The wall above and behind the kitchen countertop is a place that requires some attention. Moisture, stains from food and oils won’t let you have ordinary wallpaper as a backsplash material. Therefore, when choosing a material for finishing this “strategically important” surface, it is necessary to consider not only the aesthetic quality but also ease of cleaning, durability, and resistance to moisture and high temperatures.
Traditional ceramics are being increasingly replaced by glass, rocks and even wood.
Ceramic Tile Backsplash
Ceramic tiles are the most standard and traditional type of kitchen backsplash materials. No need to convince anyone of their advantages. Ceramics are resistant to moisture and most chemicals. They are easy to clean. For those who wish to limit the number of joints, large tile sizes are available. It’s better to seal tile joints with epoxy — it is waterproof and does not fade. When buying ceramic tiles, it is better to take more than you need (10% to 15% of the required amount). Part of it may be useful during the work as damage is possible during cutting and later when in service. So you will have something to replace damaged tiles with. See tips on how to choose kitchen tiles.
Milky white or colored glass will be perfect for a modern kitchen design. If you want to put some kind of a picture or photo on that wall, clear glass will be better, of course. There also remains the choice between tempered glass and laminated glass (triplex). Tempered glass features a greater resistance to mechanical damage; but when it breaks, it shatters into a multitude of tiny pieces. And triplex, when crashed, rests on a special film, so it’s less dangerous.
It is difficult to protect the wall behind the worktop against various contaminants so glass is perfect for that since it’s a material that you can clean easily. However, you can see even the smallest stains from dried water on it. And you shouldn’t forget about access holes such as ones for electric outlets. It would be better to hire a professional glazier to make those before installing the glass panels on the wall.
Natural Stone Backsplash
Stone backsplashes look very original. To prevent possible contamination, stones are treated in a special way. This procedure is required if you choose marble, limestone, sandstone, or travertine. Artificial stones are a good alternative, too. Ready-to-use sheets consist of a specially treated base which includes fiberglass mesh and epoxy resin. The top layer usually consists of slate or quartzite. This practical replacement of natural stone is also very strong and durable.
When choosing wood as a material for a backsplash, you should not only have aesthetic considerations but also mind characteristics of individual types of wood. Of the moderate-climate wood types, you can rely on ash and oak. They meet requirements for strength and moisture resistance. There is a wider choice among more exotic woods. These can be, for example cedar, Para nut, teak, iroko, merbau. Using the same type of wood for the countertop and for the backsplash wall above it would be an interesting design solution. It will give your kitchen work area a cozy atmosphere and uniqueness.
How to Choose Kitchen Wallpaper