The Backsplash - A Functional Focal Point

The Backsplash – A Functional Focal Point

It’s hard to imagine but there was a time when the backsplash was purely functional. It’s only purpose was to protect your kitchen walls from cooking grease and keeping them dry. Today, the backsplash has become an essential design element. There are so many materials, colors and styles to pick from, it can even be a little overwhelming. Depending on the backsplash you choose, it can either be a subtle backdrop for your kitchen cabinets and appliances or it could be the first thing your eyes are drawn to when you enter the room. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect backsplash – one that’s functional and beautiful

Kitchen backsplash


Where to start! It can help to take cues from the rest of your home when deciding on which backsplash material to use. If your decor is more traditional, you might want to go with tile. It is truly a classic backsplash choice and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. Tile can be used to create a clean and simple look. For a more modern and trendy look, a unique design layout or a decorative tile accent can be used. 

The options for materials have expanded with the evolution of the backsplash. Marble can be used for a more elegant look. If your style is more industrial, a stainless steel backsplash could be the perfect complement to your decor. For a more rustic look, you could go with old brick or shiplap.

Colors and Patterns

Once you’ve decided on a material, it’s time to consider color and patterns. As previously mentioned, the design layout of tile can create different patterns such as herringbone,  staggered, stacked vertically or horizontally, and more. Or if you want to be more adventurous with your backsplash, you can choose to create a random pattern There are also printed or textured patterned tiles. These can be used to create an entire backsplash or just add a decorative touch to smooth, solid color tiles.

Marble also comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, providing endless design possibilities. Different looks can be created with stainless steel as well. You could use a solid sheet with a brushed or shiny finish, keeping with the industrial look. Or stainless steel tile could be the perfect accent for retro or mid-century decor. If your home has more of a rustic or country vibe, you might want to do with old brick which could be laid out in a variety of patterns. 

You could also opt to use reclaimed or manufactured shiplap. Keep in mind, for easy care and cleanup, shiplap should be treated with a protective coating.

How Much Backsplash Do You Want?

Traditional backsplashes were typically only 4 inches tall, and sometimes only found behind the stove and sink areas of the kitchen. They were often just an extension of countertop material. As the material options increased, so did the expanse of the backsplash. Now it is common to see kitchen backsplashes that go from the countertop to the bottom of the wall cabinets. Some homeowners have even opted to take their decorative backsplashes all the way up to the ceiling. 

Unique backsplash

Professional Backsplash Design

Can’t decide if your backsplash should make a statement or just be a subtle compliment to the rest of your kitchen’s decor? No worries! We can help you choose the perfect material, color, and design for your backsplash. At Home Custom Interiors offers a complete suite of professional interior design services. My team and I are passionate about bringing your vision of home to life. No decorating project is too big or too small. Whatever your interior design needs, we can handle them. Ready to get started? Let’s talk.

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