Designing the interior features of your new home is supposed to be one of the most exciting parts of the building process. It’s a reflection of your style, but sometimes it’s hard to create a look that flows together seamlessly.
We’d like to share a few steps to choosing a kitchen backsplash from the blog, Simple Home. Simple Life.
1. Choose your countertop and cabinets first.
It's highly debated whether to choose backsplash or countertop first. A backsplash can always be changed out when you want a refresh - but the countertop and cabinets should last forever. If your kitchen cabinets and countertops are neutral, you can have some fun with the backsplash with pattern or a little color. Or continue your neutral theme with subway tiles, which will always look great.
2. Consider the mood and style of the home.
Is your home eclectic and able to handle a little fun and color in the kitchen? Or, do you have a country-style or a minimalist home and want the kitchen to reflect that? Work with your style and let that drive a decision on color and pattern. White subway tile or beadboard work well in a farmhouse style home; green glass tile works for a beachy, elegant classic; and colorful Moroccan cement tiles work for an eclectic abode.
3. Decide on the material.
It's easy to install and afford a high-end look. Your material will also determine how much upkeep you need to do. Glass and ceramic tiles don't generally need much once you seal the grout when first installing, but cement or clay tile is porous and will need to be sealed from time to time. White beadboard or shiplap could stain if not washed down frequently and sealed from time to time.
4. Determine where your backsplash will go.
Traditionally, it runs from countertop to the bottom of cabinets, but with the trend now for open shelving or bare upper walls, continuing the backsplash from counter right up to ceiling makes sense and keeps the kitchen less cluttered-looking. You could run it up to the ceiling only on the range wall for a beautiful and functional focal point.
If you’re still not sure how you’d like to design your backsplash, remember that American Legend’s Design Gallery team is here to help you every step of the way to ensure you create a home you are proud of.