If you are remodeling your kitchen or starting from scratch a backsplash is a small area that can add style and personality to your countertop. With many different materials and design options, it can be hard to know where to start. Let's go through some traditional and some not so traditional backsplash options for your kitchen.
A common rule when designing a backsplash is that it should complement your floor, cabinets, and most importantly your countertops. However, if you want the backsplash to be the focal point of your kitchen then go for those bright colors, elaborate designs, and unique textures. Just remember unless you plan on remodeling every few years you’ll have to see the backsplash daily so make sure you absolutely love it!
Ceramic tile is a classic choice for a backsplash and has some great benefits. It is hygienic, does not absorb odors, and it's extremely easy to clean! An added bonus is that it's a natural fire retardant never a bad thing in the kitchen. Ceramic tile comes in a vast array of colors, patterns, and textures allowing you to find the perfect piece to complement or stand out in your kitchen.
If you’re looking for a little more flare creating a mosaic out of tile can turn your backsplash into a piece of art for your kitchen. Mosaics patterns can be made using glass tiles, ceramic, stone, or other unique materials of your choice. Mixing different materials can give this functional piece of art different textures and a truly unique look.
Natural stone like granite, marble, and sandstone just to name a few are commonly used for countertops, floors, and backsplashes. If you are worried about maxing out your budget on a solid slab stone tiles are more affordable and can be arranged in unique designs. Stone can last a lifetime if cared for properly and increases the value and beauty of your home! If you have stone countertops a stone backsplash can create a cohesive look in the kitchen.
If you want a clean sleek look in your kitchen stainless or industrial steel is a great option for the backsplash. Clean up is a breeze which is why this material is used in most industrial kitchens. While this look is a minimalist approach to a backsplash it can also add a beautiful glow to your kitchen. Not only does stainless steel give you kitchen a modern look but it makes it 10x easier to match your appliances with your backsplash. If you want a little more style look for tiles that are embossed with designs or come in a mosaic pattern. Keep in mind that tiles can come in different finishes like brushed or shiny which can give your kitchen two totally different looks. If you like the look of steel but don’t want it all over think about adding it as an insert or border in between tiles.
Painting your kitchen instead of using the materials we’ve talked about above can be a real money saver. It's important to remember that you should choose a finish and paint that can withstand stains and lots of cleaning! If you decide to paint think about using stencils to create a design or using painters tape to create your own custom design.
Instead of using traditional paint you can turn your kitchen backsplash into a writing surface with chalkboard paint. This allows you to write grocery lists, recipes, or notes for the family that easily wipe away when you’re done. The possibilities are endless and can be ever changing whenever you want!
Glass is becoming a very popular material to use in the kitchen because of its elegant look and it's so easy to clean! It is also a very versatile material and can give your kitchen a unique look that fits your personal style. Glass tiles come in several color options that can be arranged to catch the eye or blend in, creating a solid background that really allows your countertop or cabinets to pop!
If you are not looking to add more color an etched glass design is a great choice that still adds beauty and will stay in style for years. For a truly customizable and personal look, glass panels allow you to completely personalize the backsplash. Put pictures, family recipes, wallpaper, or anything you desire behind glass panels and switch them out when you want a different look. This does require your kitchen to be measured so custom panels can be made but the possibilities are endless!
If you’re still having trouble deciding what would look best in your kitchen stop in to your closest Hammond Lumber store and talk to our kitchen experts. They can help you find materials and designs you’ll love for years that fit with your kitchen perfectly! Schedule an appointment today!