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Kitchen backsplash ideas are as plentiful as blades of grass. There are so many designs, color combinations and materials available that the options are practically limitless.
Before deciding on a design or color, you must first consider the practical aspects. Some materials clean more quickly. Some are more fire resistant, like ceramic tiles. Some materials, like stainless steel, can withstand stains from grease or smoke better than others, like wallpaper. Certain materials require less maintenance. Therefore, the amount of time spent cooking will have a bearing on the materials you decide to use. Your desired look will determine the design and colors.
The following three popular backsplash ideas show how varied and interesting backsplash design ideas have become. The least expensive and easiest option, chalkboard paint, can be applied by most homeowners in their spare time with a minimal outlay of funds and time. Paints can brighten up the room and match nearly any existing color scheme. While paint may get dirty quicker, it cleans up easily. If the room is remodeled, it's simple to change the backsplash by either repainting or adapting it to a new surface. Plus, messages can be written on the paint and erased later.
Another material with a million faces is ceramic tile. Tile can be found in nearly every color imaginable. Designs can range from simple to complex to artistic. Every ceramic backsplash is individual. Ceramic tile costs more than painting, but it looks better too. It's easy to apply and lasts a long time. Ceramic tile is heat and stain resistant, however the grout between the tiles can become stained. Plus, tile can be chipped or broken and the grout must be cleaned frequently. That makes ceramic tile a more time-consuming material to keep clean than paint or the third option, stainless steel.
Stainless steel looks clean, sleek and modern. It is, however, the most expensive option and probably not one meant for a home owner to attempt, unless home remodeling happens to be your occupation. Stainless steel goes with any décor or counter style and is an impressive addition to any room. It blends in seamlessly with stainless steel appliances. It's durable and cleans up quickly and with little effort. It's also heat resistant. These advantages make stainless steel the preferred kitchen backsplash material for restaurants and commercial kitchens. It can be stained or marked by acids or some cleansing agents, however.
Stainless steel is available in numerous gauges and finishes. There are quilted and hammered patterns as well as satin stainless finishes. Stainless can be purchased in sheet or tile form. Naturally the tile version is easier to install than the sheet version. Another metallic finish, copper, also comes in numerous finishes and decorative patterns.
Depending on the budget and how much time you want to spend on the installation and maintenance of your kitchen backsplash, you can choose from an almost never-ending selection of colors, textures, surfaces and patterns. The backsplash area can tie together the entire kitchen. It can be functional and beautiful, interesting and utilitarian.