This story is for you if you want to know how to build a kitchen that reflects who you are and what you like to cook. The backsplash is an extension of the kitchen counter and is typically built to prevent water, grease, etc., from damaging the walls, especially in the area behind the stove and sink. It can project a few inches from the wall or up toward the ceiling, depending on the design. For practical purposes, of course, but also to try out new design ideas or inject some color into the kitchen without completely remodeling it, a backsplash is a great addition.
Consider things like cost, aesthetic preference, and installation convenience when making your material selection. For advice on kitchen layout and tile selection, keep reading!
Ceramics, porcelain, glass, natural stone, faux metal, and stone are some of the most popular options for kitchen backsplashes. Materials like fake glass or metal can be used to get a modern aesthetic, while porcelain and ceramic can achieve a more classic one. There is something about natural stone that might feel more industrial or weathered. Also, to maintain a consistent aesthetic flow, the kitchen backsplash should starkly contrast with the cabinets, countertops, and flooring.
Because of the increased number of joints, thorough cleaning is crucial for larger tiles and mosaics. Glass is a terrific choice because it is hygienic and can reflect a lot of light around the space.
Stainless steel, while more long-lasting than glass, requires extensive upkeep. Natural stone, wood veneer, etc., have a similar low-maintenance profile but need frequent polishing to keep their luster. Food, oil, and other impurities can penetrate the porous material and leave behind stains, discoloration, and fading if they aren't sealed frequently with a sealer.
Make sure that aesthetics aren't sacrificed for functionality. Material for your kitchen backsplash should be chosen with the kitchen walls' safety in mind. The kitchen's average temperature, as well as its frequency of use, are crucial factors to consider. Thermoplastic tiles, for instance, are a good choice for a low-traffic kitchen, but plastic begins to deform at temperatures beyond 60 °C, so this option is out. As a result, thermoplastic is not a good choice for use behind the stove. Ceramic, porcelain, glass, and metal tiles are excellent choices since they are non-porous and resistant to staining, fading, heat, and moisture.
In comparison to replacing a bathroom or an entire floor, the cost of installing a new kitchen backsplash is far more manageable. Nevertheless, weighing the cost against the material's expected lifespan is essential. While travertine and stone veneer continues to be more expensive and exquisite, porcelain, ceramic, and thermoplastic tile are often less priced options.