With today’s modern kitchen updates, it seems as if every kitchen has a unique, one-of-a-kind backsplash to accent striking cabinetry. With countless material options to choose from, the possibilities for creating a beautiful kitchen backsplash are as vast as the imagination. Tile still remains one of the most common materials used to create backsplashes, but with the right installer, you can turn virtually any material into a stunning accent for your kitchen. If you’re caught in the decision making process of trying to select the right backsplash for your kitchen update, here are a few popular materials to help make your selection a little easier. As is common with most purchases in life, your backsplash’s final price tag will be determined by a number of factors, including kitchen size, material, suppliers, and purchase costs.
Laminated Backsplash Panels
The molded plastic panels are an ideal option for anyone looking for a beautiful and highly functional backsplash that is also very affordable. Laminated panels can be easily installed by professionals or by eager homeowners looking to tackle a DIY project; they are also available in a wide range of colors, textures, designs, and patterns.
Are you going for an industrial, clean look in your kitchen? Then consider a stainless steel backsplash to line your walls between your cabinets and your countertops. It can be stamped with intricate mosaic patterns, to look like tiles, installed in smooth sheets, and so much more. Stainless steel will allow you to extend the look of your high-end appliances upward for a more cohesive look, and it will reflect the light in your kitchen to offer increased brightness in spaces that may provide limited natural light. As an added bonus, stainless steel is extremely easy to wipe clean, making kitchen cleanup a breeze. However, it can be a bit pricier, so know your budget up front before you commit to this look.
Ceramic tile has been a popular option for kitchens for more than a hundred years. Although subway tile is frequently thought of, we’re giving that its own category. Here, we’re talking about the wide assortment of other square tile options available. Ceramic tile is extremely versatile and offers you endless design, color, and pattern options. It can be installed in an array of manners, and is available to suit nearly any theme or style you’re going for. It is very durable and can withstand heat, moisture, splatters, and grease. Pricing on such tiles can vary dramatically, depending on a wide variety of factors; so no matter your backsplash budget, chances are there would be some sort of ceramic tile option available to meet your needs.
Beadboard panels are a unique and beautiful option to consider for a kitchen backsplash. It is very affordable, easy to install, and can be painted to match whatever your color scheme may call for. Beadboard panels also offer a high-end look that many would envy. Beadboard does come with a few cons, however. Because of the groove finish, it’s susceptible to food, dirt and grime, and must be regularly cleaned with a damp sponge. The wood panels are also vulnerable to excess moisture, and should not be used in areas of high humidity. Finally, beadboard panels won’t work with every kitchen style. The soft, quaint look offered by beadboard panel typically won’t blend well in a contemporary or modern kitchen. Consider the overall kitchen style carefully.
Creating a unique kitchen backsplash made from stone is becoming a more and more popular choice for many homeowners. Marble, limestone, travertine, granite, and more: these all allow for high-end, extremely durable, and highly functional backsplash options that are also heat resistant. A stone backsplash may be the ideal solution for a kitchen that sees ample use on a daily basis. Depending on the type of stone used, this backsplash option can be rather expensive to purchase and install. However, this investment is one that will last for years to come.
If you’re looking for a trendy alternative solution in kitchen backsplash design, look no further than back-painted glass. The clear glass is painted on the backside, allowing you limitless options for color, design and style. The glass is highly durable, easy to clean and holds up well against stains. Having your glass backsplash painted professionally can be pricey, depending on who performs the work, but if you’re feeling artsy (and daring) feel free to tackle this DIY project yourself! Before you say “YES” to the back-painted glass backsplash, however, be sure to discuss the decision with a knowledgeable kitchen design pro. This look isn’t for every kitchen, so make sure the glass design matches your style, finishes, and overall feel for the room.
Classic Subway Tiles
This heavily popular option has a little bit of something to appeal to any homeowner updating a kitchen on any budget. The rectangular tiles can be custom made or mass produced, are available in the classic white or a whole rainbow of other color options, and offer a look that will never go out of style. They are versatile with nearly any kitchen design, so the only trick is to find the perfect color and size to fit your liking. The durability, beauty, and practicality of subway tile makes it an ideal candidate for nearly any homeowner on any budget looking to add a little punch to their kitchen.
The kitchen design experts at Kurtis Kitchen and Bath Centers have been helping homeowners throughout the metro-Detroit and Southeast Michigan region create beautiful backsplash designs for nearly 50 years. Schedule a no-obligation consultation at one of our five convenient showrooms to discover the many other options available for you upcoming kitchen remodel. Call 1-888-KURTIS-1 to learn more.