Make a Splash with Your Backsplash

Posted on Monday, June 28, 2021

There are a lot of ways to personalize your new home, but one of the most fun can be designing your kitchen backsplash. Backsplashes can take your kitchen from ordinary to extraordinary depending on the material, colors and textures used. You will make decisions about your backsplash at your Sierra Vista builder’s design center. Need inspiration? Here are some tips.

Choose Your Materials

A backsplash is just kitchen wall material, but it does serve a purpose. Cooking splatter can end up on walls. Walls are hard to clean, a good backsplash is not. Choose materials that can be wiped down easily. Tile, marble, stone and stainless steel are all good choices.

How High Can You Go?

The average backsplash starts just above your counters and rises to just underneath your cabinets. Backsplashes can be extended to cover as much of the wall as you want, however. Many people extend them to the ceiling. Some even decorate their vent hoods and kitchen islands with it. If you choose to extend your backsplash, make sure the material and style you pick integrate fully with your cabinets.

Tile Tips

Tile is the most commonly used material for backsplashes. They come in a multitude of colors and can be arranged in all sorts of fun ways. White subway tile gives your kitchen a clean look. Pairing it with dark grout works wonderfully in a farmhouse-inspired home. For a more elegant look, consider a herringbone pattern. Terracotta tiles look beautiful, but they can be more fragile. Don’t be afraid to use color. Chosen properly, colors can beautify your kitchen without looking dated.

Mirrors, Glass and Marble

Want to brighten up your kitchen? Choose mirrored tile. Mirrors reflect sunlight, automatically amping up the light in the space. Mirrored tile can also make a small kitchen appear larger. A glass backsplash is unique and easy to clean. Marble gives your walls a smooth texture and you can match it with your counters.

Unusual Materials

You don’t have to stick to the classics. The sky is the limit. If you love the look of exposed brick, you can incorporate that into your backsplash. Wallpaper is also a possibility because many companies coat their paper with easy-to-clean Teflon. If you have kids, consider using chalk paint.