A lot of times you hear kitchen designers talk about the importance of getting the right countertop material or the features you need to install. Sometimes the backsplash area flies under the radar, but that is never a good thing. It is a notable aspect of every kitchen, and taking your time to design it well goes a long way to giving the space a complete look.
In order to design the perfect backsplash, you could follow a few proven tips:
- Creating a focal point – just like in interior design, giving the area a focal point is crucial. It creates an attractive feature that draws the eye as you enter the room. Kitchen designers agree that if you wish to achieve this effect with tile, it best be built around the cooking area. One clever way to do this is by splurging on the tile in the cooking area and going for a more affordable option in the other parts. You can also choose a different colour or pattern in the area to create an excellent focal point and attention-grab element.
- Plan out tiles – one way to ensure that you don’t have to deal with a thin area where tiles meet cabinetry, you should ‘walk’ the tiles up the wall. Simply hold them at the bottom of where the backsplash will be and move them in hand-over-hand fashion all the way to the top. Doing this, all the while keeping the desired pattern of the backsplash in mind, will show you whether the height is good, or whether you want to start half a tile lower so that at least some part of the tile fits at the top.
- Visually enlarging the space – this technique revolves around wrapping the backsplash around the room in its entirety. This creates the effect many refer to as ’visual continuity’, which is especially useful for small kitchens. Aria is one of the designers’ favourite types of tiles to work with, for achieving this effect. You cannot go wrong with translucent white crystal marble and veins of black, deep purple and grey.
- Rotate tiles around – sometimes changing the orientation of the tiles is all that is needed to create an interesting look. Not only does this make for a unique part of the room, but it also creates an expensive effect for less. You can either run tiles vertically to get the feel of a modern kitchen or go with a diagonal rotation for the best focal point in the cooking area.
- The grid-look – you may think that getting a backsplash with a complex pattern is impossible to achieve, but that is not the case. The secret lies with first laying out your plants with a pencil. You can get the ideal for trying out different layouts with a white thinset. That way you can easily get even more complex designs. The best part about them is that they make for great focal points.
- Aid the look of glass tile with a white thinset – if you wish to enhance the look of glass tile, you can easily do so with a white thinset or mastic behind the glows. Not only does this make the tile more pronounced, but is often a better way to design the area. Glass tiles add a nice airy feel to your space, and by implementing this technique, you don’t need to worry about the backside.
- Mix and match – if you have a solid countertop, you may want to include a colourful and complex backsplash. That is because they don’t create a clashing effect and don’t take away from each other’s beauty. Going for a mix of metal and glass tiles may seem strange, but you will find it often times makes the entire place if the countertop is less charismatic.
There is no doubt that working around a beautiful splashback area in the kitchen will significantly contribute to the look of your designer kitchen. Talk to your designer about how to make the most of the area.