The backsplash is definitely an element of kitchen and bath design that you shouldn’t overlook. It should be both an expression of your personal style and a way to tie the space together. Not only should it complement your flooring and countertops, but it should also fit the style of your home. Yet, even though it’s the design element that ties the whole room together, the backsplash is often the last design feature that’s chosen during the design.
The traditional choice for backsplashes is to use tile. There are plenty of options when it comes to tile. Remember to invest in good grout when the tile is being installed, as grout is the “backbone” of your whole backsplash. But, tile isn’t the only option for backsplashes. Some people choose beadboard for a simple, clean look.
There are also other much more exciting options such as glass mosaics or faux brick. If it fits the style of the home, exposed brick has become a popular backsplash option. You can also use natural stone in the backsplash to work with your countertops. Keep in mind, though, that glass and stone options require more maintenance and are more expensive than tile or brick.
Another way to go with the backsplash is to mix and match materials. Not only can this make the backsplash more budget-friendly, but also gives your kitchen or bath a unique style. In any case, be sure to use materials that are not going to look dated within a few years. You want to have an interesting aesthetic to your backsplash that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Remember, you’ll be seeing your backsplash every day, so make sure it’s something that you’re super comfortable with. Don’t just decide on the backsplash colors, materials, and style on a whim. This is why people usually leave the backsplash design for last, because you want it to fit in with everything else you’re doing. But, definitely don’t overlook the backsplash and just throw in some basic tile at the last minute. While it’s one of the easier things to replace later, why not get it perfect in the beginning?