Kitchens are all about function. They can be art, too. And if you're in the position of having a little control over it, at the least, your kitchen should be a place you enjoy.
Functionally, kitchen backsplashes need to protect the wall from equipment, water, and cooking messes. They should be easy to clean and durable.
Backsplashes can be the focal highlight of a kitchen... fancy tile that's rich in texture and color. Or you can take a simpler approach, just running a four inch strip of the same material your counter is made from on the wall.
Depending on your style, unless you have a lot of skill or know a designer who does, (like us at the Jennifer Adams Design Group
) it's probably best to keep it simple. Usually backsplashes are chosen at the end of the kitchendesign process, but sometimes if you find your dream tile, or an artifact or tile mural, you can build your whole kitchen around that!
Check out your local tile stores for inspiration early in the design process. You might find some amazing color ideas that you can use for paint and cabinets, not even your backsplash! If you're on a budget, many tile showrooms and manufacturers have a "seconds" department. Be sure to check that out.
Until next time!
Photos courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens website.
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