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Using A Backsplash As A Design Element

Using A Backsplash As A Design Element

When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, many people have a clear idea about the countertops, the cabinetry, and the flooring that they want to install. Homeowners are often are at a loss of what direction to take the backsplash.

Tile

For those considering tile for a kitchen backsplash, there is a wide array of styles, textures, and materials to choose from. Glass tile, subway tile, slate, and mosaics are popular choices for backsplash design. For homeowners that do not know where to start, they first figure out if the backsplash will be a design feature that stands out or if it will serve as an accent and allow other design elements in the space take center stage. This can then inform the color, material, and finishes that are chosen for an area.

Monolithic Stone

A monolithic backsplash is where a slab of stone is installed on the wall. More often than not, homeowners want a piece that is the same type of stone or material that they picked for their countertops. This creates a seamless and clean design, that many people love. Additionally, for the same look and added interest, some people choose a slab that complements the countertop, but may be a different color, finish, or material.

Mixing Tile and Stone

Many homeowners in San Diego that are venturing into home remodeling, like the idea of finding a way to incorporate both slabs and tile into a design. One option is to run pieces of stone to the bottom of the upper kitchen cabinets, and then include tile anywhere above that lower cabinet line. Over the stove or kitchen sink (where smaller cabinets or no cabinets are installed) are great opportunities for bringing wall tile into the design. This is especially true for those wanting to create a focal point with their tile. Some people might decide to use vibrant colors, an unexpected texture, or even a hand painted tile mural on the wall. Another option is to run a smaller slab of 4-6″ in height along the wall and use tile in the space above that. This is a great design opportunity to incorporate decorative edging as a visual transition between the slab and tile or to use accent tiles that are the same stone as the slab and countertop to pull the whole design together.

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