A kitchen can look finished without a "backsplash", and sometimes a clean coat of (washable) paint is what best executes a design. But at the same time, there’s also an opportunity to use the space to anchor the overall design of the room.
Brick: Brick one way to warm up a "kitchen", whether left as is or painted to match the rest of the design scheme. Like stone, brick can be harder to clean, but can be maintained pretty easily if sealed properly and cleaned on a regular basis.
Stone: Natural "stone backsplashes" have a distinctly different texture than tiles, and offer a contrast to smooth counters and cabinets. Stone is porous, however, which makes it harder to clean and more prone to chipping. An alternative to using smaller, stacked stones is to continue the same granite or marble used for the "countertops" all the way up the wall.
While cabinets, "countertops", and flooring are generally places to keep it simple, the backsplash is a good place to inject some personal mode, whether that’s with a mosaic feature or a bold color. And since that wall literally connects the countertops with the cabinets it’s also a place to tie everything together.
Solid Glass: "Glass backsplashes" are quickly becoming more popular in "kitchen design" for a number of reasons: they’re inexpensive, modern, low maintenance and easy to customize. "Glass" offers a seamless, uninterrupted surface that has the added bonus of reflecting light, which helps to brighten up the area.
But you’ll inevitably get that wall dirty while cooking or washing dishes, and an easy-to-clean surface can make messes easier to wipe up, especially if your stove doesn’t have a one built in. And nearly any sort of material can work–from "bamboo" to corkboard–as long as it’s properly sealed.
Mosaics plus Focal Points: The biggest real estate for a focal point is behind the stove. Create "focal points" by altering up the pattern or color scheme of your materials, whether that’s laying tile at an angle or mixing and matching complimentary colors. And if you’re on a budget, splurge on that stove‐top wall and use a less expensive material everywhere else.
Ceramic Tile: Given the numerous shapes, sizes and colors available, ceramic tile is probably the most versatile option (it’s also proven to be timeless). There’s plenty of space to play with patterns while motionless maintaining clean line: stack tiles in columns, stagger them, or lay them at an angle. Most tile needs "minimum maintenance", just be sure to seal the grout so it doesn’t get stained or absorb water.
Stainless Steel: Most people are after matching stainless steel contraption in their kitchen. Why? Because they look sharp and are middle to a modern, updated design. Using stainless steel as the backsplash‐either with tiles or a solid sheet–is a continuation of that same feel and creates a sleek, uniform look. The "material" is easy to wipe clean, doesn’t require grout and will last forever.
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