Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The kitchen backsplash is an often-underestimated kitchen feature but, it gives one the opportunity to create a stunning combination of style and function. Get acquainted with different backsplash materials and decide what’s best for your lifestyle and design preferences.
Tiles are a popular choice for kitchen splashbacks. The surface is easy to clean, and there are countless designs, colors and textures to choose from. When deciding on a design, choose one that suits your kitchen style. For a bold look, select patterned tiles and apply them across the kitchen. This has a lovely wallpaper aesthetic without the high maintenance needs.
A more expensive alternative to tiles, a stone backsplash adds a sense of luxury and elegance to a kitchen space. White marble and quartz backsplashes are great looks. A drawback of using natural stone is that some stones are porous and not resistant to staining.
Metal can be an unexpected material for a backsplash. You may opt for decorative designs with pressed tin sheets or a more modern look with a stainless steel finish. A metal backsplash can also provide more function by using it as a magnetic board for cooking storage.
Glass as a backsplash material has also gained popularity in recent years. It is low-maintenance and can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth. But more than that, modern developments have created new designs with glass. Back-painted glass and graphicote glass, with printed designs at the back, are now available on the market.
Similar to glass, mirror is another low-maintenance material. While this may be an acquired taste, it is also becoming more popular. It adds shine and sparkle to the space with its reflective quality. You may also use it in small doses with mosaic mirror tiles.
There is no real rule when it comes to kitchen backsplash design. You may also use a combination of two materials for a more interesting effect. Choose the more durable material for the bottom part nearer to the counter. - Aislinn Kee