What is a Tile Backsplash?

Backsplashes are traditionally the area that fills the gaps in a kitchen or bathroom wall between the countertop and the cabinets, spanning the length of the countertop. Typically, these range between smaller patches of backsplash directly above a sink to the pre-2000s mosaic-type backsplashes that many times matched the kitchen flooring.

When executed properly, current tile backsplashes can provide an excellent feature in one of the most trafficked rooms of a home, adding style to a space with interesting design patterns, colors, and textures. Ideally, backsplashes can be installed at the exact same time as the countertop but can also be a separate DIY or professional project whenever you choose to execute it.

What tiles work best for a backsplash?
Cement, stone, marble, ceramic, glass, and even porcelain are all traditional styles for the backsplashes of today.

Selecting the best tile for a backsplash depends greatly upon personal preference and as well as a disposition to experiment with new ideas. That being said, there are a few things worth knowing during your search for your home’s dream tile.

One element that should be fully understood prior to backsplash installation is that the prices of  tiles vary greatly.  Tiles are priced by the square foot and costs may vary greatly depending on the material type. Certain materials (such as marble) are generally more expensive than others, but if you shop smart and carefully, you can achieve a similar look for a price that’s comfortable for you and your budget. Below are some suggestions to consider when shopping for a backsplash for your home:

Marble look: A glazed porcelain tile, with high gloss coated over its surface for shine is an excellent option to mimic the look of expensive marble.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles: These tile types provide many options to transform your kitchen from traditional to contemporary. The endless options and designs mean you are very likely to encounter a tile that suits you style and makes your kitchen unique.
Natural stone and stainless steel: These materials can provide incredible warmth in your kitchen space. When utilized together, these materials can create unique looks.

Mosaic tile: Mosaic tile packs are available in smaller patterns and seem as though they offer incredible impact and value.  This is a relatively simple way to convert your kitchen space into a work of art, depending on the materials used.

Sheet glass: Sheet glass is a newer trend that is gaining popularity as a excellent backsplash material for kitchens. Sheet glass is both incredibly easy to clean and quite low maintenance, which are especially added values in an area of the home that experiences to many splashes and spills.  Glass can also brighten your space and compliment a variety of styles.

Wood: Although wood is not a common backsplash, and although it can be utilized to create a rustic aesthetic, if not sealed, treated, and cared for properly, it can be considerably less functional and may damage quickly.

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