Do you have a small kitchen and want to add beauty and depth? A glass backsplash it adds size to any small space because the glass is shiny and reflects light well. Adding lighting to a glass backsplash will also add to the illusion of space, and highlight your new artwork. Small kitchens are the biggest reason a house will fail to sell on the market, so if you are planning to sell your house soon, maybe adding a glass backsplash is a good option to improve your small kitchen.
A glass backsplash is also a good choice if you are looking for an interesting and non-traditional material with which to create your kitchen backsplash. Glass is versatile; it can be customized by changing the shape, color or texture. It can even be incorporated with art. Small beads, stones, or paintings can be tempered in the glass tiles as they cool, making very interesting designs that will attract the eye and delight the senses. A glass tile backsplash will blend into any decor, because it can be painted in the process making it to match the current color scheme of your kitchen.
Glass is also easy to maintain. Because glass is a non-porous material, it is resistant to stain, moisture, and one of the most hygienic materials available for a kitchen backsplash. Food, germs and bacteria cannot pass through it; therefore, there is no staining or discoloration from spills and accidents. It can be cleaned with plain water, glass cleaner, or gentle household cleaning and disinfecting products.
Glass backsplash pricing
The only downside to having a glass backsplash installed in your kitchen is the pricing. The prices of sheet glass backsplashes are comparable to natural stone, and usually start above $50 per square foot. If you have designs, stain, artwork, or other customizations added, this can raise the cost significantly. This may also not include installation fees, and because glass is so fragile you should pay top dollar for an experienced installer or your expensive piece may break.
Glass tile backsplashes are more affordable in price, starting around $4 per square foot, but they don’t offer the uniqueness and beauty of a single solid sheet of glass. The biggest difference is that the edges of the tiles are visible and must be grouted, and they are a little more difficult to clean because the grout is not a non-porous surface. Other things besides the decision between sheet glass and tile can also affect pricing, including size, thickness, and added artistic details, finishes. Manufacturers are harder to find, so the location may also be further away and the materials may be more expensive simply because of the location. For a much cheaper alternative, a simple sheet of plain glass can be back painted or stained to great effect.
Buying tips for a glass backsplash
When purchasing your materials for your tile glass backsplash, be sure to purchase additional tiles. The glass is very fragile, and it is very likely that some of the tiles will break during their installation. Make sure you also choose a glass color and style that matches the current kitchen decor, so that it accentuates your kitchen instead of standing out from it. The colors should be vibrant enough to be noticeable but not so strong that they overwhelm the actual colors of the countertops, floors and cabinets. Make sure your kitchen has a more modern feel to it, because glass is sleek, shiny, and very contemporary to use as a kitchen backsplash.
Some style and design tips to keep in mind while shopping for your glass
Lighter colors reflect more light, maximizing space in a very small area. Large patterns and large designs on the glass will also add to the illusion of a larger space. Larger size tiles will also minimize the number of gaps that need to be filled with grout during installation. This means that you will be able to clean your glass tile backsplash much more easily. If you need to minimize your very large area, darker colors will reduce an overly open feeling in a very large kitchen.
Choosing glass as your material for a kitchen backsplash adds a level of creativity and depth that is unparalleled, while also giving an opportunity to do something good for the world when you choose to use recycled materials, such as bottles , windows, and other recycled glass items that have been melted down and made into new glass tiles for your kitchen. Using a beautiful, recycled glass backsplash makes a statement to anyone who enters the kitchen. It says that you care about the environment.