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.
Kitchen Backsplash Options
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.
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.
Slate tiles fit well with either traditional or modern design schemes. They are more affordable, heat resistant and durable. Color options are somewhat limited.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wood tiles pair well with a contemporary style kitchen. These trendy tiles can also be a more economical backsplash option.