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Monthly Pick – Kitchen Backsplash Trends 2017

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Whether you love it or hate it, having a backsplash lining the kitchen wall behind appliances, the stove, and the sink is absolutely necessary. Paint, even the high-gloss, easy-to-clean variety, will still require a whole lot more elbow grease to keep it looking its best. So, in preparation for 2017, we thought we’d take a look into the future at some of the best kitchen backsplash trends.

Go all the way up. Most backsplashes go as high as the bottom of the wall cabinets and the bottom of the range hood. This year, you’re going to see a lot more designers and renovators extending the backsplash all the way to the ceiling. It has the effect of making the wall seem taller and the kitchen bigger.

Gray looms large. 

shutterstock_529867228A stone gray backsplash is neutral so it will match easily with your existing cabinets, countertops, and furniture. If you’d like the gray to match your countertop, take one color that’s found in the countertop and find gray backsplash that replicates it.

Faux is back.

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How do you feel about faux? In 2017, look for wallpaper decked out (as in the picture above) with the brick wall look. It certainly has its upside, right? You don’t have to worry about all that dust that inconveniently attaches itself to real brick. You won’t need to worry about bits of mortar or brick potentially drying out and breaking off onto your clean countertops.

What do you think about this trend toward the faux?

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

A kitchen backsplash is almost a must these days. It adds color and personality to the contemporary kitchen and gives it a more edgy and upfront design. The color, material and location of your kitchen backsplash are all variables that depend on your specific kitchen layout and design. Do you want to make a bold statement with your backsplash? Or do you want something a little more conventional that makes your range hood seem to pop out from the wall and accentuate the stove and oven area? There are many different ways to do a kitchen backsplash and today we want to discuss some of those options, as well as what options may be right for you depending on your kitchen’s design and layout.

Backsplash Location
The backsplash location can really be anywhere you choose, but typically the backsplash lies against the wall above the counter and stove and goes up to beneath the range hood and higher cabinets. Sometimes, however, the backsplash can surround the kitchen or range from one end to the other and cross above the sink and other kitchen appliances.  Where your backsplash is located, and how far you want it to go is really up to you and depends on the structure of your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen or a kitchen with a big island center that includes a range hood, you may not have as much opportunity for a backsplash as other kitchens.

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Backsplash Colors
The backsplash colors are also up to your discretion, but they may be limited based on the type of material you choose for your backsplash (which we will discuss in the next section). Many people choose to go with a backsplash that will complement and accentuate there standing design and color themes, but others choose to use their backsplash as a way to make a bold statement. The choice is up to you, but we encourage you to think about the kind of tone you’re trying to set with your kitchen and what kind of statement you’d like to the design to make about you and your home.

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Backsplash Materials
Kitchen backsplash materials come in all shapes and sizes. Just a few of the very common materials used include glass, metal, wood, natural stone, mirrors, and brick; however, the most popular option for a kitchen backsplash, by far, remains tile. Tile has been a longstanding trend when it comes to the kitchen backsplash, and it continues to rule this realm of the kitchen. Think about what you would like to see in your kitchen day after day and what is going to stand the test of time. Styles change frequently, but some of the best designs stay popular. Also, think about the kind of work you’ll be doing in your kitchen and consider the materials that will be most suitable for this work. If you do a lot of cooking and use the counters, marble and mirror materials might become a cleaning and maintenance nightmare after time. On the other hand, wood may not stand the test of time and other materials have their faults, as well. Aside from testing the suitability of different materials, you may want to take samples and test them against your current design to get a real picture for ideal suitability.

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These are just a few of the most important things to consider when thinking about adding a backsplash to your kitchen design. Are you a fan of the kitchen backsplash? Do you have a backsplash in your kitchen or have you considered installing one before? What kind of things do you think need to be considered when choosing a backsplash design? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you.

Winter is Coming

Right now, during the warm summer months, you’re probably thinking about every way you can keep your kitchen cool. However, you may also want to consider how to update your kitchen before winter arrives. The summer season is an excellent time to gear up for winter and get your home ready for those chilly days before they happen.

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It’s also a convenient time for home improvement projects in the kitchen, because you can still grill outside temporarily if you cannot use your kitchen appliances. Cook your food outdoors in the fresh air, so you don’t have to worry about having to cook all of your meals in the microwave or the toaster oven. This is especially helpful if you are feeding multiple members of your family at once.

The following are some home improvement projects to consider starting before winter comes:

Heating Flooring – Heated flooring can be installed underneath any type of flooring in the home. Heated flooring is a perfect addition before the winter months so you can walk around in your kitchen and feel less cold. Be more comfortable in your kitchen next winter with a new heated flooring system.

Update the Backsplash – Take the time this summer to improve your kitchen backsplash. Tile Talks recently published Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash. You can reference their post for more ideas for tile designs and updating your backsplash.

Photo Credit: http://www.aventetiletalk.com/2015/07/tile-tips-for-eye-catching-backsplash.html

Go Bigger – Do some construction to create a bigger kitchen for you and your family. One of the biggest complaints homeowners and renters have about their kitchens is the lack of space. More space will provide additional storage, workspace and space for family to sit and eat together.

Add a Range Hood – Do you have proper indoor air ventilation in your kitchen? If not, you can purchase a kitchen range hood to install during your summer home remodeling projects. The range hood will ventilate grease, smoke, odors and heat from the kitchen to make cooking more convenient and cleaner.

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Cavaliere B02CL-30″ Wall Mount Range Hood

Other ideas to consider for installation during the summer include:

-A fireplace near the kitchen to keep people warm and comfortable while they are eating together.

-Purchase and install a larger freezer to store food in before winter hits. Buying and freezing food in bulk also helps save money on groceries.

-Install a pot rack in your kitchen. You can store pots and pans on it and free up space in your kitchen cabinets.

-Repaint your kitchen before the holidays and impress your friends and family with the fresh coat of paint on the walls.

-Replace any large kitchen appliances that may need updating while you are already making improvements and cooking outside.

If you’d like to improve your kitchen before winter comes, feel free to call Range Hoods Inc at 1-800-914-9775. We are available seven days a week to discuss stainless steel kitchen range hood sand your home improvement needs.

Upcycled Kitchen Backsplashes

Are you in the middle of upgrading your kitchen? Perhaps it’s time for a new look for that kitchen backsplash. This can be especially true if you’ve just moved into a new home and you want to make the kitchen feel personal and make it feel like your own. A great way to update your kitchen backsplash would be to upcycle one. Before you get started, you may want to check out our recent blog post Making an Old Kitchen Look New.

What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is using something that otherwise would be thrown away. Upcycling can be a fun and crafty way of repurposing objects you already have in your home or at your disposal.

What is a Kitchen Backsplash?

A kitchen backsplash is the space on the wall above the kitchen counter. The backsplash is commonly constructed out of the same material as the kitchen counters. Popular backsplash materials include marble, stainless steel, tile and tile mosaics. Note that the portion of the backsplash above the range can become a big focal point in the kitchen design. Do not neglect the chance to personalize this part of your kitchen!

Reasons to Install an Upcycled Backsplash

Upcycling a backsplash is a great and fun way to save money while remodeling your kitchen. Upcycling involves recycling everyday items into unique and personal projects. An upcycled backsplash will be more personal and will give your kitchen a distinct look that you won’t see anywhere else. If you’re an experienced DIYer, then upcycling a backsplash is the right project for you.

Ways to Upcycle a Backsplash

The possibilities are really endless when it comes to choices for upcycling a kitchen backsplash. The following are some trending ideas for upcycled backsplashes in kitchen design:

Place Mats

This upcycling project by Lilybee on Curbly is the perfect project to spruce up a rental kitchen. Lilybee put this together with placemats she found at the dollar store and some thumb tacks. She lined up the placemats in a repeating pattern she was happy with and tacked them up. This is faster than installing tile, it’s less messy than tiling and it’s unbelievable how little this project costs. Plus, the placemats can be taken down and washed by hand.

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http://www.curbly.com/users/lilybee/posts/7875-the-dollar-store-rental-kitchen-makeover-again

Bottle Caps

Are you a lover of craft beer and/or vintage soda? You can show off your bottle cap collection with a special backsplash project. Once you have enough bottle caps to create an entire backsplash, cover the backsplash in tile mastic. Place bottle caps on the backsplash in the pattern of your choosing. After it dries, grout the backsplash the same way you would if you were tiling it. This backsplash is now a personal mosaic of your favorite drinks.

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Pennies

Pennies may not be what first comes to mind when you’re redoing your backsplash, but they do create an amazing effect when placed into a pattern on the wall. It will take about 6,000 pennies to cover the average kitchen backsplash. The light reflects off of the pennies and creates a lovely, copper glow. You can also arrange the pennies in different patterns to create different aesthetics.

First, shine the pennies with tarnish remover. Rinse them and allow them to dry. Purchase clear mosaic mounting sheets sized to your backsplash. Arrange the pennies on the mounting sheet. Lay tile mastic on the backsplash and apply the mounting sheets. Remove the sheets and grout the pennies after the mastic dries. Wipe off any extra grout and shine the pennies. Seal the backsplash, and enjoy the new addition to your kitchen décor.

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http://www.amazinginteriordesign.com/diy-penny-back-splash/

 

Maps

You can repurpose some maps or some vintage posters with this backsplash project from the DIY Network. This project is actually a lot easier than it looks. You will first create a template of your backsplash using paper and luan panel. The maps are cut to fit the luan panel with one extra inch around and are mounted with spray glue. The luan panel is placed on the backsplash and secured with drywall screws. Make sure the drywall screws are attached to studs in the wall. You will now have a fun and unique kitchen backsplash. Perhaps it will inspire you to travel and think of far off destinations as you prepare your meals at home.

You could repurpose this DIY project to create a backsplash with a decoupage design or create a collage out of comic book covers, gift cards, movie posters, vintage wine labels or whatever your heart desires.

http://www.diynetwork.com/kitchen/budget-backsplash-project-global-style-maps/index.html

Reclaimed wood

Repurpose wood to give it new life and to make your kitchen look fabulous. Dana and Ryan of the blog Circa Dee created a beautiful, rustic backsplash out of old shipping pallet wood. To create this kitchen backsplash look, they took apart the pallet and cut it into 18 inch pieces. Dana then washed the wood, and Ryan secured it to the backsplash using liquid nails. They made sure to place the wood pieces into a pleasing pattern by alternating the light and dark pieces across the backsplash. Dana and Ryan obtained this pallet wood for free! If you try this project, just be sure to choose wood that has been treated to keep your kitchen a safe place, especially if food may be touching it while you are cooking. You can also treat and seal the wood if you do a lot of frying in your kitchen.

http://circadee.com/2012/02/03/backsplash-follow-up-part-2-pallet-wood/

Wine Corks

The creation of the kitchen backsplash below was documented by Jill Fritz on the blog Create.Craft.Love. This is the perfect backsplash for DIYers and wine lovers. Jill estimates that 800 wine corks were used in this backsplash in her sister’s small kitchen. Her sister collected wine corks from family, friends and local restaurants. They also created a formula to estimate how many wine corks will be needed for your backsplash. Alternatively, you could just decorate the portion of your backsplash above the range with wine corks for a design focal point in your kitchen.

Jill’s family used a scroll saw to cut each wine cork in half. The wine corks were then placed in a basket weave pattern on top of a plywood template that was sized to the backsplash. Remember to leave holes for your kitchen outlets. They secured the wine corks using contact cement and hid the edges of the plywood by notching the wine corks on the border of the template. They also sealed the wine corks with a clear spray sealant. Lastly, they used caulk to make the wine cork backsplash water-tight.

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http://www.createcraftlove.com/2013/04/diy-wine-cork-backsplash.html

Other Ideas for Backsplashes

-Cover the backsplash in picture frames.

-Create a backsplash out of rocks and stones from your adventures and walks on the beach.

-Use mirrors to cover the backsplash in a fun, reflective surface.

-Place a family memento above the range on the backsplash.

-Update the look of your backsplash inexpensively by decorating the existing tile. You can paint the tile or buy tile decals for decorating it.

-Purchase removable wallpaper and cover your backsplash with it.

-Create a template and lay down some fabric for a fun backsplash design.

-Paint your backsplash with chalkboard paint.

-Mount a magnetic sheet of metal for a backsplash and you can post recipes and lists on the backsplash. You could even store magnetic bottles of spices or other kitchen equipment on your magnetic backsplash.

Upcycled backsplashes can be fun DIY projects that are inexpensive and result in a beautiful and personalized backsplash for your family to enjoy for years to come. If you have successfully upcycled your backsplash, please share your photos!

Backsplash Ideas for under the Range Hood

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.