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How To Pick A Backsplash For Your Kitchen That Will WOW People

Picking out a backsplash for your kitchen can change the entire look. It's a fun process for owners of new homes and there are so many choices. If you are looking for something to make people say wow, then these tips will help you find the perfect one.

Look at What you Have

When picking a backsplash, it's easy to start coming up with ideas from looking around your kitchen. Check out what your countertop looks like and picture a backsplash that compliments it. You can use the same material as your counter, but you might find that boring.

Match Your Personality

If you are artistic and like things to be bold, then go with a brightly colored mosaic or glass tiles. If you like things to be more modern, then you might consider the trend of a mirrored backsplash. It looks cool and makes the room look a lot bigger.  If you are more of a conservative person, then a simple solid color that matches your counter and kitchen will work just fine. You can also get creative with it; for example, if you live at the beach, you may want to have a shell backsplash.

Choosing a Material

When you choose to use tile for your backsplash, then you have a lot of choices. There are subway, mosaic, patterned, and cement tiles, to name a few. If you are looking to go for a more green option there is recycled tile, which is very pretty and made from recycled materials. Marble makes for a very pretty backsplash and will certainly wow, but it's more expensive material, so it might not be in your budget. Tin tiles are fun and while they look expensive, they are actually a very economical choice.

Things to Avoid

Don't overlook the color of your floor when choosing a backsplash. A lot of times you might just be looking at the cabinet and countertops, and until you start to put the backsplash up you don't realize it totally clashes with the floor.

Some Things to Think About

When choosing the type of tile you want to use, you should look at all the pros and cons. With porcelain, you have to make sure you get the right type of adherence material or it won't work. If you choose glass, it's going to be the most difficult to install. Cement is an easy to install option, but it can get scratched easily and needs to be resealed every once in a while. Stone is not good with water and also needs to be resealed.

Choosing a backsplash is important because it's going to be there for a long time. You want to make sure you really like it before putting it up on your wall. Do your research and don't be afraid to look at a bunch of different options before making a decision.