If you’re at the point where you’re thinking about designs for the backsplash underneath the new range hood in your kitchen, then you’ve probably already figured out which range hood you are going to purchase and how it will fit in with the rest of your kitchen. The backsplash is one of the best opportunities in a kitchen design or remodel to exercise your creativity. The backsplash is a great space to create personalized accents and think of a design that will pop and compliment the rest of the kitchen.
There are literally endless possibilities for decorating a kitchen backsplash. Generally, the backsplash is covered in tile, glass or wood. You can save money by taking on a do-it-yourself project and tiling the backsplash yourself. There are numerous elements in play while designing your backsplash. You’re considering color, materials and how you want to place those materials. With tile, there are various common patterns that are used, including checkerboard, herring bone, neat columns or brickwork.
When working with tile, you have an amazing array of choices at your disposal. You can work with ceramic, glass, recycled glass, marble, stainless steel, copper tile and more. Recycled glass really creates a unique, one-of-a-kind look and the way light hits glass tile is eye-catching. Even affordable tile can be laid out in an interesting design to create a one-of-a-kind look. The idea is to choose colors that compliment or match the rest of the kitchen décor and make the backsplash an accent that pops out. A mixture of different materials will often create the most outstanding pieces.
Really individual and impressive backsplashes can be created with the use of tile mosaics or murals painted on tile. Alternatively, you can go for a much more simplistic and minimalistic look and attach a single sheet of glass, wood, stone or marble to the backsplash. Common stones used on backsplashes include limestone and sandstone. If you want to be really unique and do something that brings the whole room together, hang a piece of stone on the backsplash that matches your countertops. For a funky and creative choice, you can paint the backsplash (and various kitchen walls) with chalkboard paint. The wall is now a canvas for recipes, notes and family drawings.
Other features that will personalize and make a backsplash more useful include built-in shelves and water faucets. You can build your own shelves below or adjacent to the range hood on the backsplash. These shelves are convenient for holding spices, cook books, pots, flowers, decorative plates and dinnerware. Shelves can be attached to the wall and line up with the bottom of the range hood, or shelves that are built into the wall (underneath the range hood) create a cool effect and make use of space. A water faucet, attached to a folding arm that comes out of the backsplash, on the wall means you will never have to stand at the kitchen sink waiting for pots to fill ever again. This is also a great feature for people who cannot carry heavy pots of water from the sink to the range.
In the end, you may just decide to let the wall design from the rest of the kitchen continue along the backsplash. That’s okay too; it’s your kitchen and it’s really up to you.