1. Measure the space: Multiply the width by the height of the wall to determine the square footage, which will give you an idea of how much material you'll need. Account for an extra 10% percent of tile just to be safe.
2. Know the focal points: The eye is naturally drawn to two areas in the kitchen. The space above the range, and above the sink. Those are the spots you should concentrate if you are going to get creative with an elaborated designs.
3. Go all the way: For a contemporary look, you could extend the backsplash tiling to wrap around the room. While it will add to numbers to your budget, it's a visual trick to expand the size of a small kitchen.
4. Time-honored tile: Old-fashioned tile is still the most popular material for backsplashes. And there is a great variety of finishes, colors, and materials.
5. Materials: you may choose from geometric shapes, intricate patterns, marbled camouflage, bright white, knockout color, or even chic chevron.
6. Think through wear and tear: Glass is beautiful, but not budget-friendly. Natural stone is visually striking, but requires an updated sealing once a year. Ceramic is durable, easy to clean and low cost.
7. Maximize with magnetic: Consider magnetized material. You can use it to store items sans shelving to clear up counter space.
8. Mix (don't match) your design: Playing matchy-matchy with your tile work results in an uninspired look, not to mention that it can be more expensive, depending on the color you choose. Play with complementary colors to round out a palette and play with patterns by composing the tiles vertically rather than horizontally for a contemporary, stacked look.
9. Ceramic vs. porcelain: They look similar, but one is surprisingly stronger. Both are made from clay, but porcelain is denser and therefore more durable against damage and more resistant to moisture.
10. Seal the deal: Different tile materials have different sealing needs. Natural tile like granite, marble, and slate needs to be resealed once a year, while travertine needs resealing every two years.
11. Invest in good grout: Keep this in mind while budgeting, color, and pattern trends come and go, but the grout is the backbone of your backsplash.
12. Trust your Style: get ideas from magazines and opinions from friends if you need to, but don’t compromise what makes you feel comfortable and matches your style.
13. DIY: Backsplash installation is easy for some people. Make sure you need to be consistent and detailed if you decide to do it by yourself.
14. Call the experts: Know when you are truly not able to take on the project and call the experts. It is always better to start with the right foot from the beginning, this helps you not to get on extra charges.
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