Most elements of your kitchen design (the appliances, cabinets, sinks and countertops) are chosen from a mass-products range of products. A unique backsplash, however, can make the kitchen truly your own. Many homeowners are turning to mosaics in particular for their beauty, versatility and one-of-a-kind design. Considering a cool mosaic for your own kitchen? Here’s what you need to know to get started.
Because the cost of installing a mosaic backsplash varies widely based on the materials used, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $60 per square foot for materials, with the final cost (including design, fabrication, and installation) ranging between $65 and $350 per square foot.
The best place to start is with the materials—from there you can narrow it down to vendor, design and installation. Ask a kitchen contractor in your area for specific estimates and help with those decisions.
Since backsplashes are generally left untouched during the cooking process, many materials are considered durable options, including mosaics. The overall durability depends greatly on the materials used (glass tile, for instance, can break but is easy to keep clean).
The maintenance for mosaic backsplashes also depends on the type of material used. Make sure to ask the manufacturer or installer what care your particular mosaic requires.
Yes, many people install mosaic backsplashes on their own. If that’s something you are interested in, it’s probably easier find a prefabricated mosaic with a mesh backing that allows multiple tiles to be grouped together on the netting.
This one depends on the homeowner’s preference. Ceramic and porcelain have several color options, but porcelain requires sealing. Marble and granite are also great, although they too should be sealed. Glass looks beautiful but is more likely to chip and break—families with children may want to check out more durable materials instead.
Mosaics have had a long and colorful history beginning as early as 4 B.C. in Greece. They then became popular among the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic peoples. With a wide array of choices available, mosaics continue to evolve with the times.
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