How to Choose the Right Tile Backsplash

Selecting and installing a tile backsplash in your kitchen might sound pretty easy – right up until you’re staring at a wall of tile options and wondering which one will work best for your home. A small number of decisive souls will walk into a store already knowing exactly what they want. But if you’re like most people, this upgrade will involve some debate. You can make the decision easier by considering a few factors before you choose your tile.

The first thing most homeowners are concerned about is cost. Whether the area you’re covering is large or small, you want to make sure that you work within your budget. Luckily, you needn’t necessarily spend an arm and a leg on tile. Your options could range from free to hundreds of dollars, depending on where you look for tile and what you’re interested in. If price is your paramount concern, take a look on Craigslist. You might be surprised to discover that plenty of other homeowners will gladly let you haul away their old tile at no cost following their own renovations. But you might want more selection. So look online, at hardware stores, and even at specialty tile shops until you find the right product at the right price, keeping in mind that faux stone options could give you the upscale look you crave at a price you can afford.

Next you need to think about installation and maintenance. The tile you select must meet your practical standards for functionality. If a contractor is installing the tile, you can be sure of a professional job. But if you’re the DIY type, you might want to select larger tiles or tile strips for ease of installation. And keep in mind that your backsplash will get messy and need cleaning. You may love the look of real stone or textured tiles, but if you have little patience for chores you should probably select a material that is easier to clean.

Now it’s time to focus on the aesthetics of your tile selection and there are a couple of points to consider. Initially, you’ll probably base your tile selection on personal appeal, as in what speaks to you when you see it. However, it’s important to choose materials that not only mesh well with your existing tile counter, but that match the architectural style and stature of your structure. Unless you’re planning to replace your countertop along with your tile backsplash, you need to select a backsplash that will complement your counter and blend in seamlessly with your existing kitchen. And it should be appropriate for your style of home. You have a lot of latitude here as it has become acceptable to mix and match design styles to a degree. But you don’t want the tile you choose to look out of place.

When you start shopping at an outlet like Tiles Direct you’ll discover an overwhelming number of options for your tile backsplash. But with a few factors to help guide you, it shouldn’t be too difficult to narrow down what you’re looking for in short order. The end result will be a tile backsplash that’s right for you, your budget, and your home.

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