Think your home could be looking a little drab? One of the first places people always look to renovate is the kitchen. Kitchens are a central part of every home, so it is important that the kitchen is clean, hip and has flair. Marble backsplashes are a fantastic addition to any kitchen, making your cooking space feel rich and luxurious. Marble backsplashes give you that feeling of natural and effortless sophistication, and are a high quality stone that will certainly stay beautiful if cared for properly.
What makes marble a particular favorite is the diversity of colors that are available. You can find marble with many different patterns and veins in colors such as: Brown, Black, Gold, Grey, White, Pink, Blue, Purple and Green.
Each piece of marble is completely unique and special.
Benefits of having a marble backsplash
There is no denying the true elegance that a marble backsplash can bring to your kitchen. Not only is there the range of colors and patterns as mentioned above, but it can also be polished to an almost mirror-like shine. Marble has depth and the stone can have a different appearance from different angles.
As mentioned before, each piece of marble is unique, so your backsplash will be truly 100% original. It is an incredibly durable stone, making the investment in one very worthwhile as, chances are, your marble backsplash will outlast you!
How much will a marble backsplash cost
Remember, a marble backsplash really is an investment. They are also quite expensive, starting at $50 per square foot or more (this price often does not even include the cost of installation).
There are several factors that cause the cost of your marble backsplash to change. Some things that come into the price are:
- Primary color of marble
- A country that was mined by him
- How thick is the size
Market trends and the size of your backsplash area also play a big role in how much you’ll be paying out of pocket for it.
For the budget conscious, marble tiles are also a very attractive option for those who prefer to pay $3-$4 per square foot, as opposed to $50 or more. Mixing in cabinets and shelving units can also limit the space of where the marble backsplash would look appropriate, too, so you can justifiably purchase a smaller area amount.
Marble backsplash buying tips
1. In case, you already have a marble floor in the kitchen, you may want to choose the same marble as your backsplash (probably, a smaller size). Or maybe, if you have a marble countertop, continue the counter to the wall, with the same backsplash – making it consistent in appearance.
2. For a more sophisticated look – use shiny surfaces, while for a more casual look – rough finishes look best.
3. Lighter shades of marble backsplash will reflect more light onto work surfaces – such as your sink, cooking range and countertops.
4. Make sure you buy only the finest grade tiles. These marble tiles are calibrated and chamfered.
5. Also, always buy extra boxes of tiles, as you want to make sure you have enough and don’t run out of them. It can be quite a pain to run out of it, in the middle of a job, and then have to go back to the store and buy more. The worst is having to go back to the store and find they don’t have any of the tile stock you want.
6. You will find that polished marble is the easiest to maintain and clean.
7. To minimize grout lines, choose large marble tiles, as there won’t be as many gaps to fill with grout. That way you have less to clean.
8. You can use your marble backsplash in brick fashion. These are made of small rectangular tiles, and look extremely attractive. You will find this available in small tiles on sheets, and to facilitate easy installation, the sheets are supported by a strong mesh.
How to install a marble backsplash
Unless you are extremely handy, you probably want to leave the entire marble backsplash installation process to a professional. After spending such an amount of money on marble, you definitely don’t want to risk breaking or chipping it. Professional installers also know which adhesives work specifically with marble and will make exact measurements. Once the measurements are made, a pattern is created. This model tells the installers how to cut the marble, and then they can attach and seal it well to the wall so that no mold grows behind it.
If you have decided to go with a marble tile backsplash, a professional will be able to arrange the tiles in advance so that they are as attractive and straight as possible. Professional installers will also apply as little grout and sealant as possible, in order to minimize the spacing between tiles.
How to keep your marble backsplash in top shape
Since marble is a stone, it is very easy to clean. All you need is warm, soapy water to keep it clean (make sure you don’t use any abrasive chemicals, as this will damage and possibly dull the backsplash).
You will also be advised to reseal your marble backsplash on a regular basis. This is a necessity as the sealant keeps any chemicals and other harmful agents from entering the cracks of the stone and causing either stains, discoloration or erosion. Be sure to also reseal the grout between the tiles as well.