The Quick Kitchen Backsplash Cheat Sheet Sep 26th, 2014 Image Credit: Mydecorideas.com If you’re toying with the idea of a kitchen remodeling project, you’ve probably pondered over backsplashes and wondered what direction to go. Backsplashes are no longer thought of as simply a protector of walls from splattering food and water. This space between your countertops and cabinets is a dynamic focal point that pulls together your kitchen decor. It’s the most versatile wall space in your kitchen. Think of your kitchen backsplash as a canvas that connects the other colors and textures together. Make it a neutral place of transition or a creative space to showcase your personality. Before you start choosing backsplashes, you’ll need to have a feel for what other materials and colors you have in mind. The next step is to choose a material that suits your practical needs and visual interests. Here’s a cheat sheet to help you narrow the field. Maintenance Practically speaking, your backsplash should be easy to clean, especially when there’s a spill or a splatter. For this reason, glass panels and tiles are ideal. If you’re interested in quick and effortless clean-up but you want a different look, stainless steel backsplashes are scratch-resistant, durable and also easy to clean. They pair nicely with stainless steel appliances and cabinet hardware. Glass and stainless steel are available in a variety of patterns and finishes for a more modern or contemporary style. Surface The two main types of backsplash surfaces are tiles and continuous pieces cut to fit your spaces. Tiles invite options for multicolor patterns that draw in hues from your cabinets, walls and flooring. Single pieces tend to have more subtle, more neutral designs, but still make it easy to accent the colors found elsewhere in your kitchen. Materials There are several different materials trending in backsplashes this year. As darker cabinets and natural stone countertops capture more attention in San Diego area kitchen remodels, finding the right backsplash to complement them is more important than ever. • Metals – Stainless steel, bronze, brass and tin offer a warm metallic look. Textures and brushed or aged finishes are taking over from the bright and shiny tradition of metals in the kitchen. • Glass – A bright shimmer from a glass finish adds a dash of vibrancy to the mood. The area over the stove is the ideal space for a mosaic or broad design that offers balance to a simple glass pattern in the areas between countertops and cabinets. • Slate – From modern to rustic, slate surfaces pair well with both wood and natural stone finishes. A wide range of choices are available, especially in neutral and earth tones. A naturally porous material, sealed slate is preferred for easier cleaning and maintenance. • Marble – Honed and tumbled marble surfaces take a stylish step back from the more traditional shiny varieties. These textures create a more vintage or casual effect that’s enhanced with a touch of elegance. When choosing the right backsplash for your kitchen remodeling project, try to find the right colors without compromising the style. Our Lars custom remodeling and design team can help you to narrow down some of the options. Contact us today to set up a complimentary consultation appointment.