Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash

Once upon a time, a tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom served a practical purpose, keeping the walls clean and providing an easy to clean surface. These practical backsplashes did little to enhance the look of the room. Today, a backsplash is often a design element that is used to create a dramatic focal point in your kitchen or bathroom.

While a backsplash should complement the color scheme of your room, you can get creative by installing tile on an angle or staggering the tiles in a brick pattern to add a new dimension to the space. Add even more creativity by using non-traditional materials such as glass, metal or natural stone. The most popular backsplashes today use a main color with one or two accent colors or a different material.

Tiles suitable for backsplashes come in an almost endless number of choices in sizes (large format subway tile are a hot design trend), colors, materials, and textures as well as shiny or matte finishes. From there, you can choose from natural stone, ceramic, porcelain, glass and metal tiles. Click here for some backsplash design inspiration.

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The tiles you choose for your backsplash should still be functional; you can have fun with design but your backsplash should be easy to clean, especially around sinks and cooking areas. Ceramic tile, porcelain tile and glass tile are stain resistant, making them easy for you to wipe away any spills or splatters.

Tiles Unlimited carries hundreds of different tile you can use for a backsplash in a wide range of prices. Choose traditional white subway tile for as little as $75 for a typical kitchen backsplash or use more exotic materials that can bring the cost to several hundred dollars or more. Savvy shoppers choose an economical tile and splurge on accent pieces or a border. Whatever your budget, you can find your dream backsplash at Tiles Unlimited.