Room by Room: the Kitchen – Backsplash
Besides paint, there are so many options for backsplashes that choosing one, and knowing how it will look when installed, may be difficult. Again, this is where function vs. aesthetics can come into play. If you tend to be a bit messy when cooking, choose a backsplash that can be easily cleaned and maintained. Likewise, if you make a mess only when using your range, maybe change up the material and use a stainless steel backsplash only in this area, and then something different in the rest of the space.
Decorative backsplashes can add a lot of pattern and texture to your kitchen, but depending on how busy your countertop is, you might want to be careful not to choose something with a conflicting (or too busy) pattern. For instance, if you chose a highly figured granite with lots of color variation, by adding say a glass mosaic, also in varying colors, the busyness and pattern might completely overwhelm the space (and you). If, on the other hand, your countertop is fairly nondescript, adding color, texture, and pattern in your backsplash will make for a very dramatic, designer look.
For a unique backsplash I love the idea of using unusual backsplash materials such as glass, metal, resin, and rough stone. It may not be for everyone, but it adds a unique twist that will have people asking what it is and where you found it.
Hopefully today’s blog gave you insight into unique materials that can be used as a kitchen backsplash. Sure, they are not all for everyone, but keep in mind pattern, color, and maintenance while searching for a backsplash. Thank you again for reading this blog series. It has been so much fun to bring you my ideas. Next week, I will be looking at Room by Room: the Dining Room.
Until then, enjoy! – Kristin