Countertops That Keep Going
The simplest iteration of the solid surface backsplash is to just continue your countertop material all the way up the wall. At the moment, we often see this style used with granite or quartz countertops, which can be quite dramatic depending on the size of the area you’re covering and the natural pattern of the material used. For a stainless steel stove with a hood system, a stainless backsplash can easily become the centerpiece of the room. This style works best with light-colored quartz or granite, as a dark material can make your room feel smaller when covers the entire wall.
A Bit of Contrast
Another option is to use a material that’s drastically different from your counter material to create some contrast and visual interest. For ultra-modern kitchens, a light-colored marble countertop can find a perfect textural complement in white subway tiles. Or, if you feel your kitchen is too monochromatic, a granite or ceramic tile backsplash can add visual interest with dark cabinets, try a light-colored counter and backsplash or offset white or steel appliances with a bold, dark backsplash.
Of course, the most important function of a backsplash is to protect your kitchen walls from water damage and food splatter. Keep in mind when selecting backsplash materials, that some are easier to clean than others. Tile and marble will take more work than granite, soapstone or quartz. If you’re interested in a minimalist look and easy cleanup, a smooth, seamless surface like granite is probably best. For a lower-cost option, you might consider choosing from the range of laminate materials available at most hardware stores. Some designers opt for other surfaces like tile or even wood; in these cases, you might love the look but you should be prepared to spend a little more time cleaning.
The solid surface backsplash is a relative newcomer to the kitchen design world but we think it’s a trend that will stand the test of time. Not only can it take a dead wall space and turn it into the focal point of the room, it also protects your walls and makes for easy cleanup. If you’re interested in a solid surface backsplash for your kitchen, you’ll want to speak with Sean Lewis, the Lead Designer at Airy Kitchens. All you have to do is call (215) 853-6060, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website and fill out the online contact form to schedule your free consultation today!