Where to Begin
When considering how much time you’ll need to devote to cleaning, the material of tile you choose should be considered thoughtfully. Remember, all tile in your kitchen will be exposed to heat, water, staining, and depending upon your stove’s location, grease or oil. As such, the tiles are going to get dirty. You’ll want to choose a tile material that is easy to clean.
Glass tile, ceramic tiles, and porcelain tiles are generally some of your best choices as they don’t require you to use a special cleaner. These materials are also naturally smooth (unlike stone tiles, for example), making them easier to clean than highly textured materials.
When brainstorming backsplash tile ideas, don’t forget to consider the size of the tiles. Smaller tiles will require more grout. The more grout, the more often you’ll have to thoroughly scrub your backsplash. Larger tiles or seamless tiles will be easier to clean since the grout line will be barely visible.
If you’re looking for an affordable and virtually indestructible backsplash, ceramic tile may be the way to go. Ceramic tiles allow you to use your imagination in terms of design without committing yourself to years of intensive cleaning. Ceramic tile is heat-resistant, lightweight, moisture-resistant, and very easy to clean.
Glass tile is perfect for a sophisticated backsplash. Glass helps open a room and make it appear larger. Thanks to its natural sheen, it will reflect light, making the space seem brighter.
Glass is a particularly good choice if your backsplash will go above your stove as it is resistant to heat. If you choose glass tiles for your backsplash, you won’t need to worry about it cracking, changing shape, or becoming discolored. Plus, recycled glass tile is an environmentally sound tile choice.
Porcelain tiles are another smart choice for your kitchen backsplash. They are easy to clean, less porous than ceramic tiles, and incredibly durable. Porcelain tiles are stain-resistant and water-resistant.
Porcelain tiles can mimic the look of marble tiles for a fraction of the price. Moreover, ink-jet printed porcelain tiles afford you the freedom to create virtually any look you like, from a sophisticated chevron pattern to a bold mosaic.
Get Help with Backsplash Tile Ideas from Samantha Lee Designs
If you know you want an eye-catching kitchen, but don’t know exactly where to start, begin looking at various backsplash tile ideas online. Then, contact the interior design team at Samantha Lee Designs. We will work with you to create a custom kitchen that is eye-catching but doesn’t require elbow grease to maintain. Samantha Lee Designs is a premier interior design firm based in Eugene, Oregon. Our experienced, professional, and efficient team provides complete interior design services beginning with space planning and concluding with an interior that perfectly reflects your individuality.