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Kitchen Remodeling-Backsplash

Why the Backsplash?

There are several components to remodeling a kitchen that one must consider. Some prominent selections include the cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, appliances, plumbing fixtures, and backsplash.   The kitchen remodel probably brings together more materials that must harmonize than any other room in the house.  With so many surfaces to choose, a designer can be beneficial for your sanity, as well as, swift production.

We will address the backsplash in this post.  (see our post on countertops for more info)  One of the main purposes of a backsplash is to protect the wall behind the counter top.  Homeowners usually choose an easy to clean material that is wipe-able making clean-up of cooking spills and splatters a cinch. We mention a few options available for backsplashes in this post.

Easy Maintenance

For decades ceramic tile has been the popular material used in backsplashes.  This selection is not only resilient, but inexpensive, unless the tile is shipped from an exotic land or is hand crafted, these can be more costly.  Ceramic tile can be installed in varying patterns, such as: herringbone, stacked or brickwork.  The tile can come in small one inch sizes or larger 12′ x 24” to name a few.  There are so many possibilities with this material that the choices of design are limitless.  See a few ideas:

Beauty & Style

Another reason for choosing a backsplash for your kitchen remodel is beauty.  A backsplash can bring color, texture, and pizzazz to your kitchen and become the focal point, like a favorite work of art.   The kitchen backsplash has a utilitarian purpose, but can be so much more.  Consider the backsplash as the crowning jewel of the kitchen.  This component can bring such bling to your kitchen that it may require the other components to take a bow!  You can be bold and courageous, letting your imagination run away, as you design your kitchen backsplash.  Have fun by making it a reflection of your particular style and taste.

Several products to consider when designing your backsplash are glass, metal, mirror, wood and stone surfaces and their unlimited options for color, texture, and shape.  Metal & mirror can offer resilience and shine, as well as, reflective qualities and with the right lighting can give your kitchen a dramatic look.  There are so many surfaces from which to select that we couldn’t address all of them in this post, but check out a few options below that may tempt you.

Before we complete this post, we must share a photo of a very unique back splash that is a possibility for anyone with the flair for the eclectic and yet very personal look.  We found this as we surfed the web.  Enjoy! (Photo credit below.)


Paper: Picture Perfect: Break from tradition with a custom kitchen backsplash that doubles as a photo wall. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn gave a sentimental twist to this sleek, modern kitchen with a cutting-edge backsplash printed from a favorite family photo. Orange accents brighten the monochromatic palette. 

We will continue our discussion on the components for your kitchen remodel in our next post with regards to lighting.  The atmosphere that lighting sets and the way that it can enhance the other selections in your kitchen remodel, makes it one of the important and less costly ways to bring your kitchen up to date.