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Avoid These Kitchen Backsplash Mistakes

The backsplash is a big focal point in a kitchen. It sits within the range of ‘eye level’ and helps tie the entire kitchen together. However, not all backsplashes are created equal. Some may be better suited for your home than others. Check out these kitchen backsplash mistakes so you know what to avoid in your reno.

Don’t Choose a Busy Backsplash in a Busy Kitchen

If there are too many busy elements in a kitchen, it can make the room feel small, cluttered and claustrophobic. If you already have busy granite counters, you may choose a simple backsplash tile with minimal patterns. If the rest of the kitchen is simple, you could choose a backsplash that makes a statement. Just make sure there is a good balance so the design feels intentional.

Don’t Use White Grout in Messy Areas

White grout looks beautiful when it is first installed, but it can be problematic for backsplashes. This is because grout is porous, so it absorbs grease and grime that splashes onto it. Behind your stove or prep areas, that white grout is liable to get dirty. You’re better off choosing a darker shade that can hide the grime between cleaning sessions.

Just keep in mind that the color grout you choose will impact how the backsplash appears as a whole. Darker grout will emphasize each individual tile, while lighter grout may make the tiles blend in with one another. Either option has the potential to look good. You simply need to decide what look you’re going for.

Don’t Stop the Flow of the Backsplash Tile

The backsplash can carry a person’s eye around the room, making the kitchen feel open and welcoming. This only happens with proper “flow.” At minimum, the backsplash tile should flow between the upper and lower cabinets. If you want to run it all the way to the ceiling, that works well too. Whatever you do, don’t stop the backsplash abruptly and disrupt the line of sight. That will make the room feel smaller.

Don’t Install a New Backsplash at the Wrong Time

Backsplash installation is one of the last steps in a kitchen remodel. Install the cabinets and countertops first. Then put your backsplash in place. If you make the mistake of installing the backsplash first, you may have to adjust it to make room for new materials. This could hurt the remaining backsplash and add to your time/expenses. If you do everything in the right order, you’ll have a much better experience with kitchen remodeling.

Don’t Be Afraid to Change the Tile Orientation

Who says your backsplash has to run horizontally? Maybe it would look better vertical or diagonal. Perhaps a herringbone pattern or grid setting would add interest to your kitchen. Don’t get stuck on the notion that tile has to be hung one way. Play around with the orientation, and you might be surprised by what you like!

O’Hanlon can help with these Kitchen Backsplash Mistakes

If you need help with your kitchen remodel, contact the professional kitchen remodelers at O’Hanlon Kitchens. You may reach us at 443-285-0558 to schedule a consultation.


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