When remodeling or building your kitchen, one of the first things you need to think about is what kind of walls you want. There are so many different options to choose from. Anything from paint to stone.
The best way to choose is to know what exactly you are looking for, and this guide will help. Are you looking for durability? Is cost vital to you? Something easy to maintain? We can answer those questions for you.
Both brick and stone are incredibly durable, but the stone is stronger. If you are looking for durability for your kitchen walls, brick or stone would be your best option. They are fireproof, so they are ideal to have in a kitchen. Brick/stone is also simple to maintain because of its durability. If your walls get dirty, you just need some soap and water and just start scrubbing away.
Brick/stone can be expensive to put up, and you would need to hire someone to construct it for you. It takes time to build, but in the long run, you would add value to your home. Even though brick/stone is very durable, it can chip or break and fixing it can be costly. Over time you can save money on either heat or A/C because brick/stone is proper insulation.
Aside from brick/stone being beautiful, since it is natural you don’t need plastics, so it is better for the environment. Bricks are made of clay and stone is a kind of rock.
Not only does paint come in a variety of colours but there are also many combinations of finishes and bases. You can get your paint in either an oil base or latex base. Oil-base isn’t as common anymore because it has higher VOCs or pollutants. It was more common because of the durability, but today latex-based paints are just as good.
Now you have to think of the type of finish you would like. There are a total of 5 finishes, but we will break them down into three sections.
- Gloss/semi-gloss – Easy to clean but shows imperfections in walls
- Satin/eggshell- Not as easy to clean but doesn’t show imperfects in walls
- Flat- Cannot wash but hides all imperfections
In a kitchen, you would probably prefer to have walls that are easier to clean. Flat finishes are great for ceilings, and gloss/semi-gloss are great for backsplash areas. You also need to think about the condition of your walls, if you need to hide cracks or rough surfaces.
Tiles are great to use as a backsplash for your sink area or around your countertops. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can get them in glass, porcelain, ceramic, quarry and natural stone. You also have the option of getting peel and stick or using grout. Either way, you choose it’s easy to do yourself at home and isn’t expensive at all.
If you decided to use peel and stick tiles, there are pros and cons. They are easy to put on and take off, but over time they may start to peel off on their own. Sometimes, depending on the brand, they can peel off your drywall when trying to remove them.
A more permanent way would be to use grout and place the tiles one by one yourself. If you were to damage a tile, it would also be easier to replace that tile. Either choice you make, they are both waterproof and durable.
Tile Effect Wall Panels
Tile effect wall panels are another easy project you can do yourself at home. These are similar to peel and stick tiles, but this will last longer. Instead of sticking them to the wall, you are interlocking the channel and groves on the edge of each piece to give the illusion of tiled walls. The material is not porous, so it is excellent to put in a wet area. You can quickly put these over any type of wall, so there’s little preparation.
Cleaning them is easy. You just need to wipe down the surface and wouldn’t have to worry about ruining them. Installing them isn’t messy at all either. With paint and tiles, you can easily make a mess.
However, tile effect wall panels may not be the most durable.
Damp Proof Wallpaper
Wallpaper has been around for a long time, and there are many reasons why. For starters, it’s easy to apply. You can get a wallpaper that’s peel and stick or wallpaper where you can use an adhesive and attach it to the wall. When you get wallpaper for your kitchen, make sure it’s damp proof and not regular.
It’s easy to do yourself so you wouldn’t need to hire anyone, but it’s also something you wouldn’t want to rush through. You need to make sure you align everything correctly and smooth it out, so there are no bubbles.
You can get the wallpaper in a variety of different patterns and styles. Damp-proof wallpaper might be limited in designs, but there are still a lot of options.
Wallpaper can last longer than paint, but because of that when removing it, you might ruin the drywall. When wallpaper gets old or if you choose a cheaper brand, the corners can peel. Make sure you look into different brands.
There are many options, and each option has some pros and cons. We can break it down a little further. When looking for durability, you should look into brick/stone. They will last you almost a lifetime. If you want something on the cheaper side but still looks nice you should look into the paint. The easiest option is the wall panels, and they can look just as good as tiles. Also, they are the most waterproof option.
All options are easy to clean. Whatever you choose for your kitchen, make sure you research brands.
Happy remodeling or building.