Small details can make the biggest splash. This is especially the case when it comes to your kitchen backsplash.

Adding a splash of color or an intricate pattern can generate that wow factor and in certain cases can make your kitchen appear larger, brighter and more fun. Here are some tips for helping you choose the perfect backsplash for your kitchen.

Evaluate Your Surroundings

A kitchen backsplash is a good opportunity to add some flare to your kitchen. If you’re renovating an existing space think about your existing style alongside the look of your countertops and cabinetry and narrow your options down from there. Ultimately your backsplash should reflect the theme of your surroundings or expand on them with a splash of creativity.

There are so many choices for materials that sometimes it can be hard to know where to start which may eventually lead to decision fatigue. Here’s some advice that can help you narrow down your selection.

Backsplash Materials

The main thing to think about is the type material you would like to use and the total cost for the size you need. In addition, don’t forget to factor in things such as how easy the material is to clean if you do a lot of cooking (and don’t like cleaning)!

So whether you’d like to make a statement or choose something that compliments your counters and cabinets, here are some backsplash materials you might want to consider:

Budget Friendly and Versatile

Glass – One of the most popular materials. It’s inexpensive, easy to maintain and comes in a wide selection of styles and colors (yellows, greys, reds are in). Glass will suit near any kitchen. But make sure you think long and hard about bold colors, it won’t be fun to replace the tile if you get tired of the look.

Stainless Steel - offers a minimal design for the more contemporary or industry kitchen. Stainless steel is generally inexpensive, easy to clean and durable. If you have stainless steel appliances it should blend in seamlessly but at the same time will give you a more uniform look and less “WOW”.

Pressed Metal – can give your kitchen an antique or vintage vibe. Its both great looking and can be inexpensive but can be difficult to clean and maintain.

Unique and More Expensive

Wood – the contrast of materials and colors can offer a stunning look. On the downside wood is expensive and can be tricky to both maintain and clean. This material will make a big statement in your kitchen and give you that cabin or Nordic feel.

Window – when combined with glass tile this can give you an incredible look. Windows bring in natural light and draw your eyes outside making the kitchen appear larger. This design may come with a hefty price tag if you’re removing walls. Bonus tip: consider painting the window trim a bold color if you go with neutral tile.

Mosaic – Love the Moroccan look? If you’re inspired by intricate and colorful tile patterns mosaic tile is for you. This tile can be used to brighten up a room that doesn’t get much natural light. Some bargain friendly options exist but if you go with a high-end supplier be prepared to spend.

Marble - looks amazing but it’s expensive and tricky to maintain. If you have your heart set on a marble backsplash though and you have the patience and attentiveness to care for it, this option is sure to add value and style to a contemporary kitchen.

Avoid Common Mistakes

If you plan to order your own tile from a supplier, be sure to ask about these things before installing.

Tile thickness. Make sure the decorative tile fits seamlessly with existing tile. Otherwise, you'll spend more money adding extra material so it’s even.

Trim/Filler pieces. Make sure that odd angles and filler pieces all come from the same batch of tile otherwise you might get some off looking pieces (glaze, thickness, etc.).

Hire a Pro. Installing certain types of tile can be extremely difficult for a DIYer. Great installers have years of experience setting tile. Go the safe route and get a Pro to do the work for you.

Feeling inspired? Local tiling specialists are available on TradePros to help you with your next project!

Happy Renovating,
The TradePros Team