Many homeowners spend a large amount of time in the kitchen–and for good reason. Your kitchen is the “hub” of your home: a place to unwind, prepare family meals, and try out that new instant pot. With the right cabinets, countertops, and appliances, your kitchen can feel like new again. However, there’s one feature you can add during a kitchen remodel that will truly complete the entire look—a backsplash.
A kitchen backsplash not only adds character and style to your space, but it also creates a protective wall against stains, messes, or spills. Your backsplash doesn’t need to cost a fortune, and, when finished, will leave your kitchen looking better than when you began.
How a backsplash adds character to your kitchen
Some homeowners overlook the backsplash because they believe it’s an “extra” design feature in the kitchen that functions only as decoration. Contrary to that belief, a backsplash can add character and style to a kitchen that a coat of paint simply cannot. That blank wall space between the countertop and cabinet has the capacity to be filled with color, texture, and shape. Investing in and learning about the right kind of backsplash can increase your kitchen’s value, which increases the overall value of your home.
If you love the look of white cabinets, white quartz countertops, and clean appliances, your backsplash is the perfect opportunity to throw in some color or texture. With so many options to explore, you’re sure to find something that matches your style and personality. Imagine a blue tile overlay or a white herringbone pattern to cover up that plain wall. There are even peel-and-stick options or DIY-friendly backsplash kits you can try if you’re more of a hands-on homeowner.
What kind of kitchen backsplash do you need?
Whether your style is modern, farmhouse, or traditional, a backsplash can reflect your personality while providing protection and balance to your kitchen. With so many backsplash options on the market, let’s explore a few of the most popular choices: peel-and-stick, beadboard / shiplap, and tile.
Peel-and-stick tiles are a widely popular choice for DIY experts and those working within a tighter budget. These tiles work exactly like they sound—you peel off the backing, and stick the pattern where you’d like against the wall. Though this method sounds quick-and-easy, the truth is that DIY options take a lot of time, measuring, and accuracy. One wrong stick, and your backsplash will look crooked.
Additionally, these peel-and-stick options won’t protect your walls or appliances as well as ceramic or porcelain tile can. Before you run to the nearest home improvement store to grab a roll of this easily-applied backsplash, make sure you know the pros and cons.
Beadboard / shiplap
If you go with a beadboard or shiplap backsplash, you’ll want to invest in durable wood and the right coat of paint. This material works well in a farmhouse or traditional home. Shiplap adds more protection than peel-and-stick tiles, but it also may prove to be more difficult to clean and care for. Sticky fingers or stains can leave their mark on white wood. You can achieve the wood look for less money than tile or marble, making it a nice middle option for backsplashes. Be sure to look online at blogs, Pinterest, and home improvement websites to find the look that’s right for you.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are a tried-and-true option for any backsplash. With hundreds of colors, shapes, and textures, tile can be arranged in a variety of ways. For example, you can pick a white subway tile to bring a modern look to your space. Or, you can go with a teal or blue glossy tile to add a pop of color to the wall. Tile is easy to wipe down and lasts for years, making it one of the best picks for your backsplash needs.
Choosing a remodeling professional for your kitchen needs
Whatever kind of backsplash you choose for your kitchen, be sure to consult with a remodeling professional before you begin. A few extra tips will help in the long run. If you’re going with a tile or marble backsplash, a renovation expert will be your best choice for installation. You can create the perfect balance of the functional and beautiful in the room you spend the most time in. Your kitchen will truly feel complete once that last tile is sealed into place, brightening up your kitchen with a brilliant backsplash.
Superior Stone & Cabinet is your one-stop-shop for all your kitchen remodeling needs here in the Valley. We carry a wide selection of kitchen cabinets, countertops, and backsplash tile. To speak with a design expert, contact us for an in-home estimate, or visit us at our conveniently located showroom.