The Do's and Don'ts of Kitchen Backsplashes

Posted by Devon Shryock

It's the same old story: you're making your famous pasta sauce and more is splattering onto your wall than is staying in the pot. It's ok, we all have the tell-tale red stains in our own kitchen. What if I told you that cleaning, and spaghetti night, can get a whole lot easier with just one little change? Putting a kitchen backsplash behind your stove or sink can zest up the whole room and be a practical addition. For such a stylish feature, it sure is a life saver! Follow these do's and don'ts on incorporating a backsplash in your kitchen.

DO have fun

A backsplash should stand out from the rest of your kitchen. So go ahead and take some risks! Feel free to get creative with a patterened design or a fun solid color. Play with the textures on your kitchen walls behind the stove and sink.

DON'T limit yourself

There's no rule that says a backsplash has to stay behind the stove and sink. In fact, having a backsplash that circles your kitchen can be extremely aesthetically pleasing and spice up your kitchen. Speaking of spice, there's also no rule that your backsplash has to be flat. Consider adding shelves or a spice rack for easy access while cooking. The sky's the limit!

DO keep the purpose in mind

Really the only rule you should be cautious of when designing your new kitchen is that of functionality. The purpose of a backsplash is to have a section of your wall that's easy to clean and care for. Because of this, tiles are a common choice material and is a lot easier to wipe down than a textured wall. Just make sure you choose tile that doesn't have deep grooves.

DON'T worry about matching

The goal is to complement your kitchen's design with your backsplash, without matching it. In the picture below, the homeowners picked up details from the island and reflected them on the backsplash. Complementing touches keep the kitchen looking cohesive, without being overwhelming. It's also a great way to liven up an otherwise neutral room.

A backsplash is a practical and aesthetically pleasing addition to your kitchen. If you're looking to remodel the kitchen, give the S.E.A. Construction team a call. 

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