There are a few major parts of your kitchen that take up most of the room’s real estate. These are the important parts that you really notice when you walk into the room, so they need to look good. There’s the floor, the cabinet doors, the kitchen countertops, and the walls. An important part of these walls is the backsplash. But what exactly is a backsplash and do you really need one?

What is a backsplash?

A backsplash is essentially an extension of your kitchen countertops covering the adjoining wall space, although it does not need to be the same material or design as the countertop itself. They are typically installed behind sinks in kitchens and bathrooms as well as behind the cooker or stovetop in the kitchen.

However, backsplashes can be used to cover larger portions of your kitchen walls and multiple walls. For example, some choose to have their backsplash localized to the area behind the stove whereas others have it stretching across the whole length of that wall.

Why do we need backsplashes?

The main purpose of backsplashes is to protect the wall behind them, preventing the paint or wallpaper from becoming stained and damaged. The wall space behind sinks can frequently get splashed with water and dish soaps, leaving behind water spots or weakening paint and wallpaper due to the moisture. Behind your stove, the walls may easily get splashed with cooking oil and sauce from the food you’re preparing.

But backsplashes don’t have to be purely functional; they can also be a big part of the style and aesthetics of your kitchen. While some people choose to match their backsplashes to their kitchen countertops, others use them as a chance to add an attractive feature wall to the room. This gives you a chance to be a bit bolder and more daring with your kitchen design without making the whole space too loud, visually.

Ceramic tiles, natural stone, and sheet glass are the most popular options when it comes to installing a backsplash. Granite and travertine are particularly good choices for your kitchen backsplashes, and they can be installed as either tiles or slabs. Stainless steel is another option, although this can give more of a commercial or industrial feel to the room.

Is it time to design a backsplash for your kitchen? We specialize in natural stone countertops and backsplashes to make your bathrooms and kitchens shine. Get in touch for our design services or for backsplash and countertop installation around Greensboro, Winston Salem, and High Point, NC.