Backsplashes for Kitchens
Whether you're installing a new kitchen backsplash or updating an old one, you'll want to explore the options for backsplashes for kitchens with an eye on durability, attractiveness and compatibility with your kitchen design.
Your first decision when thinking about a kitchen backsplash will be related to scope: How much surface area do you need to cover with a backsplash? For smaller kitchens, a minimalist backsplash just a few tiles high can be enough, whereas a more extensive design might overwhelm the space. In larger kitchens that feature a grander design, countertop-to-ceiling backsplashes can add drama and elegance, as well as optimize the use of available space or build on a design theme.
When you've decided on the scope of your backsplash, it's time to consider the style. The choices of materials, colors, textures and layouts offer a great variety in terms of style, quality and price. Ceramic tile is the most common choice, because it's widely available in an almost infinite variety of styles and colors—plus, it's extremely easy to maintain via simply "wiping clean." Among ceramic tile choices, subway tile, mosaic tile and penny tile are some popular design choices.
If your budget breaks through the ceramic tile ceiling, you may want to consider granite tile or other natural materials. Popular for kitchen countertops and floors, granite, travertine or even marble tile are often employed in backsplash design, providing an elegant and durable option and a high-end look. All of the kinds of natural stone tiles are available in a range of colors and textures, from slate-like matte finishes to rougher, pebbled designs. Color choices are nearly inexhaustible as well, and many granite retailers can find or even dye their products based on your needs if you don't see the shade you're looking for on site.
Glass tile is another great option for kitchen backsplashes. It often adds a bright, elegant and colorful style to a kitchen, and there are many different designs to browse, from transparent to colored or intricately patterned.
Copper backsplashes are another option, offering a durable and visually interesting choice. As an added benefit, copper backsplashes will evolve over time—as the copper is exposed to air and moisture, its color will deepen and change, many times lending a beautiful, naturally worn look to the backsplash.
When you've chosen the materials for your kitchen backsplash, you'll want to consider the style that's best for your kitchen. You can almost always use the backsplash as an opportunity to add color and visual diversity to your kitchen—although particularly expressive designs tend to be best in a kitchen that otherwise features an understated, minimalist look. Conversely, if your kitchen design features intricate cabinets or elaborate countertops, you may want a more relaxed feel for your backsplash, so as not to create visual overload.