backsplash 101

Backsplash 101: What It Does And How To Pick The Right One For Your Kitchen

When you think of kitchen design, the first things that come to mind are most likely appliances, counter tops, and cabinets. But don’t forget backsplashes! These practical kitchen features come in a wide variety of patterns and styles, and their selection can have a big impact on the look and value of your kitchen. Read on for our backsplash 101 guide!

What Is Backsplash?


Backsplash is a vertical extension to your kitchen counter where it meets the wall, and is typically a few inches to a foot or two high. However, it can also extend all the way up to your ceiling. It’s primary function is protective, as it shields your wall from grease and water splatters as well as knife scratches from cooking. While it’s a practical addition to your kitchen, it also represents a great opportunity to inject some style into your home and increase its value to buyers. So what should you consider when you are choosing your backsplash?

Use One Material From Top To Bottom To Create A Uniform Look


Avoid using different materials if possible. Some homeowners start with a countertop slab of a few inches and then add a stone or tile backsplash above. One material from top to bottom creates a much more uniform and polished look. To ensure harmony, we also recommend having your backsplash extend to at least the bottom of your upper cabinets.

Choose A Timeless Material That Won’t Go Out Of Style


While we love experimenting with home decor, we also recommend you consider whether you’ll still love a backsplash material in a year or two. Think about how your backsplash will match your cabinets and countertops. If you have two different cabinet colours or countertops with prominent veins, your choice will have to blend with that. On the other hand, if your kitchen has a neutral palette, a backsplash is a great way to create a decorative focal point.

Consider Your Lifestyle


Balance cost and your lifestyle when selecting your material. Factors such as whether you have small children or cook a lot will make a difference to the best choice for your backsplash. For instance, ceramic tile and glass are easy to clean, so busy parents will appreciate these options. Natural stone isn’t as easy to wipe down but has a rustic look many people love, and could be a good option for those who don’t mind the extra cleaning time. Finally, glass tends to be the most expensive backsplash material but offers a glossy, luxurious look.

That wraps up our backsplash 101, and we hope you are a little more informed on this important kitchen feature. Remember to consider your budget and lifestyle and aim for a timeless material, and we are certain you will be pleased with your choice. Have fun designing! Thanks for reading and be sure to follow along on our blog for more interior decorating ideas.