Kitchen Backsplashes: Beauty & Function
Many times, backsplashes are the same material as the countertop. But when costs are prohibitive, or design becomes too busy or just needs to change, other materials can easily complement.
But any time you have two different materials meeting, especially at a wet area, the joint is subject to different expansion and contraction rates. This means that even with a silicone caulk, that caulk line will crack and be vulnerable to water and frankly just look nasty. When remodeling kitchens, we always recommend that you use your countertop material for a two inch backsplash/sidesplash and then start your different material.
Granites, Marbles, Stones, Quartz: can be done in slabs, (the most expensive), or in tiles. A slab application is generally considered richer looking and more contemporary, but even tiles and mosaics can be designed for a modern flair.
Some traditional mosaics are taking on new lives with contemporary designs rather than the standard “Old World” design elements they were formerly dedicated to.
Glass Tile Backsplash
All the rage, but maybe too much so. I absolutely love them, but sparingly, otherwise it can look like a slice of Las Vegas. Florida Tile has a fabulous variety. They are also a product that will date themselves, as the decade of 2010’s, but that kind of thing is almost unavoidable. Back Painted Glass slabs are popular also, but hire this one out, it will be worth the money.
You just can’t go wrong with Granite or Marble, Limestone, Soapstone or many other stones. Natural stones never go out of style and are always enduring. They bring their own texture and life to the party. You can use the same stone as you would use on you countertops, just make sure the pattern isn’t too busy. But if you want to be creative with stone, this is the place to do it.
Ceramic or Porcelain Backsplash
Always a classic and a never ending selection in any size and shape. There is really not much you can do to go wrong in this field.
Metal fused over ceramic tiles – a good idea, used sparingly. Tin ceiling plates as a backsplash – gets a bit much. Stainless steel slabs – great if you get the right fabricator, or if you are just going to do a section at the of range, make sure you have the edges finished. Copper – again, use sparingly and decide if you want it aged or keep it amber.
Beadboard is considered country chic. If you use it make sure you bring your countertop material up as a backsplash at least 2″ and then put the beadboard on top of that. Use a clear water based poly finish, but it will still be difficult to keep clean.