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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.

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