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Kitchen Renovation: Backsplash Design Ideas

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Kitchens are one of the most frequently renovated rooms in the house.  While kitchen renovations can be quite expensive, there are plenty of smaller projects that are more affordable but still make a drastic impact on the design of your kitchen.  A new paint job, new countertops, new fixtures, or even a new backsplash are a few projects that can be completed independently to revitalize your kitchen on a budget.  Obviously, a complete overhaul can help you create the kitchen of your dreams, but if budget is a concern you can always break up your total kitchen renovation into several mini projects.  Today, let’s take a closer look at kitchen backsplash design ideas.

With backsplash design, you have an incredible degree of creative potential.  There are a wide range of styles and materials available, so whether you’re planning a total kitchen makeover or a simple backsplash redesign you’ll have a lot of options.  Whereas traditional backsplashes were almost always made from tile, today you can install a range of materials for an interesting and beautiful design.  Stone, glass, and metal backsplash materials give you a great deal of flexibility to find the perfect addition to your kitchen.

Some General Tips

Consider your personal style when choosing your backsplash.  If you’re a minimalist and you like a simple, clean look, match your backsplash material to your countertop.  Using the same materials for your counters and backsplash creates visual continuity.  On the other hand, if you prefer a more striking design, you can choose a brightly coloured material for your backsplash.  Moreover, certain materials lend more easily to a contemporary design while others are more traditional.  For example, rustic kitchens with stressed-wood features match well with traditional tile backsplashes.  Glass backsplashes are especially versatile and a great addition to a modern kitchen.  Finally, stone designs can be matched to almost any décor, whether you want to match or contrast your countertops.

Materials

Now that we have some design tips, let’s have a closer look at some of the more modern materials.  We all know that there is a great variety of tile backsplash options, but newer kitchens (regardless of their décor) are often fitted with stone, glass, or metal backsplashes.

Stone

Stone backsplashes are an excellent choice to bring texture and nuance to your kitchen.  An increasingly popular choice for backsplash materials, stone pairs easily with any kitchen décor.  If you have stone countertop, you can match your backsplash or install a contrasting stone.

Glass

Glass backsplash designs provide nearly infinite possibilities.  A great choice for the modern kitchen, glass options can be painted for a smooth, solid surface or feature a variety of patterns.  Bold colours and off-the-wall patterns make glass backsplashes a unique choice.

Metal

Finally, metal designs for backsplashes are also increasingly popular nowadays.  Embossed metals are an excellent backsplash addition in a rustic kitchen, or bronze designs create a classic charm.  On the other hand, stainless steel backsplashes are the contemporary designers go-to for clean, cool appeal.

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