Kitchen Backsplashes have become a must with the advent of modular kitchens. Protecting the wall behind the cook top, is as equally important as designing any other part of the kitchen.
As the interiors of your grandmother’s kitchen, there might or might not be a huge window behind the cemented platform, where the gas stove would be placed. Modern kitchens have downright adopted the concept of installing an overhead chimney that pulls out all the heat, and smoke.
But what about the occasional splashes and spills, oil, and food clinging on to the wall behind? Kitchen Backsplashes not only protects, but also increases the glamour of the kitchen.
From designer tiles to basic polished stones, anything and everything can be carved to fit in.
All you need to consider, are the pros and cons of each, and then add in your tinkering, for achieving the best plan for your kitchenette.
This is probably the best material for a backsplash. It serves all the purposes of installing a backsplash. It is very easy to clean, practically never wears out or corrodes, and goes seamlessly with most of your kitchen accessories.
Not only is steel resistant from heat, but it does leaves no scope for dirt and grime penetrating into the backsplash. Stainless steel is flexible, fits in very comfortably into the smallest of the biggest area, and reflects sufficient light to make the area look bigger.
The thing is, as long as you so not have any hitch that this might make your kitchen look like that of a restaurant’s, this is the best choice possible.
Glass Backsplashes comes in two varieties: Solid Glass Blocks, and Glass Tiles. Glass Blocks are set in coordination to the outside wall. As such, they fit in beautifully and let the natural light and colour into your kitchen.
Glass Tiles on the other hand, are glued to the wall, or fixed with the help of a frame. You can even fix LED lights to let the glass glow.
In any of the cases, the advantages you get are beautifully shimmering glass work that add a magical touch to your kitchen. They take away the drab from working in the heat and smoke. Glass is again a bad conductor of heat, looks very classy, and is definitely does not allow the growth of mold and moss.
Take care while cleaning a glass backsplash. Once there is a scratch or a break, it will show like an ugly mark.
Soapstone is a common choice for a backsplash because it is not porous, and thus there is no scope for oil or water or even dust to infiltrate the thick slab. It comes as a single piece, with no additional demand for cutting. It is easy to clean, and a regular wipe at the end of the day is enough to keep it shiny.
It retains heat, but is not flammable. The surface is smooth, and it is very low maintenance. Soapstone is not as expensive as marble, but still gives a beautiful finish.
It is ideal for kitchens that have a bold backsplashes colour scheme and no-fuss design. Make sure to coat the surface with mineral oil, to keep it shining like new, for years.
Ceramic Tiles are definitely the most flexible and inexpensive option available. You can easily give your kitchen the much needed makeover with just a few colorful ceramic tiles. Patterned or plain, the ceramic tiles are available in all colors and sizes.
You need to make up your mind, whether you want a textured backsplash that would be the focal point of your kitchen, or a checkered one, or just a single color in multiple shades that would paint an artistic design across your wall.
As beautiful as it might be, ceramic tiles need to be sealed very tightly to avoid any seepage of oil or water. If not skilfully placed, they could chip and wear easily. But even then, replacing a chipped tile is not even close to the expense in replacing a stone backsplash.
To give a glow and an antique finish to your kitchen, consider metal tiles for the backsplash. They are waterproof, and would render an expensive look to the wall. Metal tiles are very apt for a smaller coverage of the wall. Else the shine and shimmer, would look very odd.
You could purchase a matt finished tile, even brass or tin ones that are embossed. They are scratch proof, would not let in leaching, and are very tough and sturdy.
If you do not mind a little high maintenance, then metals are perfect for a kitchen that shows its class in every nook and corner.
Marbles are an all-time hit with those believing in panache and class. They are gorgeous wherever they are placed, even as a backsplash. Marbles instantly bring a sense of serenity and calmness with a bright white embrace.
Though they are not very heat resistant, and stain very easily especially with curries, and turmeric, using marble in the Indian kitchens is a little risky. Nonetheless, for a backsplash it is not a bad option, as it reflects light, and with a little love and care, glows brighter.
From patterned to getting a mosaic backsplash of your favourite colour, is all so easy in the world of interior designing. You can get them handmade, or use mosaic backsplash kitchen tiles, whatever suits your pocket most. Mosaic makes the backsplash look vibrant.
Mosaic require easy maintenance, nothing too much. They are stain resistant, and an easy wipe generally does the trick.
Blue and pastel shades, glass mosaic or even ceramics, bring in the x factor in your otherwise simple kitchen.
It is not always necessary to keep your backsplash in sync with the rest of your kitchen. Inventing and improving is the new mantra. Play with colours, use different materials. Making a collage, or keeping it simple, it all boils down to your personal style.
The most basic thing to remember, is to select the kitchen top before selecting the backsplash. Since that requires a greater investment, it is but wise to ponder over the material for kitchen top.
Pebbles..!! Oh Pebbles can be adored by anyone, as it has the attracting feature. You can beautify your kitchen by giving it a rough look using this pebble design kitchen backsplashes. If you are pretty interested, you can do it yourself by gaining a little knowledge of installation.
But what is important is to keep things clean. Indian kitchens are bound to absorb that deep yellow tinge of turmeric, or the tint from the gravy, or there could just be the splatters of mustard seeds sticking to the backsplash. Do not let such petty thieves steal away the show.
You could go in for removable backsplashes, if you feel cleaning and polishing is not your cup of tea. ‘Splash Arts’, as they call themselves, are pre-fabricated. You just need to take them home, and fit them in. The world keeps changing, and so should you!