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Kitchen Backsplashes

A backsplash is a great way to add visual interest to the design scheme of your kitchen.  Like an accent wall elsewhere in a home, the backsplash is an important element, providing a sense of continuity with the rest of the decor and stylish detail.  They are also functional; protecting the wall from splashes of food, grease spatters and other stains that can occur while cooking.  A variety of materials can be used for a backsplash, here are a few options:

 

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Ceramic Tile. Ceramic tiles are a very popular choice due to the variety of colors, textures, shapes and sizes available. They are also less expensive than other options, easy to clean & maintain and you can use the same tiles as your floor. Ceramic tiles can crack under heavy pressure and aren't always the easiest to clean.  

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Metal Tile. Backsplashes made of brass, copper, tin, pewter or aluminum reflects light, creating the illusion of a bigger kitchen. The surface is also non porous.  However, the metal tiles are high maintenance - food, etc show clearly and they can scratch or dent. 

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Glass Tiles. Glass tiles are smooth, sleek and eco friendly making them a great backsplash option. They come in a variety of colors and textures, creating a very elegant and sophisticated look to a kitchen.  

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Marble Tiles. The lighter color of marble adds a natural glow and luxurious feel. Due to its soft nature, marble is not very heat resistant and does require regular waxing and sealing.  

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Wood. Wood tiles pair well with a contemporary style kitchen. These trendy tiles can also be a more economical backsplash option.

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Stainless Steel. For a modern, streamlined look, stainless steel backsplashes blend in nicely with stainless steel kitchen appliances.  They are also heat & stain resistant and very easy to clean. Stainless steel will show food, grease and fingerprints.   

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Granite. Using granite for a backsplash is becoming more popular because it is durable, smooth and adds elegance to a kitchen. Granite can be quite expensive and a sealer should be applied regularly.   

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Slate. Slate tiles fit with either traditional or modern design schemes. They are more affordable, heat resistant and durable.  Color options are somewhat limited. 

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