Materials for Kitchen Backsplash Designs
Homes and Interiors
Written by James Mahoney
Your kitchen backsplash can accent your kitchen and it can be both functional
as well as beautiful since it can be crafted from such easy to clean materials
as ceramic and stainless steel which are two of the most popular types of
kitchen backsplashes.. Whether you are changing the look of the backsplash or
adding one this can be a quick and easy way to brighten up an existing kitchen
When selecting a backsplash, it is important to have it match the fixtures in
your kitchen, but not the appliances, since they will change over time. The
fixtures however are more permanent items in the kitchen.
The most popular materials for kitchen backsplashes are ceramic or porcelain
tiles, natural stone tiles, glass or metal tiles, and faux painting or wall
Kitchen Backsplash Materials to Consider
When you are creating a kitchen backsplash consider these materials:
- Ceramic or porcelain tiles
- Natural stone tiles
- Glass tiles
- Metal tiles
- Faux painting or durable wall paper
- Stainless Steel
The nice thing about using tile as a backsplash is that it comes is a huge
variety of sizes, colours, textures and shapes. It is even possible to have
custom painted tiles to match any theme of design. In addition a tile backsplash
can be easy to install, as well as easy to clean. Many design experts say that
you should consider keeping it simple by choosing the same tile for your kitchen
backsplash as you've chosen for the floor - just in a smaller size.
Natural Stone Tiles
The most popular natural stone tiles are marble and granite. Of the natural
stones marble captures more detail than granite and since it is a softer stone
it is good for applications like kitchen backsplashes.
This material can work very well for use in country kitchen style backsplashes.
The tiles can be installed as the entire surface from counter to the bottom of
the cabinets. Brushed aluminium tiles are good for modern or 1950's retro design
kitchens. Metal tiles should match the colour of the faucets and lighting.
A new design trend in kitchen backsplashes is glass. Textured glass tiles are
usually installed between the cabinets and counters. Glass is easy to clean and
Wallpapering Kitchen Backsplashes
Wallpapering kitchen backslashes can dress up a kitchen with very little work
especially with pre-pasted wallpaper this will be a lot easier to apply. You
will find that with a small area for the backsplash the job shouldn't take very
much time to complete. Just make sure that you choose wallpaper that is washable
so that spattering from cooking and splashes can be removed.
Stainless Steel Kitchen Backsplashes
Stainless steel backsplashes are coming back in style because they can create a
modern streamlined look to your kitchen. These types of kitchen backsplashes are
able to blend in well with stainless steel kitchen appliances like the stove,
refrigerator and dishwasher. Other advantages to stainless steel kitchen
backsplashes include being easy to clean and durability.
James Mahoney is the author of many kitchen design articles and has a site about
kitchen design ideas at Kitchen Designers Ideas.com. He also publishes a
newsletter on kitchen design.