Best Materials for Your Backsplash

The kitchen backsplash offers a great opportunity to show off your style, dress up your countertops, or make them more rustic. When you’re planning, you’ll want something that complements your space but isn’t so “safe” that it doesn’t make a statement at all. 

Fortunately, this is typically the last element to install in your kitchen, so you have plenty of time to think about it during a remodel.

Kitchen Backsplash: Not just for decoration

First of all, the backsplash has an actual purpose beyond decoration which determines placement and materials. Since it protects your walls from splash and splatter, you’ll want to place it in the areas where you need it most and make it tall enough to do its job.

The surface should also be waterproof and heat resistant since you’ll most likely need it near your oven and sink. To keep the space clean, it should be wipeable, non-porous, and stain-resistant.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are the most popular for the backsplash because they come in almost every color and shape imaginable. They’re easy to clean (especially the glossy tiles), and you can arrange them in interesting patterns to find a look you love.

Of course, subway tile is extremely popular for kitchen backsplash tile, but many homeowners are switching to different dimensions to give a more chic look (2”x 8” compared with standard 3”x 6”).

However, you’ll need to consider grout color and how often you’ll want to scrub between the tiles.

Glass Tile

Small glass mosaics are also a popular easy-to-clean option but can look dated depending on the style you choose. Larger, rectangular glass tiles have grown more common, and the high gloss adds a modern element in a traditional space.

Manufactured Stone

Typically seen in more luxury homes, manufactured stone veneer may be less practical than other options. Because the concrete is porous with many facets, it may hold onto dust and oils more than other types of tile. It does add warmth and dimension to a sleek kitchen but might not work well above the stove where you have the most splatters.

Natural Stone Slab

While natural stone tiles are also an option for your backsplash, a slab makes a lasting impression in your kitchen. If you choose a stone that matches your countertops, you’ll bring timeless continuity to your walls. 

Soapstone and slate are ideal for this application because they’re non-porous and heat resistant. Marble is a popular choice, with the characteristic veining acting as wall decoration. Still, it must be sealed periodically to prevent staining from the wear and tear of regular kitchen use.

Metallic Backsplash Options

Metals and mirror tiles are certainly a modern option, but offer durability and style compared with other tiles. Industrial-style kitchens may choose a stainless steel backsplash, while sleek urban spaces look great with metal mosaics or even mirrored glass reflecting light and make the space look larger.

The contrast between a modern tile and a more rustic countertop like soapstone brings interest to small urban spaces.

Partner with Garden State Soapstone to find the perfect countertops for your kitchen remodel project. Then choose a slab to arrange as your backsplash as the finishing touch. 

With high-quality soapstone, slate, marble, wood, and more, you’ll have all your natural materials available in one location. Call today to set up an appointment in our showroom.

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October, 2020

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