Since it often goes unnoticed, few truly realize how important a kitchen backsplash is to their homes. Indeed, despite its unremarkable appearance, the kitchen backsplash plays a pivotal role in protecting your home from water damage, and in giving your kitchen that beautiful finishing touch. This articles is about these silent household heroes, and hopefully, we will be able to help you discover the kitchen backsplash that will make the perfect new addition to your home.
What is a kitchen backsplash?
If you don’t know what a backsplash is, that’s ok! As we mentioned earlier, the backsplash often has a fairly modest appearance, which makes it easy to miss in the kitchen. The backsplash is a vertical panel that is often found either behind the sink or behind the stoves, and its role is to protect your kitchen wall from splashes of water or food. Since thee splashes often happen while cooking, the heat of the moisture, coupled with the humid Singapore weather, can do some severe damage to the kitchen wall. All these factors make a backsplash a necessity for any Singaporean kitchen.
Styling tips for backsplashes
Today, we are far from being limited by the quantity of options available to us, and at this point, many of you may be wondering, “How do I choose a backsplash?” Of course, it may not surprise you to know that there is no fixed answer to this question; each and every backsplash must be tailored to the overall style of the kitchen itself. That said, we will look at some examples of the different types of backsplashes out there, and discuss which situations would call for specific types of backsplashes.
Which is the best? Would this material fit the style of the kitchen? The main question that confounds most home-buyers relates to the material of the backsplash. Kitchen backsplashes come in many styles and materials, including metal, quartz, laminates, tiles, tempered glass, stone, wood, and brick. Each of these options have their own unique pros and cons, and each of them hold a unique style factor for your kitchen.
A brick backsplash, for instance, is the perfect finishing touch for a rustic kitchen. In addition to being one of the most strong and durable materials for a backsplash, the uneven texture of the exposed adds character and a sense of history to the kitchen, giving it a charming, old-timey feel.
On the other hand, if you are after a modern look for your kitchen, other materials such as tile and laminate would make an obvious choice. The sleek surface of both materials would give your kitchen a seamless finish. In addition to this, the grey tone gives the kitchen an industrial look that exudes an aura of culinary professionalism.
Another concept we can glean from the pictures above is that colour matters! As we can see, the colour of the backsplash itself can also be a powerful style choice, and finding the right colour for your kitchen backsplash can truly tie its look together.
Consider the dark theme of the above kitchen, for example. The middle shade of the backsplash perfectly complements the dark colour of the cupboards, yet without darkening the white countertops. Coupled with the closely set grout lines and the glossy finish, the kitchen backsplash provides a shimmering backdrop to the kitchen, giving it an air of luxury and elegance.
As you can see, the light colour of the backsplash in this kitchen gives a completely different effect. Here, the light theme of the kitchen makes it appear airier and more playful. The reflective white backsplash also has a widening effect on the room, making it appear cleaner and more spacious.
While this is often neglected, the height of the backsplash can also contribute to your kitchen’s overall look. Extending the backsplash all the way to the ceiling, as is often seen with brick backsplashes, can also give your kitchen a lengthening effect.
The more commonly seen style, however, is that which extends only as high as the kitchen cabinets. In addition to optimising the space available in the kitchen, the partial backsplash often makes your kitchen appear neater and more organised.