Can a Backsplash Add Value to Your Kitchen?
When choosing a kitchen backsplash it's easy to gravitate towards white subway tile because it is a simple, cohesive, and classic look that never goes out of style. This doesn't mean however, that you must only consider this type of design for a backsplash. In this article we explore various types of backsplashes that will not only give your house personality but will also increase the aesthetic value.
Mirror decor was a popular design choice in the 1980's but the aesthetic of multiple mirrored objects around the house gradually declined in popularity. In recent years, however, it has been making a strong comeback through kitchen backsplashes. This is because a mirrored backsplash makes the kitchen appear bigger, brightens it up and offers a variety of styles like the smoked mirror which casts a dark bronze or black cast and is shown in the image above.
Similar to a mirrored backsplash, glass tile makes the space feel larger, emits light around the room, is relatively easy to clean, and is durable. It also provides plenty of opportunities for expressing creativity since it allows you to mix and match tiles easily to create your desired look.
Unlike glass that requires minimal maintenance, wood needs to be protected with a coating of food-safe protective sealer regularly. In addition to regular maintenance, wood is also easily damaged by burns, susceptible to dents and spills, and prone to water damage. So while the wood has an intriguing aesthetic value, it's highly important to consider placement of this backsplash compared to others if you want it to remain in good shape.
While using brick for a backplash requires similar cleaning methods as other installation pieces, there is a perceived fear that brick is harder to clean and difficult to maintain. This makes it the least popular choice among individuals even though the brick facade offers a historic look and visually warms up the environment.
While a stainless steel backsplash tends to be more expensive than other methods, it adds a touch of modern urban chic, is easy to clean and maintain, and blends well with most colour schemes and design themes.