The backsplash is the area between the countertop of your kitchen and the wall behind the countertop. As trends in interior design change, newer materials are being used for kitchen backsplashes. Today, we will discuss some of the modern backsplash materials and also cover some useful tips that can help you select the right one.
Tips to select dramatic and one of a kind backsplash for your kitchen
- Start by taking a look at the kitchen’s existing features. The backsplash you select should not compete with the kitchen features-mainly the countertop and the cabinets. If you haven’t already, choose the countertop material and color first. This will determine the design and color of your backsplash. Naturally, if you plan on making your backsplash the focal point of the kitchen, then select it first and then install a suitable countertop to complement its color.
- Consider the scale of the patterns used. If you desire to make a big impact, then select large scale patterns for small areas. Do ensure that the chosen patterns also echo the hues, texture, size and colors of the remaining features of the kitchen such as your countertops, cabinets etc.
- Consider the area to be covered. The pattern of the backsplash will also depend on the size and shape of the area to be covered as well as the dimensions of the surrounding cabinets. For example, horizontal patterns are ideal for longer stretches of wall space while random bursts of patterns are ideal for covering textured and geometric grounds for creating a sense of visual order.
Materials in backsplashes
There is a wide range of materials to choose from today in kitchen backsplashes.
Laminates – You can order countertops with backsplashes fabricated in laminates that have a metallic look, wooden textured finish or even a multitude of colours and patterns to complement your cabinets and countertops.
Wallpaper and paint – If you are remodelling on a strict budget, then opt for low cost methods like wallpapering or painting the backsplash. The downside of these is that they stain easily and wear down a lot faster thanks to the humidity, water, grease and other elements typically found in a kitchen environment. As a result, you must spend greater efforts in cleaning and maintaining such backsplashes.
Tile backsplashes – These are the most popular types of backsplashes today and there is a tremendous variety in them as far as colours and patterns are concerned. Tile backsplashes are also very easy to clean.
Mosaic Backsplashes – Instead of a tile backsplash, you could go in for mosaic tiles in different shapes and create unique and colourful backsplash that is the focal point of the kitchen.
Glass tile backsplashes – Glass tiles are a new trend in kitchen and bath backsplashes . Not only are these extremely beautiful; they are also sustainable since glass can be recycled and used over and over. There are also multitudes of styles and finishes available in glass tiles including matte and pearlescent and are an ideal option for the homeowners having a green mindset.
Stainless steel backsplashes – This is easily the most durable material in kitchen backsplashes and is very easy to maintain and clean. Stainless steel backsplashes give a neat and tidy appearance to the kitchen and are the number one choice for commercial kitchen backsplashes. You would want to use special cleaners in order to keep your stainless steel backsplash looking like new.
Copper or tin backsplash – If you have done your kitchen up in an old-world, vintage or European theme, then copper or tin backsplash will be perfect for it. Copper and tin backsplashes are also available in wide range of colors and patterns and you can opt for stamped ones for a rustic and unique look.
Slate or chalkboard backsplash – These are practical materials to use for in a backsplashes as they are very easy to clean and are readily available at your local hardware store. The only downside is the installation which takes a bit more work. You can even convert these slate or chalkboard backsplashes in a useful or functional area for writing down shopping lists or simply leaving messages or notes for your family members.
Customized backsplashes – These can give a funky and cool look to a kitchen and literally sky is the limit as far as their design ideas go. Choose from bottle caps, corks, cork tiles, mirrors, rocks and bricks. Virtually any material can be fashioned into a customized backsplash to give the kitchen a whole new dimension.
We hope this brief guide helps you narrow down the otherwise vast field of kitchen backsplashes and choose one that is best suited to your setup.