkboard Backsplash

This is a unique and relatively new idea for use as a kitchen backsplash. It is economical, unique and gives the room a comfortable warm feeling. Chalkboard is both easily cleaned and helpful in other ways: magnets stick to it and chalk creations can be applied and changed daily. Family members can write messages and draw pictures for one another or grocery lists can be quickly jotted down. Notes and pictures can be held onto the backsplash with magnets, leaving them open and in plain view for when they are needed. This can be a fun option for families and is easily installed.

Natural Stone Backsplash

Natural Stone is a nice option for those kitchens that already have modern appliances and fixtures, as the stone lends its colors to the cool colors of the appliances. Stone for backsplashes can be cut into various sized bricks and the straight lines of the stone also add to the kitchen’s modern feel. A downside to this look, however, is that the stone is often rough in texture, making it a little more difficult to clean than some of the other options.

With such a large number of choices available, you need a guide that can point you in the right direction for your kitchen remodel. Calfinder has all the information you need, plus free contractor estimates.