Country Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Gather country kitchen backsplash ideas, and get ready to install a warm and welcoming backsplash in your kitchen.

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By: Sean McEvoy

If you're considering a backsplash installation or remodel and your kitchen is a down-home affair with rustic or country-style elements, you should explore several country kitchen backsplash ideas before the first hammer swings.

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Country kitchen style is a somewhat broad category that can include everything from the truly rustic—think unfinished, knotty pine cabinets and other styles with wood as far as the eye can see—to more "continental" styles like French or Tuscan country kitchens.

One common thread for country kitchens is that they generally let in a bit more personality and ornamentation than their contemporary and modern cousins. Whereas the latter are often sleek, stylized, minimalist affairs, country kitchens often feature intricate details, fine craftsmanship and plenty of opportunities to express your personal design style.

One great way to express your style is through a country kitchen backsplash. Often one of the most prominent design elements in a country kitchen, the backsplash can add a tremendous amount of color, texture and visual interest to any kitchen design.

When planning your country kitchen backsplash, your first decision will focus on the scope of the project—you'll need to decide exactly how much backsplash your kitchen needs. In general, this decision will be driven by several factors, including the surface area available on the walls above your kitchen countertops, the location of your cooking appliances, and the frequency and "intensity" of your cooking sessions. In other words, if your kitchen is rarely used for big meal preparation and is more likely to receive take out deliveries, you may not need a countertop-to-ceiling backsplash. On the other hand, if you regularly cook large meals for large groups and the walls above your countertops are at risk of looking like modern art pieces composed of food spatter, you may want to consider a more extensive design. Once you've settled on the scope you want, measure the surface area to calculate the square footage of backsplash material you'll need.

Next up, you'll need to decide which type of backsplash material you want to incorporate. Country kitchen backsplashes usually feature more intricate design elements, texture and color than modern or contemporary designs, and they may even include rustic scenes or artwork (think toile pastoral scenes or bucolic farmscapes). For these more down-home designs, there are many custom ceramic tile options that can work; they're generally available from home improvement stores or tile specialty retailers, both online and in-store. For Tuscan-style country kitchens, terracotta backsplashes aren't uncommon, and many homeowners opt for mosaic tile as well for these designs. French country kitchens may also feature mosaics, penny tiles or subway tile, adding traditional, old-world elegance to the design.

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