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How to Choose a Backsplash – 5 Tips For Your New Kitchen

The kitchen backsplash tile you choose will have a big impact on your home. Not only does it serve as a decorative focal point that expresses your personality, but it also contributes to overall theme of the kitchen. Since the possibilities can be endless, it’s important to take a few things into consideration when deciding. Below are some guidelines to help your choose the best backsplash tiles for your kitchen.


Visualize Options

Prop up a few of your favorite choices against the wall above your countertops, and live with them for a few weeks to get a realistic view of the colors and materials, and how they look with your walls, countertops, cabinets, lighting, and hardware. Compare to see what works best throughout the day as the natural light changes, and in the evening when artificial light is used. You should have a balance that compliments the kitchen and home.


Colors And Materials

Some find color an exciting feature while others enjoy a neutral space that blends in and visually enlarges the room. Get the best of both by choosing a main, neutral color, and then incorporate a few accent colors for some added pop and pizzazz. Backsplash tiles come in every color and texture imaginable, with a variety of finishes, such as unglazed, or glazed with a matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss finish. With glass, you can even find texture and finishes like crackle or frost.


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Shape And Pattern

Since the kitchen backsplash is a focal point of the room, here’s your chance to expand on design. Backsplash tiles come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from rectangle and square, to round and ornamental patterns. Experiment by arranging tile in diagonal, horizontal, or herringbone fashion. You can use different shapes and patterns to create dimension, or take the same tile and turn it differently to create contrast. Design a centerpiece above the stove or sink by using a complimentary tile in a new arrangement.



Since kitchen backsplash tile is an added expense, you want to make sure you are getting the most “bang for your buck” by choosing quality tile in a style that you will love for the long haul. It is also important to budget in good adhesive and grout, since backsplash installation is the backbone that holds everything together. Note that the smaller the pieces, the more expensive and time consuming it is to install. If you need to cover a large area like a wall, large tile panels are cost effective, durable, and come in a variety of finishes.


Signature Chocolate - The RTA StoreCommon Mistakes And Mishaps

Whether you’re doing it yourself or having it professionally installed, when purchasing backsplash tiles, there are a few important factors to consider. Tiles sometimes break during installation, and ordering in separate batches can increase the chances of mismatched colors and discrepancies. Always purchase more than you need the first time around. And don’t forget the trim. If you choose beveled tile, you’ll need corner round trim pieces instead of a bullnose. Ask which trim and moldings come with the tile, since all pieces should match in glaze and thickness.


Add the finishing touch to your new kitchen by installing the backsplash of your dreams. Visit The RTA Store and browse our unique selection of quality backsplash tiles today!



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