Choosing a ceramic kitchen backsplash can be one of the more enjoyable tasks of creating a new kitchen or renovating an old one. Many, if not most homeowners choose a ceramic backsplash because it is both beautiful and versatile. Made of clay that is fired in a kiln at high temperatures, the tiles of these types of backsplashes are waterproof, very tough, durable and easy to clean. They also come in hosts of colors, patterns and textures that are bound to complement even the most far-out kitchen decor. Because the colors are baked in, they won’t fade even in strong sunlight.
Should the Backsplash Go with the Countertop?
Some home decorating experts recommend that the homeowner match the backsplash to the countertop. This is simply because the countertop takes up much more space than the backsplash in most kitchens. Indeed, some homeowners base the entire look of their kitchen on their countertop, whether it is made of black granite, white marble, soap stone, travertine or tile.
Simple or Extravagant?
The original purpose of a backsplash is to protect the wall behind the counter, the sink or the stove. Because of this, some homeowners seek tile that is simple, such as subway tile made in one color. Other people want their backsplash to be an important part of the kitchen’s look, so they choose tile with patterns such as flowers, diamonds, chevrons, quatrefoils and others. These patterns can be inspired by other areas of the kitchen, such as the floor tile, a pattern on a floor mat or kitchen chair cushion. Even the look of the burners on the stovetop can influence the look of the backsplash.
The one thing interior decorators warn against is for the counters and the backsplash not to clash. If one is busy, the other should be relatively simple. One tip is to take a sample of the countertop, and show it to a professional tiler. They can help the homeowner find the best ceramic tile backsplash to complement it.