Kitchen rustic tile backsplashWhether you’re doing a complete remodel or just a small kitchen update, the backsplash can set the tone for an entire room. Do you want sleek and minimal, natural and rustic, or fun and quirky? The options for a tile backsplash are endless! In fact, choosing a backsplash can quickly become an overwhelming task if you don’t know what to look for. That’s why our experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago are here to help – with a bit of guidance, you’ll be able to find the best choice for your Chicago home.

Tips for Choosing a Tile Backsplash

  • Consider your budget: Depending on what tile you choose, a backsplash can be an affordable update or a luxurious splurge. Generally, ceramic tiles in simple glazes, sizes, and shapes are the least expensive option. Trendy glass tiles or tiles in unique sizes and shapes tend to come with a higher price tag. If you want a lot of bang for your buck, consider using a simple ceramic tile for most of the space with a more decorative tile as an accent.
  • Plan for above the sink and stove: The spaces above your sink and stove are the largest backsplash areas in a kitchen. If you want to make a statement, consider creating a focal point with a special pattern or tile in one of these areas.
  • Think about counters and cabinets: Of course, your backsplash tiles will be right next to your counters and cabinets, so it’s important that they look cohesive. You may want to create contrast by picking a lighter-colored tile with darker cabinets, or vice versa. If you have patterned countertops, like multi-hued granite, stick with soMulticolor glass tile kitchen backsplashlid tiles to avoid clashing.
  • Consider wear and tear: The material you choose for your backsplash will significantly affect its durability and ease of maintenance. Glass is fairly easy to clean, but is on the expensive side. Natural stone, though tough, requires regular sealing to keep its look. Ceramic is the most affordable while still being durable and easy to maintain.

Once you’ve thought about some of these factors, it will be much easier to decide on a tile backsplash for your kitchen or bathroom. Want to see product samples in your own home? Give us a call – Floor Coverings International North Chicago makes in-home visits throughout the Chicago, Lake View, Ravenswood & Lincoln Square area.

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