Just as the perfect accessory can take an outfit from simple to simply stunning, the backsplash you choose for your Great Falls home remodeling project can significantly boost your kitchen’s appearance. Elegant or funky, neutral or colorful, the look you choose to highlight the wall space between the countertops and cabinets – as well as above the range – is the perfect opportunity to inject some personality into your kitchen design. The backsplash is often one of the last details homeowners select for their kitchen remodel, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important than the other choices you make.
How to Pick the Perfect Backsplash
Because it gets no foot traffic and little water spray, practically any material can be used for a backsplash, though most homeowners choose something that is easy to clean. The main purpose of a backsplash is to protect your kitchen walls with a splatter-proof surface, but it is possible to beautifully blend form and function. To that end, we’ve rounded up some great suggestions for choosing the perfect backsplash material and color that complement your kitchen’s look, your personal style, and budget.
- Marble: An attractive, low-maintenance material, marble is an elegant look that is easy to clean. If you have a neutral color scheme in your kitchen, try using a marble that has warm shades of grey in the veining to lend a bit of color without distracting from the overall look.
- Ceramic Tile: It comes in a wide range of colors, textures and finishes, and is a favorite choice of many homeowners. While a tile surface makes for easy cleaning, the grouting must be regularly scrubbed and resealed. Try a black glazed tile to make a dramatic statement, or pair soft yellow tiles with a metal range hood in a traditional or French style kitchen.
- Glass: Whether you choose plate glass or tiles, glass has a reflective quality that makes it a popular material choice. Glass can be easily scratched, but it’s easy to clean and resists stains. A gorgeous blue tile can mimic the look of sea glass, while a bright pop of turquoise adds a fun touch to an otherwise traditional design. Try placing a vintage poster or favorite piece of fabric between two pieces of glass for a one-of-a-kind backsplash.
- Brick: A timeless material, brick can add a warm, homey feel to traditional or historic style kitchens. Brick’s rich color tones artfully tie together different wood shades used for cabinetry and trim.
- Chalkboard: If you want to add a bit of whimsy, cover at least one area with chalkboard. Kids can create mini-masterpieces while meals are being prepared, or family members can leave each other colorful and fun messages.
- Mirrors & Aluminum: Modern kitchen designs can add a little shine by using brushed aluminum tiles or by adding a mirrored backsplash that gives the illusion of more space.
Budget Savvy Backsplashes
At Foley, our remodeling process starts with setting a budget. Here are a couple things to keep in mind when budgeting for your backsplash:
- Trendy tiles tend to be more expensive than classic white ceramic ones. No matter which you choose, don’t skimp on the grout – you want to ensure the tiles stay firmly attached to the wall.
- Know what you’re willing to compromise on. Flexibility on tile size, color, or texture can mean the difference between getting the look you want or having to settle for your second choice.
If you’re ready to move forward with your Great Falls home remodeling project, contact us today to schedule a conversation. We look forward to meeting you!