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Backsplash Options

When choosing tile for your backsplash, there are a lot of considerations.

Do you want your backsplash to be a focal point, or do you want it to compliment the rest of the room?

Do you prefer neutral beige or shiny stainless steel tiles?

Here are a few things for you to think about as you make your selections:

What to consider when making your slections.

  • Material: You can choose between stainless steel tiles, ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, and even peel-and-stick options these days. If you’ve never mounted backsplash before, and you’re doing it yourself, you’ll want to choose a less fragile option. If you’re hiring someone to mount it for you, know that certain materials require extra prep, so your material will factor into the contractor’s price.
  • Cost: Ceramic tiles offer the cheapest options with many design elements, so if you don’t have a large budget, you’ll want to go with ceramic tiles. Again, if you’re hiring someone to mount, you should know that intricate designs and materials like natural stone cost more than simple, chic ceramic subway tiles.
  • Design: When considering a design, you’ll find many examples online. If you have a tight budget but want an intricate mosaic-style design, we suggest choosing a focal point and using a plainer subway tile for the rest of the space. Keep in mind that simple designs are easier to get right without professional equipment if you’re doing it yourself.
  • Maintenance: Some options are easier to clean than others. If you choose a textured tile, for example, sometimes they can form a residual coat if not cleaned regularly. On the other hand, while the smooth tiles offer a surface that’s easy to clean, they can lose their shine if not wiped frequently with window cleaner or a similar product.
  • Aesthetic: Trends come and go. You want to choose an option that you will love for years. So, while we don’t suggest throwing away your home interior guides, make sure you’re choosing a tile because you love it and not because it’s currently popular.
  • Color:  It’s easier to repaint a room than to take down and replace a backsplash. Choose a neutral option if your tastes change frequently.

Equipment Considerations.

 For our lovely DIY clients, here are a few equipment suggestions that will make your installation easier:

  • Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Tile Saw
  • Sand Paper (for the cut edges)
  • Chalk Line
  • Grout Float
  • Slotted Trowel
  • Microfiber cloths to wipe away excess grout
  • Tile Spacers
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