[Back•splash /’backsplaSH (noun) : a panel behind a sink or stove that protects the wall from splashes.]
While the definition seems more than a little utilitarian, today’s backsplashes are anything but. We recently discussed how you can give your kitchen a cosmetic makeover by painting your cabinets and adding new countertops, but what good makeover ends without the jewelry?
Enter backsplashes and hardware. Whether it be a classic traditional look or a healthy dose of modern bling, updating your backsplash and hardware selection is the perfect way to finalize that new look.
Current Trends and Style Options
Backsplash options today come in a seemingly limitless offering of choices. Porcelain, glass, metal, wood, quartz — you name it, it is probably a surface you can use for your backsplash. While its purpose is of a utilitarian nature, you can certainly still have fun with it.
Trending in backsplashes today are fun patterns utilizing geometric shapes and hand-painted tiles. Textures are also very popular, allowing you to add dimension to a space. This can be a great way to complement a granite or quartz countertop that has a lot of color variation.
Glass: Trendy Fad or Here to Stay?
While the glass fad question has been asked for the last five or six years, the material continues to be popular (albeit in different shapes and patterns than just the plain linear that were once seen in every new kitchen). Today you’re seeing many different variations of the classic subway tile shape, but with the addition of colors and textures to enhance the look.
Go Classic with Subway Tiles or Marble Slabs
Wanting a slightly more classic look? No problem, the previously mentioned subway tile is still the current king of backsplash tile choices. Whether it be your traditional 3 x 6 white porcelain tile for that classic look or one of the myriad of other options, such as painted brick, metal, or glass, subway is still a great choice. We are finding that more and more people are choosing different formats (3” x 12”, 6” x 8”, tiles with irregular or beveled edges, etc.) but it’s still the most popular choice among our clients. Another option for that classic look is the use of marble or marble-looking slab surfaces. The always popular Carrara marble is still a common backsplash option, but for those looking for a little less maintenance, a quartz look alike, such as Silestone’s Blanco Orion, is a great alternative.
Make Your Mark with New Hardware
What else can you do to add a little style to your kitchen? New door and drawer hardware offers the perfect method to add a bit of your personal style to a kitchen. More than ever, today’s hardware choices offer you unlimited variation in styles and looks.
When deciding to undertake a hardware change, you have a few considerations to address. First, and foremost, what size and type of hardware do you currently have? Knobs or pulls? Since knobs usually only require one hole, they’re the most versatile and easiest to change. With pulls, it gets a little trickier. Most hardware has “center to center” dimensions. To determine yours, measure the distance from the center of one screw to the center of the next. Unless you can find a new piece with a large enough footprint to conceal your current hole, you’ll need to maintain this spread with your new hardware. Second, what finish to pick? As a general rule, most people stick with the same finish as their faucets but this certainly isn’t mandatory. Remember, everyone has different tastes in jewelry so here’s your chance to go a little outside the box if you like.
Haile Kitchen & Bath
Today’s trend is for more simple designs, but there are clearly backsplash and hardware options to fit any taste. Whether you’re looking for a turnkey project from design through installation or just want to buy a few boxes of tile, we can help.
In regards to hardware, we offer a multitude of selections from today’s leading hardware manufacturers and have several hundred options to choose from in our showroom. Come see us today!
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