Kitchen backsplashes are great opportunities to update your kitchen in other ways. First let’s talk about the pretty tile. Kitchens back splashes are a great way to express your inner artist. It’s your chance to have a little fun and let your hair down. They aren’t terribly expensive but can make a huge impact on a room. You normally don’t have many square feet to cover (24-40 square feet). So even if you choose a more expensive tile you won’t break the bank.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a tile.
-Tile size: A typical backsplash is 18″ tall (14″ if you have a built in back splash) so in this case usually smaller tiles are better. This gives you more space for expression. Many of the tile choices will come with a variety of colors and finishes already done for you.
-Existing counter tops: Make sure you are happy with these before you tile them in. It is possible to change counters later but not as easy as you might think. Your new counters may be thicker or thinner than the existing ones.
-Outlet covers: There are a lot of color and finish options to complement or blend in to your new back splash. You also have a choice in materials. Metal, plastic and even natural stone.
Here are a few more things to think about and opportunities to improve functionality.
-Do you need a phone outlet in your kitchen anymore? We can tile over this or add something more useful, like another electrical outlet. We could also add a charging station.
-We could add outlets to the back splash. This is the perfect time for these updates because any damage to walls will get tiled over.
-This is also a great time to add under counter lighting. Show off your beautiful new back splash. This is getting easier and more affordable these days. There are even wireless LED options with remote controls.