A kitchen backsplash fulfills the role of protecting walls from any splashes of food. But a backsplash can do much more than just that. It has a huge part to play in adding a particular style to this much-used room of the home, and it can also brighten it up or add warmth by injecting a splash or color. With so many different styles, materials, textures and colors to choose from, there's bound to be a backsplash that will work magic in your kitchen. Here are some eye-catching ideas to get your started.
A kitchen backsplash made from stone is very natural and exudes a stripped back feel, yet it can make a kitchen feel very glamorous, chic and desirable. A stone backsplash would work well in a very modern kitchen, with a rustic, country farmhouse appeal. The stones don't need to be of the same size, or even exactly the same color. In fact, slightly uneven stones can give a very natural, down-to-earth charm.
A glass backsplash is a really good option when it comes to jazzing up your kitchen. The slightly shimmering effect of glass not only draws your eyes to it, but it can help to create an illusion of opening the kitchen up - perfect for small rooms. A glass backsplash comes in a range of colors and styles, so pick one that fits in with the rest of your kitchen and worktops, etc. Glass is really easy to wipe and keep clean, so is a very practical and modern choice.
Shapes and patterns can add style appeal to a kitchen, so consider incorporating a backsplash made from patterned tiles or other patterned materials. Your choices aren't just limited to square or rectangular shaped patterns these days - there is a whole load of ideas out there that can make your kitchen stand out. Choose patterns all in one or two colors, or a number of colors, as well as a combination of different shapes and sizes - see what works best for your home.
Whilst a plain white splashback may, on first consideration, lack color and depth, it can actually add a lot of style and character to a kitchen. This underestimated type of splashback looks very elegant, adds a sense of space to a kitchen and won't ever go out of fashion. Don't just think you have to stick to your standard square white tiles. Consider white patterns, white strips of beaded-board panels or white stone. Add a splash of color by using grey grouting or soft colored lines within patterns.
A metal splashback can jazz up a kitchen no end. It's a popular, classic choice because it blends in well with kitchen appliances and most fixtures and fittings. Metal is also easy to clean and adds a shiny, elegant, industrial vibe to a kitchen. Metal splashbacks can be plain or patterned, including tiles, mosaic or zigzag patterns. Because metal reflects light, like a mirror, it can increase the sense of space in a smaller kitchen.
Note: Contributions from Crispin Jones, a blogger and fan of all things cooking. He recently helped Appliance City put together an infographic about how to stack your fridge correctly. Connect with them on Twitter.