Back splashes in kitchens.

 

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Today many Clients are looking to upgrade what that currently have without starting all over from scratch.
One way that I have encouraged my clients to improve their current kitchens is putting in a “WOW” Factor back splash.
As you know years ago builders put kitchens in without all the extras…now a days it’s the cosmetic details that sale homes.
People are looking for the unexpected and are looking for the details that are pushing the window from basic to high end.
Granite is more common today in new kitchens but, Corian was used more in the early 90’s…so to go into many kitchens with Corian countertops it’s pretty boring and basic.
I find a great introduction of texture and materials adds style and wakes up the solid materials of Corian.
Today many homeowners use granite. Granite can be busy with motion and movement with the natural veining. I have found that simple subway tile with simple color pallets and simple design adds a finishing touch to the normal 3 1/2″ standard back splashes. Often I will leave this standard 3 1/2″ back splash off and allow the tile back splash to sit directly on the granite. It allows for a cleaner and even surface. Allowing the flow of the the materials to run evenly without a ledge to clean around.
It is easy to see how you can personalize one kitchen with the great resources out their to chose from and the skies the limit on the creative design choices…but, remember a little goes a long way.
I like the back splash to be a compliant to a great kitchen design not a distraction. It is easy to do too much so lay out your design ideas in pencil first and make sure it flows with your entire style.
Use materials that can be cleaned. There are great sealers and enhancers out there to protect yourself from staining.
Price shop the installation ahead of time…decorative back splashes can be time involved and can sometimes shock clients on the labor even if the total square footage is not that much.
Remember that if you are unsure of your design ideas …ask the experts!
They will tell you if it is too much!

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