Not long ago, a backsplash served the very utilitarian purpose of protecting a wall above a sink from
splashes of water or above a stove from splashes of food that is cooking on the stove. Today’s
backsplashes go way beyond simply protecting a defined space of wall above a stove or sink.
Backsplashes are now considered actual design elements in kitchens and baths that allow homeowners
to highlight specific areas and draw the eyes to take in the unique look. A well-designed backsplash
should, however, coordinate in style with the room or home.
Backsplash size has expanded from several inches above a sink or stove area to include the width of an
entire counter. Additionally, backsplashes now reach up, in some cases, beyond the bottom of the upper
cabinets all the way to the ceiling. Similar to statement walls in bedrooms and living rooms that are
painted a color that contrasts with the other wall color in the room, a backsplash can also become a
statement wall in the kitchen or bath where it is installed.
Backsplash Tile Types
The types of tiles that are suitable for use as a backsplash have increased in recent years. The color and
style possibilities are as wide as a homeowner’s imagination, and common tile types to consider include
ceramic and porcelain, glass and marble, and even stone and cement. Nontraditional materials some
homeowners are using include patterned mosaic tile, stainless steel, painted sheet glass, and ceiling tile.
Each type of tile will have its own installation, care, and maintenance requirements, including if grout is
needed – all important considerations to keep in mind when deciding which to install. Some tiles,
typically those that are small in size, also come in sheets that can be custom cut for an exact fit. The
benefit of using tile sheets is that they come in a variety of colors and styles, which is good for
homeowners who want an attractive look and are fine leaving the designing to the manufacturer.
Additionally, tile sheets are often peel-and-stick, which is a good option for do-it-yourselfers.
Other Backsplash Tile Considerations
As expected, different tiles come with different price tags. Tiles, and hence backsplashes, are most
typically priced by square foot. In addition to the cost of the materials, other considerations contractors
must take when pricing out a backsplash installation include how elaborate the design will be, how
much cutting will need to be done, how many outlets and switches need to be tiled around, and if there
are any awkward angles where tile will be placed. One easy way to curb expenses is to simplify the job
by installing a low backsplash along the counter line and another horizontal line of tile several inches
higher, rather than filling the entire gap between the counter and the undercabinet.
Where Else Can a Backsplash Be Installed?
While backsplashes are most often installed behind sinks and stoves, the feature can be expanded to
other areas to increase both the beauty and function they provide. For example, you can install tile
around the top of your shower to protect that space from dampness and humidity. A wet bar or coffee
station are other good places to add a backsplash. Just make sure the tiling used in these nontraditional
spaces coordinates with the other tile in the room.
Backsplashes can be as simple or intricate as you like. The internet provides a wealth of resources with
options and design ideas. If you want a true designer look, consider hiring a professional contractor to
install your backsplash. They have the experience in aligning tiles, applying grout and sealant, and
ensuring the entire look is neat and well finished.
Call DC Complete today at (810) 407-1771 for a consultation.