Kitchen backsplashes are essential to beautify and protect your walls. That’s why homeowners tend to have a tough time finding the right kind that’ll suit their place. For this reason, we’ll go over the main types of backsplash at your disposal. That way, you can be sure you’ll make a wise decision by the end of this blog.
Kitchen backsplashes date back to the 1950s. People used them to prevent the walls from receiving splashes of food, grease, oil marks, and different types of water damage. Moreover, they were only a few inches tall.
Since then, backsplashes became a central focal point in a kitchen’s design. In fact, they are incomplete without them. Additionally, backsplashes are often as high as the ceiling to give the kitchen a modern touch and update its look.
Nevertheless, homeowners must consider a wide variety of factors when choosing a backsplash design. For instance, these features come in different presentation styles, such as tiles, mirrors, panels, wallpaper, and even chalkboard paint.
Then there’s the wide arrange of materials, colors, designs, and textures available. Lastly, there’s the tile shape, which can be rectangular, square, diamond, circular, and even random frames.
For the sake of simplicity, we’ll mainly focus on the primary backsplash materials for this article.
These are your options regarding the types of backsplash for your kitchen:
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most used backsplash as they can beautify the whole look of the kitchen with minimum effort.
These materials can come in different shapes, colors, and geometric patterns. Additionally, they are super easy to clean. The best part is that they are inexpensive and are easy to install.
Using natural stone as a backsplash is a simple way to add elegance to your kitchen. Some natural stones options include marble, limestone, travertine, and granite.
These backsplashes are unbelievably versatile and durable. Nevertheless, make sure to seal them in place to prevent damage.
While each stone has its different lifespan, granite is the most long-lasting option out of all. However, if you’re looking for an option that comes in neutral tones, you should consider soapstone. This alternative also is the least porous.
Travertine offers homeowners a glossy backsplash. Finally, marble is the most luxurious option of all since it offers a unique look with its natural veins and colors.
Last but not least, you can also make natural stone eye-catching by choosing either subway tiles or mosaic sheets.
Natural stone backsplashes are easy to take care of and clean. Not only that, but they often go well with most countertop and cabinet colors.
Glass backsplashes provide a sleek and clean look to the kitchen. They can turn any simple-looking traditional or modern kitchen into a classy one.
Glass tiles are readily available, can cover large surface areas efficiently, and are easy to maintain. However, they are a bit expensive.
Regarding this popular backsplash reflectivity level, it offers homeowners four different presentations: iridescent, matte, frosted, and glossy.
Sadly, you can’t have your glass tiles patched up, unlike your other backsplash options. In other words, you’ll need to replace them if they get damaged, which can cause future problems as finding matching replacements can be difficult.
Additionally, this type of tile tends to reflect sound.
Concrete backsplashes can add a one-of-a-kind look to your kitchen.
Just like ceramic tiles, concrete tiles are also available in various shapes, textures, and colors that can help you match your kitchen’s color scheme and countertops. As a result, you’ll end up with a more integrated look.
In addition, you can also pair a concrete backsplash with glass tiles to add a fresh yet distinctive touch.
Backsplashes made of stainless steel stand out and make your kitchen look amazing.
Stainless steel backsplashes come in various forms, such as square tiles and sheets. Moreover, they are durable, easy to clean, and heat resistant.
Just like with its concrete counterpart, you can match this backsplash with any countertop style.
Furthermore, metal backsplashes are durable and simple to take care of. Metal tiles often reflect light much better than other options, making your kitchen have a brighter look.
Sadly, stainless steel is vulnerable to scratches and dents. Not only that, but if you don’t clean it regularly, it can fade out. For this reason, homeowners should be quick in cleaning this type of backsplash when it’s splashed with acidic liquids such as coffee or juice.
Lastly, it’s an expensive option. That’s why metallic tiles aren’t the first choice for homeowners.
Finally, we have wood backsplashes.
We can all agree that any wooden accessory or feature in your kitchen can surely bring a gorgeous look to your home. Backsplashes are no exception.
When opting for wood, you can go for a horizontal pattern using some plywood or shiplap. Moreover, you can repurpose previous wood as well if you’re looking to be eco-friendly and save some money.
Also, you’ll want your contractor to properly seal the wood used for this type of home improvement project. That way, you ensure that your backsplash lasts a long time.
As you can see, backsplashes are a fantastic way to give your kitchen a touch of your personality. Other options for backsplashes include wallpaper, mirrors, and even LED lights.
By knowing the main types of backsplash materials, you can now choose the best one that’ll fit your kitchen. Be sure to contact El’s Remodeling when having questions about this topic or need professional assistance on your kitchen remodeling. Our team counts on the right tools and skillset to assist you every step of the way!