The Evolution of the Kitchen Backsplash
Once only functional, kitchen backsplashes are now decorative focal points and key design elements.
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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.
Walk down this wacky memory lane and watch the kitchen evolve from humble and strictly functional to sleek and modern. And...