Design Tip Tuesday: Kitchen Tile Backsplash
If someone is updating their kitchen and painting the walls a new color and possible the cabinet just wasn't enough and countertop are just too expensive. Another great alternative is to install a backsplash. A simple average install of a new backsplash can cost anywhere from $1,200-$2,000 but what is a more simple style? There so many choices within the design process how do you know which one to choose? Also one that won't be dated in 5 years? Or what will give me the better return on investment if I'm selling?
A good rule of thumb when choosing a backsplash is what does the rest of the house feel like? You want all of your rooms to flow, you don't want a super modern stark white kitchen and traditional furniture/paint/flooring throughout the rest of your home. Now if you know over the years you're slowly going to update your space to fit that narrative than by all means go ahead! However, If you're looking to do a small refresh of your space, go with what you already have going within in your home.
Some of you may be doing a home refresh because you're looking to sell your home. You'll get the most return on your investment in areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms when you go to sell. If that's the case, you want to pick a product that isn't going to be in everyone's home, like an ordinary white subway tile.. GASP! Yes, I said it. You don't have to go with a white 3X6, of 3X12, glossy subway tile! It's been over done... There are SO many new subway tiles that can be white but have character to it whether it's hand made or it has texture to it. You can get the same wow factor look and for almost the same price as the ordinary subway tiles but the difference is, your space will look more designer rather than you picked everything out at a Hardware store.
Whether you're looking to update your home to sell or to stay the biggest tip we give people is to remove the 4" splash that was most likely installed with your countertops. It makes a tremendous impact we can't express this enough! Again, this is taking your home from your average quick weekend diy fix of a backsplash to looking designer all by removing that splash. Another designer tip is going to the ceiling if you can. Some spaces you can't do this because it may look odd. However, if your space allows you to do this, do it and don't look back.
Timeless VS Trendy?
What will still be in style from 5-10 years from now? We get this question. all. the. time. We don't blame you! We always recommend a subway tile that isn't your standard white as talked about before. Subway tile will always be in style for the simple of it's safe and simple.. Again, grab one with a touch more character, maybe it has a hint of gray, one that has a slight texture, it's handmade, etc. Herringbone is another great option, it's been around for along time. It's become more popular along with it's almost sister patter, chevron. Chevron is nice however, it's slightly more of a trendier style, some may disagree!
Styles such has hexagons, patterns, two tones, etc. backsplashes are fantastic right now. However, may not be all the rage next decade. If you'll be in your home for a while and you love the look, go for it! However, if you're selling go with the tried and trude, simple (but designer) subway tiles, or a herringbone. Whether it's marble, ceramic, porcelain, etc. either finish will last but in the end it may come down to price differences in what you choose.
Thank you for joining in and reading! I hope you got an insight into what we do, who we work with, the reality behind making old spaces new, and how awesome are clients are!