Kitchen backsplashes are an extra layer of tiling or paneling attached to the wall behind the kitchen countertop, usually behind the stove and sink to protect the walls against splash. They have become an integral part of the kitchen for their beauty, as well as their practicality and hygiene.
You can choose nice cupboards, install a nice island or paint your kitchen an attractive colour, but a backsplash really brings your kitchen to life, accentuates your kitchens character and makes it feel unique.
There are a wide range of materials and designs to choose from in all different shapes and sizes. This blog goes through the options, helping you to choose the best kitchen backsplash for your home, whatever your style!
What Does A Kitchen Backsplash Offer?
The advantages of the kitchen backsplash are crystal clear. They are durable, easy to clean and full of character. Once you experience a kitchen backsplash, you’ll never want to go back to what you had before!
As well as stopping food splashes, cooking grease, water, and other liquids from staining the surrounding walls, backsplashes also prevent any over spillage of water from seeping down the backs of your counters. It’s also easier to spot mess and clean it up when you have a smooth, tiled backsplash; this improves the overall hygiene of your kitchen.
Kitchen Backsplashes fill that big blank space between your kitchen sink and the surrounding cupboards by injecting class and character.
What To Consider Before Choosing Your Kitchen Backsplash
Backsplashes are in it for the long run. They’re hard wearing and not so easily changed so it is important to get your choice right!
Kitchen backsplashes need to fit in with the style of your house so think about what colours and materials will complement the rest of your kitchen.
Perhaps you live in a modernised flat in a big city like London. Or maybe you’ve gone for a vintage look in your semi-detached townhouse? You may even be lucky enough to have an open, rustic kitchen in your country house or a small, cute kitchen in a beach house. Whatever the case, there are colours and materials that will look either right at home or completely out of place!
What Are The Material and Design Options?
Tiles are nearly always the preference for kitchen backsplashes. They are flexible in cost, style and application. There are a wide variety of options covering everything from the simplest to the most elaborate backsplashes.
Matching Your Kitchen Counters and Backsplash For The Organised Look
A popular type of backsplash is one that matches your kitchen countertop. This looks especially classy with materials like marble and granite as seen in the images below.
With a high-quality, honed rock countertop and a matching kitchen backsplash in a smaller pattern, you have an organised yet timeless kitchen.
You can also create a bit of variety by matching the backsplash with a kitchen island or other worktop if you want a contrast between your counter and backsplash. The backsplash won’t be the focal point if blended in alongside the kitchen countertops but it will look neat and clean.
A Clean and Tidy Look With a Simple Kitchen Backsplash
Another clean and sleek look is ceramic tiling done in neutral colouring and a simple pattern.
Stacked or subway tiling is particularly effective for backsplashes, especially in light colours with dirt and splashes easy to see, easy to clean and fantastically simple. They feel more spacious and go with absolutely everything.
Going For Something Off The Beaten Path!
There are a few materials only the brave go for! Mirrored and chalkboard backsplashes for example.
Mirrored tiles are reflective, they trick you into thinking there is more space than there actually is and can really open a kitchen up, but at the same time, they can also make a kitchen look busier! If you have many things on your counters they reflect the natural light but also everything in front of the backsplash, making your kitchen countertops look more cluttered than they actually are.
A chalkboard backsplash is a real curveball. If it’s the sort of thing you use it can be a wonderful addition for jotting down recipes and kitchen tips but they are not, perhaps, the best behind the stove or sink where they will receive lots of splashes and have to be wiped down regularly!
Making a Statement! Backsplash As The Focal Point
From natural materials to intricate patterns, moving away from clean and simple stacked or subway styles opens up a whole new canvas. There are a wide range of natural materials like stone, marble and granite that give an authentic look. The opportunities to make your kitchen backsplash the focal point of your kitchen are endless.
There are a great many beautiful and colourful tile designs ranging from all over the world. Moroccan and Mexican, as seen below, are just a couple of fantastic examples. There are stunning tiles ranging from countries like France, Holland, and Turkey, to name but a few. With colourful tiles like these, you can really bring your kitchen to life and make your backsplash the beating heart of your kitchen.
Being Completely Unique and Going All Out
The options do not stop there. Make no mistake about it, everybody likes to be different there is no limit to artistic license. Not only can a wide selection of designs ranging from all over the world be bought to give your kitchen a certain feel but you can just as easily have your backsplash personally and uniquely designed.
Customising your own mosaic tile design or having an artist draw up your thoughts would add extra costs but if you are truly serious about a unique, elaborate backsplash that you can show off for years to come you might consider braving something particularly artistic like the backsplashes below.
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