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Ask a Designer: Backsplash Options


What are my backsplash options?

Gladys Schanstra:  We try to look at larger surfaces first which are obviously the floor, cabinets, countertops, and then see what matches or what looks good with it. Definitely take a look at style and color for the rest of the room, and then decide from the options. There's always tile, full height stone which could be granite, marble, any of the other stones that you can use or engineered stone. You can have glass. You could have metal, stainless steel. You can have murals painted. So it's not just how good it looks, you know, what are the functions? If you're cooking and some people say, well, I don't want to have to clean grout or worry about re-grouting in so many years, then you might want to consider something that's like glass or a full height granite, especially the cook top area. Sometimes we'll do two different things. You can do an accent piece on the cook top. Say, ok, if it's contemporary, I'll do stainless steel in this little portion, and do full height granite for the rest. Or you can have glass that has a specific design like foil which is actually like an art piece behind this, and it looks like a painting. Or you can have an artist paint something. We had somebody ask us one time to put a scene of their backyard with the dog in it as far as a backsplash on the tile. So that was really neat.