serve not only utilitarian purposes, but can add a lot of extra style. Though they are great at catching inadvertently
foodstuffs so they won't stain the paint on your walls, they can also be a relatively inexpensive way to update a kitchen.
These days, there are so many different types of materials and styles of backsplashes available
that the 18–20 inch space between
the countertop and wall cabinets can be transformed into nothing
short of a work of art.
As the focal point of many homes, even the most cost-conscious homeowner
may decide to remodel or add a few stylish touches to their kitchen. One way to spruce it up is by installing a new backsplash.
Tile is the most popular choice
The most popular, budget-conscious material for a kitchen
backsplash is 2-4 inch ceramic or porcelain tile, which can be purchased online or at any home improvement store if you stick
with something relatively simple.
tile is extremely versatile and the most economical choice. Prices can vary dramatically from style to style, though, so before
you get your heart set on one particular type, make sure you shop around and check out the price tag. Kitchen tiles can range
from a buck a tile to more than $20, depending on whether they are hand made or machine-pressed. The clay, firing, and glaze
all factor into the cost too.
to get extra bang for the buck is to select a simple, inexpensive tile for the field and trim, then use a distinctive mosaic
or glass tile for a liner. Setting tile diagonally also adds an extra coolness factor, but is a more challenging cut which
can be problematic if you are doing it yourself.
the tile to just the counter area where you are likely to splash can also save a bundle instead of installing the backsplash
throughout the kitchen.
More than ordinary tile
Aside from ceramic tile, here are a few typical materials and styles used in
modern kitchen backsplashes:
- Mosaic Tile—Recently, mosaic tile
patterns have been one of the most popular choices for backsplashes. Mosaics can be made out of glass or various types of
clay. You can install them yourself or have it professionally done. They can run from $12+ per square foot depending your
source. If your counter to cabinet distance is 18–20 inches and the length you want to cover is about 12 feet then your
backsplash will be around 20 square feet. So, the project can end up at about $300 on the low end when you add in the cost
of adhesive, tools, grout, and sealer. Of course, with more exotic tile the cost can be much more.
Glass and Ceramic Tile Murals—Glass or tile murals can add amazing style to your kitchen, but they are very pricey. A mural
tile backsplash will cost about $50-$80 per square foot on the low end, and about $180 or more per square foot on the high
end, so watch out for these if you're on a tight budget.
- Glass Tiles—Typically glass tiles range
from $27 per square foot for standard colors at Lowe's, Menard's, or Home Deport and $50+ for more artistic colors. Custom-made
patterns can cost much more. This particular backsplash is one of the most practical because it is the easiest to clean, doesn't
stain, and few other materials offer such variety.