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Video:Tips for Choosing a Backsplash

with John Summers

There are several different types of tiles you can use for your kitchen backsplash; ceramic, natural stone and glass tiles. Learn about the pros, cons, and prices for each of these tiles for a kitchen backsplash.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Choosing a Backsplash

Hi! I’m John Summers for About.com and today we’re going to talk about tips for choosing a backsplash. We’re here at Creative Design Custom Kitchen and Bath in Brewster, New York.

Backsplashes are Protective Design Elements in Kitchens

The type of tiles you want for your backsplash will be a pivotal point of your design. You should consider what color theme and size of each tile before choosing a backsplash. Backsplashes are important for protecting the wall from the elements of the kitchen.

For back splashes, we have several different options. There is ceramic tile, we have glass and also natural stone. When designing your kitchen you should consider a backsplash because it’s an important part of the overall kitchen design.

Consider All Design Elements in the Kitchen When Choosing a Backsplash

Ceramic tile would be the least expensive option when choosing a backsplash. Then you would go into natural stone and glass tiles wold be the most expensive. When choosing a backsplash you want to take into consideration the other materials in the room. Whether you are doing ceramic tile on the floor, granite counter tops and the cabinet color all would come into play with the color of the backsplash you choose.

Choose the Tile Size and Material for Your Backsplash

When choosing a tile for your backsplash you should consider the size of the tile, larger tiles use less grout and will require less cleaning. Ceramic tile is available in different shapes and sizes. This is a 3 by 6 tile that I have here, it’s also available 4 by 4, 6 by 6, and 8 by 8’s, usually work very well on a backsplash. In a traditional kitchen we would normally choose a ceramic tile or a natural stone. For a more modern feel, glass tile is a great option. You’ll want to talk to an experienced design expert in order to make sure you pick the right backsplash for you.

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