The backsplash is the wall surface between the countertop and the bottom of the wall cabinets. This is a great space to have some fun in your kitchen design by showing off your personal style with color, patterns and textures. The standard backsplash is 18 inches tall. Because it is installed last and is a relatively inexpensive component, feel free to take some design risks. If it doesn’t work out, it won’t be difficult to replace since none of the cabinetry, appliances or countertops will have to be moved.
Kitchen Backsplash Options
When it comes to backsplash options, your only limit is your imagination – almost anything goes. Some people choose paint or wallpaper for their backsplash. We don’t recommend this because we feel it’s better to protect the walls from spills and stains with something more substantial and easier to clean.
The most popular backsplash choice is tile – which comes is a huge variety of sizes, colors, textures and shapes. Consider keeping it simple by choosing the same tile for your backsplash as you’ve chosen for the floor – just in a smaller size. This creates a uniform feel to your kitchen by tying the floor and backsplash together. Like to add a touch of character? Select some accent tiles – like metal or glass – to insert into the tile pattern of the backsplash. A single border at two-thirds the height of the backsplash will highlight the beauty of the space and add character.
Glass and Stone Kitchen Backsplash
Glass and stone mosaics also are a big trend for kitchen backsplashes. The beauty of mosaics is unparalleled – and the backsplash is a great space to show them off since they would be impractical on most other kitchen surfaces.
For those who like to keep it simple but elegant, installing the same material you’ve chosen for your countertop is a good choice. Since some countertop materials can be costly, a popular option is to extend the countertop material 3 or 4 inches up the wall surface then use a different material for the remaining 14 or 15 inches of the backsplash. Another popular contemporary concept is to cover the backsplash with a sheet of glass or stainless steel for a very clean, modern look.