How to Design Your Kitchen Countertop Backsplash by aihaozhe2

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									You have picked out a beautiful Granite kitchen countertop. Now you need a great
looking backsplash. What can you do?

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. Many older kitchens are
shaped like a U. 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 .Makes estimating quantities easier when measuring in inches. 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. A 1 inch insert with a four inch tile. Placement of inserts is a
matter of personal preference. 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. The backsplash on each side of
the window can have inserts, but not to many. 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.

Shopping for tile is now much easier. 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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