The Evolution of the Kitchen Backsplash
Once only functional, kitchen backsplashes are now decorative focal points and key design elements.
Backsplashes used to be a standard 4 inches high and were used primarily behind the stove and sink for protection from moisture and grease. Now they are used anywhere there is a counter and have become an important design feature.
A variety of materials can be used for backsplashes: concrete, natural stone, metals, mosaics, glass and ceramics.
- Granite has proven to be the most durable natural stone for backsplashes. However, it should be resealed twice a year to maintain protection from moisture.
- Marble is a beautiful, low-maintenance material, but it is very porous and absorbs grease and dirt.
- Textured glass, a look that is resurfacing from the 1950s, is another backsplash option.
- Colorful insets and borders can dress up metal backsplashes.
- Ceramic tiles offer a huge variety of design possibilities. They come in a vast array of colors, textures and finishes. They give the budget-conscious the opportunity to create a custom look and save on installation. The grout, however, must be cleaned and resealed regularly.
Tile Backsplash Ideas
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Backsplashes for Small Kitchens
Get ideas for backsplashes in small kitchens, and prepare to install an efficient and attractive backsplash in your home.
Unique Kitchen Backsplashes
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Backsplashes for Kitchens
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Picking a Kitchen Backsplash
Get tips on how to find a backsplash that meets your needs and expresses your personality
Handpaint a Kitchen Backsplash
Create a fresh focal point for your kitchen with a handpainted backsplash.
How To: Creating a Magnetic Backsplash
Give your kitchen a fun and functional look by adding personalized magnets to reflect any decor.
Weekend Projects: How to Install a Tin Tile Backsplash
Looking for something unusual to spice up your kitchen? Install a tin tile backsplash. It will take less than a weekend and cost less than $100 in materials.
Creative Backsplash Ideas
Get creative backsplash ideas, and get ready to install an eye-catching and unique backsplash in your home.
Stove Backsplash Ideas
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