Our kitchen is that part of our homes that fills our tummies and our hearts with contentment. It brings a family together through food and conversations. After a tired, hectic day, all you need is to go home to a freshly cooked home meal or maybe a cup of piping hot chai or coffee. For someone who has taken the reins of the kitchen, it becomes important that the kitchen is built in a way that is welcoming, inspiring and comforting for the person in charge to put their best foot forward.
One of the most important design elements in a kitchen would be that of the kitchen backsplashes. Having a well designed kitchen backsplash is a USP in most of our modern Indian kitchens today. Amping up a kitchen backsplash will add color and character to the kitchen and make it look more attractive. There are a plethora of options available in the market for kitchen backsplash tiles. But before taking that call, it is important to keep these few tips in mind for choosing the right tiles for that dreamy kitchen backsplash!
1. Choose a Focal Point
Creating a focal point around cooking areas will allow you to firstly, have an understanding of how much space you have to explore and secondly, give you a vision of how you want to blend the rest of your kitchen in, in terms of aesthetic. Once that is done, you can choose to go bold in the highlighted area with extravagant tiles and go sober with the rest of the kitchen walls. This will make the kitchen look attractive and lively.
2. Use visually enlarged
Visual enlargement would be to run the backsplash around the entire room. This will give the kitchen a sense of visual continuity and will especially allow smaller kitchens to appear larger.
3. Shape, patterns and texture
The good thing about having a dramatic kitchen backsplash means that you can tap into the world of different shapes, patterns and textures. Playing with a bright color or using textured, colorful tiles, or even changing the orientation of patterned tiles, you can do literally whatever you want with it! Your kitchen backsplash is a blank canvas that is ready to be painted with your vision, no matter how bold, eccentric or even how subtle you want it to be.
4. Don’t worry about angles
As mentioned earlier, your kitchen backsplash is a blank canvas. Paint it the way you want and how you want it to look. Changing the orientation of a standard tile by placing it diagonally or using other geometric designs that have very unique angular placements is a great way to create a unique, yet luxurious look for your kitchen backsplash. It will just up your kitchen game a notch and give it a modern twist.
5. Compare it with your kitchen cabinets, countertops and lighting
When selecting tiles for the kitchen backsplash, an important aspect to consider would be to compare your potential selections with the layout of your entire kitchen- the kitchen cabinets, the countertops and the lighting. The reason for doing this is that you do not want your kitchen to look like someone merged together different pieces of completely different puzzles. The entire kitchen needs to come together as one aesthetically sound unit. This step will help you achieve that goal.
6. Consider how to clean it
Compared to even the other tiles in the house, which are presumably more subtle and subdued in color and design, the kitchen backsplash tiles are even easier to clean, thanks to the color and the patterns they carry, and of course because tiles are inherently easy to clean. Here are some other cool tips to clean kitchen that will save you a lot of time and a lot of elbow grease!
7. Extend it to ceiling
Yet another interesting idea to make your kitchen speak volumes in terms of its appeal would be to extend the kitchen backsplash tiles up to the ceiling. If your budget gives you the consent, then go for it! This will give your kitchen a depth and make it look larger.
8. Choose a proper grout
There is no denying that our Indian kitchens are a powerhouse of strong aromatic fumes and vapor and together, this combination is a lethal one for the hygiene of your kitchen tiles. This gets even worse for the grout lines as the grease and food stains penetrate between the not-so-fine grout lines, making them appear dark and awful. So how can we really combat this? One way to make this easier would be to choose tiles that provide you with a grout free look. Opting for tiles that are large will mean lesser grout lines, so even that is an option for one to consider. For a grout free look, you can choose to have a bolder panel which will blend in with the dark grout lines and while it is a unique solution, it is definitely worth a try.
Choosing tiles for any part of the house can get overwhelming, exhausting and confusing because of a wide array of options available in the market in different dimensions, color, texture, design and so on. But if you have the right guidance, along with a few tips and tricks to go, choosing tiles would actually not be as daunting as it may seem. These tips and tricks are sure to take that load off of you and help you create the backsplash of your dreams, like a pro!