Remember the days when backsplashes were mainly functional? Today, they are in spectacular colors and designs, creating a focal point in the room.
Backsplashes were placed a few inches high behind the range and sink to catch grease splatters and splashes, and they were usually in a plain solid color; the old 3 X 6 white subway tiles come to mind. The idea was that they would not only catch but make clean up a lot easier.
Well, times have certainly changed, and we can thank modern technology for that.
Tile is still the most popular choice, but backsplashes can be created from many materials, including concrete, brick or wainscoting. Even the once all-white subway tile now comes in many colors, shapes, and sizes.
First things first: What’s your style?
No room stands completely alone. All the rooms need to coordinate well, and since the backsplash will now play a starring role it's more important than ever; after all, if your home decor is farmhouse style, and the kitchen is sleek and minimalist, it will seem a little disjointed.
Once you figure out the style, decide on the materials. Your backsplash retailer will be someone who has intimate knowledge of tile and other materials.
●Budget: Start pricing materials. Consider alternatives if budget is a concern. Keep in mind that tile can be very affordable, because if you mix and match it’s not just a design tool, but you’re creating different price points.
You can always use a plainer one on larger areas, with a few highly designed, more expensive ones.
Also remember that if you want stone, but the wallet says no, you can always get stone-look (or brick or anything else) tiles.
●Size of area: Do you want the kitchen backsplash to just be midway up the wall behind the range or do you want it to be full top-to-bottom and wrapping around counters?
●What kind of atmosphere do you want to create?
●Do you want something calm and serene? Backsplashes can pull a room together and change the entire tone. If so, stick with colors like various shades of blue to impart that. Do you want something vibrant and energetic? Maybe some reds and oranges will do. Do you want classic colors? There's nothing like black and white!
For inspiration, come into the About Floors n’ More showroom in Jacksonville, FL. Ask about our free estimates. We service Jacksonville, as well as Atlantic, Ponte Vedra, and Neptune Beach, FL.