Taking a Look at Backsplashes

September 13, 2017

Chances are that if you’re planning a new kitchen or kitchen remodel, you have looked at both cabinets and countertops. There are a huge variety of styles and materials for both. Homeowners who have a serious love of cooking may choose a material for their countertops such as quartz or soapstone for the ultimate in durability.

But another thing to look at for a remodel is the backsplash. It’s a good idea to plan on having a backsplash to serve as protection between the workspace of your countertops and your kitchen cabinets and walls.

Backsplashes are more than just functional. They also draw the eye to the space between the cabinet and counter and tie the kitchen together. If your cabinets are a dark color, you may want to consider a lighter colored tile or reflective surface. The lighter color breaks up space and draws your eye in. Paired with LED under cabinet lighting, it can illuminate task areas so that it’s easier to see when working in the kitchen.

When thinking of what to use for a backsplash, it’s a good idea to consider both style and function. You want a material that will stand up to day-to-day use as well something to suit your personal for years to come. Before you make your final choice of what to use, gather ideas then discuss them with your cabinet designer or home builder to get further guidance.

Below are some different ideas for what materials can be used for backsplashes in both the kitchen and the bath.

Subway Tile – Subway tile is one of the most popular choices for backsplashes in today’s modern kitchen. This tile has a surface that has a glossy finish. The slight curve of the tile catches and magnifies the light, making the kitchen backsplash area brighter.

Ceramic Tile – Tile is available in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. In a backsplash, you may want to consider tile that resembles brickwork to bring a rustic, feel to the space between the cabinets and countertops. When choosing colors, try to stick with something that is a good contrast to your countertops, cabinets or other décor elements. It really does come down to individual taste.

One homeowner had collected many different kinds of handmade tiles from Spain and Talavera tiles from Mexico. Put together as part of the kitchen backsplash, the yellows, blues and reds added a splash of color and they were able to put their collection on display and enjoy it every day.

Glass Tile – Over the past decade, glass tile has gained in popularity. Glass tile can be bought in pre-glued sheets and be installed for less than ceramic tile. The look is comparable to ceramic or even stone tile.

Stone tile – Often used in floors and countertops, homeowners also like the appeal of natural stone such as marble, granite, soapstone or even river rock as a backsplash.

Tin Ceiling Tiles – Many of today’s homeowners really enjoy finding new and unusual ways to repurpose materials. Whether you find some at an antique auction or buy them new, copper, bronze, traditional silver ceiling tiles used as a backsplash will put a unique touch on your kitchen. Tin ceiling tiles are a perfect choice of backsplash material in the kitchen because they can be comparable in price to installing tile and are much easier to customize to go around outlets or other kitchen features.

Fake Stone – Fake stone that is often used on the exterior of homes to make concrete look like stone or brickwork is finding new life indoors in both interior walls and as backsplashes. These can also be mixed and matched to suit the taste and the décor of the homeowner.

Quartz – In addition to being an ideal choice as a countertop, quartz can also be used as a backsplash. Unlike marble or granite, it doesn’t require sealing and will stand up for many years to come.

If you’re planning a remodel, sit down with a kitchen designer and talk about your ideas for colors and materials for your countertop and backsplash. The two should be decided together so materials can match properly. Then top it all off with a cabinet replacement and you’ll have a kitchen you’ll love!

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