Designing a Kitchen Countertop Backsplash is Easy

Published: 31st March 2009
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Want a outstanding kitchen countertop backsplash? After using the tips in this article, you will have a designer backsplash you created.



You could hire a professional designer, design your backsplash. That could cost a lot of money.



How about the guy at work who installs tile part time. He assures you, "Sure I can do that, trust me"



Having worked with hundreds of people create their very own kitchen countertop backsplashes, these are some of the ways a few people choose to have a new backsplash. In this article I will show you how to design your own backsplash the way you want it to look. It is quite simple.



First design each backsplash wall individually. By this I mean select a wall above the countertop and figure out the design you want to attain. Are you updating an older kitchen? Older kitchen sometimes resembled a U shape. Meaning the window and sink are in the back of the U and the two sides are cabinets and countertops. Design the window sink wall last.



Step two. Measure the length of the left wall in inches. Tile sizes are in inches or metric .Measuring in feet makes it harder to estimate the amount of tile you need, especially 3x6" tiles. A backsplash wall, with a solid surface stone countertop, will generally measure 17 to 18 inches from bottom of cabinet to top of countertop.



Decide what size tile to use. Most common are 4x4, 6x6, 3x6 and 12x12. Go to a tile store and get various sizes to help determine what sizes you like.



Ask this question of yourself. Do I want the tile set on a diagonal or straight pattern? Keep in mind, a 6 inch tile on diagonal measures approximately 8 1/2 inches. A 17 inch high backsplash will take 2 six inch tile on diagonal, filling all or nearly all of the space. A four inch tile on diagonal measures 6 inches, tip to tip. Therefore for a 17 inch backsplash will require 3 four inch tiles on diagonal.



A six inch tile, installed on a straight pattern, requires 3 tiles for a 17 inch backsplash. 4 four inch tile are required for a 17 inch backsplash. Most common grout line is 1/4 inch grout line.



The use of inserts add to the overall look of the backsplash. Generally use a 2 inch insert with a six inch tile. Customarily a 4 inch tile looks better with a 1 inch insert. Adding inserts adds to the design beauty of the backsplash. Place inserts where you like them. Word of caution. Do not use to many inserts. Inserts are only used to accent the tile design, not to be the focal point.



Finish measuring the sink wall and other walls. Apply the same techniques on all walls except the sink wall . Between the window and the sink, the wall should have no inserts. Only the tile pattern, be it diagonal or straight. To many inserts on the walls ajacent to the windows, may give a "too busy" look. Extend the same pattern used on the left wall for the remaining backsplash walls.



Using this method of laying out your backsplash helps you determine how many tiles you will need. Allow 15% over the amount you need for cuts. Example: You need 44 six inch tile, order 8 additional tiles.



Selecting tile or stone is so much easier when you know exactly what you need. You have a good idea of the amount of tile needed and how much the tile will cost. You are now the design master of your countertop tile backsplash.

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Alan designs backsplashes for clients who are looking for unique styles to give the kitchen countertop backsplash a special one of a kind look. More kitchen design ideas available at:=> http://hopurl.com/47384


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