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How to Choose a Backsplash?

Remodeling a kitchen is hard enough, there are a tons of decisions to be made and usually not enough time to make them! Does it sound familiar? Your kitchen backsplash is one of those design details you will want to spend some more time on. Let me help you with some decision making so you can pick super easy your backsplash tiles as a Pro. Are you ready for some kitchen backsplash tips. It may seem like a simple task, but choosing tiles for your backsplash can be complicated I get that. There are a variety of things to consider that will help you with your overall kitchen design look.

Which comes first – the counter or the backsplash?

You will hear different things, and the truth is that there’s no right answer. From a design perspective, some people like to make the backsplash the focal point and they play around with color and pattern. There is nothing wrong with that approach but you really need to be careful. I look at kitchen backsplash differently. Countertop should come first (it cost more …ha ha ha) Backsplash should just be there to support it, accent it and tie it together … I always say it’s job is to put that final “dot”on the top of “i”

So let’s start from the beginning and explore out some options on the market.

What tiles should I use ?

There are several tile materials to choose from; glass, ceramic, porcelain, marble and even metal. To make educated decision you should think about their maintenance and your lifestyle. There’s literally an endless supply of color and pattern ideas when it comes to tiles, no wonder it is soo hard to choose.

Subway tiles – these are some of the most popular backsplash tiles out there and I would say they are the least expensive .They come in different sizes and colors too! I personally love them because they create a classic and clean cut look and go with every style with just a change of pattern. Most importantly they are so easy on the maintenance. No need to worry about stains.

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Subway tiles are my favorite! There are so many colors and finishes to choose from. From super shinny to elegant Matt finish. They can make so many cool patterns

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Glass tiles come now in soooo many shapes and colors too. I would say glass backsplash look awesome in the kitchen that is modern or transitional. Glass tiles are easy to maintain.

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How about those mixed with metal? They look awesome! Don’t you think so?

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Laser cut tiles that offer intricate designs and patterns are cut using laser technology. They are joined like a jigsaw puzzle, resulting in an elaborately designed backsplash. Loooove, love, love them!! Don’t you? Had to warn you- They are really pricey! They look perfect in the traditional kitchen

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Cement tiles – Let’s not forget about those! Very popular lately and not only on the backsplash. They look good in all styles. Cement tiles offer a lot of color to any kitchen!

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OK, so we have a general idea what is available, but trust me there is more! We will talk about those in different posts.


There is one rule I follow after decision on the kind of material is made. It is a very simple rule.

CAN’T MIX CIRCLES WITH STRIPES! – at least in the kitchen.

That means if counter is “busy” and offers a lot of its own variation in color – backsplash should be “quiet”


If backsplash is colorful, full of patterns – “quiet” counter looks better

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