Kitchen Backsplash: Update Cooking Space

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Make a Splashy Statement in the Kitchen
A kitchen backsplash serves the primary purpose of protecting kitchen walls with a splatter-proof surface, but can also double as a design statement. Natural stone tiles make a great addition to any kitchen and come in numerous colours and types such as:
  • Marble
  • Limestone
  • Granite
  • Quartzite
Because the backsplash is not prone to excessive wear or moisture, even the most delicate stones can be installed without any issues. Stone can absorb heat without cracking or contracting. Ceramic tiles for example, can crack if constantly exposed to different temperatures and high heat. The interior walls of the kitchen will last longer and require less maintenance if they are covered in natural stone and will ward off grime and grease from cooking that often collects on the lower walls above the stove.
An Easy Way to Create a Fresh Look
Similar to how stone can be milled for custom countertops, stone can also be milled for backsplashes, with shapes and edge finishes fitted to compliment traditional or modern decor. Adding a stone backsplash to a kitchen is the perfect accent to the rest of the room because it can create a sharp colour contrast or create an entirely different tile pattern, depending on the desired appearance. It also creates a smooth and beautiful transition between stone surfaces and wood cabinetry to make the room more visually appealing.
Much like countertops, backsplashes offer a smooth and continuous surface that is extremely durable and easy to clean. Some style ideas for the kitchen backsplash are:
  • use tiles in varying colours to create a one-of-a-kind look;
  • create a railroad pattern using three different coloured tiles;
  • separate tiles in a mosaic pattern with a border or contrasting colour; and
  • choose from patterns like basket-weave, listello or herringbone.
It is important to choose a backsplash that matches the fixtures in the kitchen, but not appliances, since they will change over time and it is also worth considering installing under-cabinet lighting to show off the backsplash. Creating a stunning kitchen backsplash with natural stone tile is a simple way to make a big impact in a kitchen and give it a dash of personality. Since kitchen cabinets are typically simple and clean, the backsplash is the perfect spot to take some risks and add some flare.
Customize with Natural Stone
Natural stone lends warmth to the kitchen backsplash. Functional and elegant, a natural stone kitchen backsplash will complete the most used room in the house. Natural stone tiles aren't limited to the kitchen backsplash either, tiles can liven up the bathroom shower or create beautiful flooring anywhere in the house.
Holding up to the daily wear and tear of kitchen life, a natural stone backsplash will add a punch of colour to an otherwise straightforward room. Whether the intention is to change the look of the current backsplash or to add one altogether, this can be a quick and easy way to brighten up the room. Today's kitchen backsplashes are as decorative as they are functional and using natural stone will create a flawless high-end focal point.