4 Most Popular Kitchen Backsplash Materials
Earlier kitchen backsplash was mainly used to protect kitchen walls from water and food spatters. Well, even today this is it’s main function but now it also have decorative value. Kitchen backsplash is easy to install and easy to clean surface that give a distinct look to the kitchen.
Stainless steel backsplash
Stainless steel backsplash is fast becoming popular. It can be installed with a simple epoxy and it’s installation is easy. It give modern, sleek and contemporary look to the kitchen. It is available in many patterns like diamond, diagonal, plain, checkerboard, square and mosaic. If you have dark colored cabinets and countertop, steel backsplash provide the contrast.
While selecting a backsplash, not only you have to keep in mind the overall design and style of the kitchen but also those of the counter and cabinets. Whether you want to give complementary color or a contrast depends on your taste.
Ceramic tiles backsplash
Although there are various materials available in the market, ceramic tiles are still the most popular backsplash material. They offer a wide range of color, design and size. Various mix and match combinations of colors and shapes can enliven your kitchen. Best of all, they don’t cost a fortune. In fact they are quite economical. Ceramic tile murals are perfect for kitchen backsplash. Some of the favorite are flowers and vegetables, chili pepper, wine art. There are mass produced tile murals as well as custom made wall murals. For hand painted custom tile murals, you may have to spend a hefty amount.
The only drawback with ceramic tiles is that their grouting can get stained and can become a breeding ground for mold, mildew and bacteria. Also, it’s not easy to clean the grout but don’t lose heart. Solution for this could be Epoxy grout which is stain proof and water proof. The only problem is that it is difficult to install.
Vinyl Tile Backsplash
You can get the expensive look of ceramic or stone with vinyl tile blacksplash. It’s very affordable, but not as durable as ceramic tile. You can install it by yourself. No need for special tools, just cut to size and stick to a clean flat surface.
Glass tile backsplash
They are made with glass as their name suggests, and might also be recycled material which makes it eco friendly. The thing about them is that they might not have a color because they are glass and so will be completely opaque, translucent or transparent. They are also not very expensive and the best part about them is that they do not have to be maintained from time to time. If you just wipe it clean with a cloth, they will be fine and not much has to be done for it.