Recently, we ran a post on the importance of backsplashes. We addressed it all from a functional point of view, such as capturing cooking spills and water splashes, as well as preventing drywall rot.
Now we’re going to explain why backsplashes are such a crucial design tool and answer some of the most common concerns we hear.
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Backsplashes as a design tool
It wasn’t so long ago that backsplashes were mainly functional. A couple of feet behind the range and cooking splatters were caught, making clean-up a lot easier.
Today, they’re a design tool, creating a focal point or accent, not only in the kitchen but other rooms as well, as accent walls, a fireplace surround, or even a backsplash for open shelving.
Here are some design questions we hear in our showroom regarding backsplashes:
1.Do they need to match the cabinets or countertops? No, they don’t have to match exactly, but they should coordinate with them. The idea is for everything, including the backsplash, cabinets, and countertops to create one unified style; if something is treated separately, your room will look confusing and disjointed.
You might want to look for contrast to add drama; for example, if your cabinets are dark, you may want to go with a sunny yellow backsplash. On the other hand, if your cabinets are light, you might want to go with some bolder, more vibrant colors.
2.I recently heard a designer say, “Thankfully, subway tiles are out.” Is this true? Not really. Although the white 3 X 6 ones have been a bit overused, the tiles now come in an assortment of colors, shapes, and sizes. You can make a spectacular design combining some of those shapes and colors.
3.What’s the best backsplash material? Tile is still king and it comes in many colors and different edge treatments and is waterproof. Don’t forget, though, there can be other materials, such as wood-look laminate, glass tiles or vinyl.
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