{B is for Backsplash}

Today’s lesson is on a very important staple in the kitchen. It often is overlooked and deemed unimportant, however to us, its role is critical.

Not only does the backsplash (or splashback as some may call it) have a major role in the kitchen practically, but it serves as a focal point in most as well.

focal point

noun

1.Also called principal focus.

2. the point at which all elements or aspects converge; center of activity or attention: The focal point of our discussion was the need for action.
3.the central or principal point of focus.
 
There you have it. When it comes to the role of being “focal point”, all design aspects stem from that point. This IS important.
 
Now that we have that covered, what is a backsplash? A backsplash is the empty space in the kitchen that remains open (on the wall) beneath the upper cabinets and above the countertop on the lower cabinets. The reason it is called a backsplash is just that, its the back of the kitchen which accumulates the majority of splashing when cooking on the stove or cleaning in the sink occurs.
You of course have the option of leaving that open space empty, but it makes for a much tougher clean trying to get sauce off of painted walls rather then smooth tiles or glass. (From what we have experienced anyway)
 
I’m sure you have all seen the basic backsplashes out there. Subway tile, regular tile, etc. etc. However, you can also choose something a little more unique to liven up your cooking space. Here are a few examples that are exceptionally good for achieving that “focal point”:
ImageSide note: those tall cabinets doors in the photo above are to die for!!
 
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ImageThe picture above brings us to our next point! Bathrooms are another great place to have a backsplash (lots of splashing happens anywhere near a sink). It also will bring the value of your home up if you install a backsplash in these two places. The example above is very unique because they have done a scale pattern with the blue tiles, emulating sea creatures (like mermaids! yes, I know they are not real, but we can imagine). Take a look at some more backsplash examples that will surely catch your eye:
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And back to the kitchens!…
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A chalkboard backsplash! Sure this may not be an easy clean-up but what a unique and inexpensive way to add some custom creativity to the walls, and the best part- it washes off!
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A mural can also be a great backsplash as well. Just be careful that it has the proper seal on top or else whatever gets splashed onto it may be there longer than you wish.
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The marble backsplashes in the last two photos are gorgeous, and a beautiful way to tie your backsplash into your countertop as well. LOVE!
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A new take on the subway tile. Do it sideways!
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No room for that ugly fish tank? Make the tank your peaceful kitchen background!
SO cool.
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I have to say, this was one of my favourite topics so far. There are just so many mediums, patterns and creativity you can put into your backsplash now.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!
Take care,
-OTED
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