Kitchen Design: Backsplashes 101
Backsplashes in kitchens are much like jewelry and a classic black dress; too much jewelry ruins the look, too little does nothing for the dress. The same goes for kitchen backsplashes – you really need a trained eye to create the design and coordinate the backsplash with the countertops, cabinets into the overall design scheme. They can be one of the first things selected for a project – if you find an inspirational piece for instance, or most likely, it will be one of the last design details chosen.
Regardless of when it is chosen, there are several important backsplash design considerations when planning
How can you ensure your backsplash is a clean fresh palette for your new design? We suggest using strip outlets and switches that are mounted just below the underside of the wall cabinets, this way they stay hidden by trim and don’t interrupt your tile design.
When designing your tile layout, make sure your borders, liners or decorative accents do not run directly into electrical outlets or switches. There is nothing worse than seeing a pattern broken up by an ugly receptacle. This is impossible without an expert electrical plan. If you are working around an existing electrical plan, it will almost assuredly limit your design options.
Match Your Style
There are many different trends in backsplash materials and design, ranging from tumbled marble to ceramic of even Ecoresin with infused with materials such as bamboo or grass. Which fits your kitchen’s style and personality?
Many traditional designs have a tile blanket serving as an accent piece above the range. In many cases, we use field tiles set straight or diagonal, with a chair rail border by the hood and range to highlight the area and add decorative plant-ons, inserts, or liners.
Limestone, tumbled marble, slate, porcelain, metallic and ceramic tiles have all been used. Subway patterns are still a staple and have evolved. Some of them may even be set vertically instead of horizontally.
Full-height granite, marble or quartz is sometimes used as the backsplash and can be the statement piece of the kitchen.
A modern option that is trending right now is stainless steel. Stainless steel can be incorporated lots of different ways – distressed, hammered, patterned, or brushed as it is shown above.
Combining stone tiles with glass mosaics is a unique way to show your personality. As shown above, these finishes bring all of the kitchen’s elements together.
For a more contemporary look, large format tile in simple colors with simple lines is often used. And even though they are simple, they can provide a striking effect!
There are so many exciting products out there to make your backsplash personalized for your kitchen. Overall, the backsplash is a playground of endless possibilities and is key to your overall design effect. We hope that you have found some inspiration with our client-focused designed backsplashes featured in the above and let us know if we may be of assistance on your kitchen project. Go to the contact page in the header above to let us know what you are thinking.
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