It only takes a clever backsplash concept to transform your kitchen from ordinary to extraordinary
In the case of form following function, or function following form, when it comes to backsplashes, it really is a toss-up! Today’s stylish kitchen backsplash has come a long way since their inception. Now they really are a way to put your personal stamp on your kitchen space by using a variety of materials.
There are a few key reasons why ceramic tile is the material of choice for the stylish kitchen backsplash. Versatile and easy to maintain, it comes in a rage of styles, colours and price points. The sky really is the limit! This of course can make choosing the right ceramic tile style difficult. To nail one down, it’s worth considering your lifestyle. For example, while white subway tile may seem like an easy option, it may not be the best idea for a family. Perhaps a coloured grout, or multi-coloured mosaic tiles are better options in this circumstance? If you want to go worldly consider printed Moroccan tiles, or painted tiles from Portugal or Mexico. If you’re on-board with making a big statement, mix things up with a variety of printed tiles in a complimentary patterns and colours.
Stainless steel is the ideal for kitchens that are full on modern, or for people who want to add a cool-kid industrial edge to their space. Affordable, durable and easy to clean, stainless steel is also a great option for DIY-ers. Sold in sheets, it can be easily adhered to walls with glue or nails. Due to the fact that it reacts better to cleaning with warm water and a cloth, it is also relatively easy on the environment (and your chore list) once installed.
When it comes to pulling off that look of effortless luxury, nothing beats marble. A work of art in nature, marble truly does bring a premium feel to the kitchen. Though it is porous, there’s no need to be nervous about it retaining good looks as a backsplash in the long term. Marble simply requires sealing once installed by a qualified installer, and periodic sealing to ensure it keeps its lustre and looks over the years.
Not unlike marble, a wooden backsplash gives off a premium and warm vibe that could never be engineered anywhere other than the great outdoors. When showcasing the texture and grain of its natural source, a wooden backsplash also proves that Mother Nature has great style. And, there are sustainable options as well, like bamboo. If you love the modern, natural look of real wood backsplashes, but not the price tag, go laminate.
There are also a number of other quirky alternatives to add some character to your stylish kitchen backsplash. Chalkboard can be used in areas that won’t have direct contact with water and grease. Fabric under glass, or vinyl stickers are a great way to add groovy patterns to a space. When it is the same colour as the countertop, composite can be used to create a streamlined look. Or, if you’re going for an earthier approach, try brick or cobblestone!