Before designing a kitchen backsplash, keep the overall theme in mind. For instance, contemporary kitchen with old world backsplash would give an odd look. Ensure you seal all stone surfaces with sealers. This would ease the pressure of maintaining them.
The most popular natural stone tiles are marble and granite. Of the natural stones marble captures more detail than granite and since it is a softer stone it is good for applications like kitchen backsplashes.
Traditional backsplashes use marbles, chipped tiles in earth colors, wood and other materials that would place the "classic look" into your kitchen. These are the homey backsplashes that make you feel that you are comfortable in your own kitchen.
Backsplashes are the most exposed place in your kitchen, in danger of getting dirty from all the food stains from all the kitchen activities. Sometimes, you just get discouraged when you see the stains and the thought of having to clean them all up. You sometimes forget to clean them thus adding to more buildup, and, before you know it, your backsplash is the ugliest spot in the kitchen.
Another idea to protect your wall is to paint it. The use of paint as kitchen backsplash is the most inexpensive and requires less effort. You can choose a color that is contrasting to the rest of the walls in the kitchen or a bold color to give emphasis. Do not worry on staining the painted wall because there are paints that are specially made for the kitchen. Choose a semi-gloss paint that is resistant to food residue.
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