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.
There are many things that are essential to any kitchen for practical reasons as much as anything else. The kitchen backsplash, for example, not only adds to the decor and appearance of your kitchen but is also used to protect your walls from accidents such as water splashes or splashing from things such as oil. We use a lot of liquid in the kitchen, from water and cooking oil to opening bottles of wine or pop, and it is all too easy for accidents to happen and for liquid to be splashed up the walls. The backsplash is able to protect your walls from this sort of damage, as any spills and splashes can be easily wiped away.
A kitchen backsplash doesn't get the same kind of wear-and-tear that a mudroom floor, for example, gets every day. Backsplash tiles don't need to be as durable as many others. You won't have to limit your choices to the toughest and most durable tiles on the market. Feel free to experiment with materials and colors that you've never considered before. Don't be afraid to try art tiles and handmade tiles, if you see some that you like. A really wide range of tiles can be used for backsplashes!
Mosaics and murals in kitchen look good when teamed with countertops of subtle pattern and color. Good backsplash color complements cabinets as well as the countertops. You can even highlight them with lights. Dimmer switches with low voltage lighting work excellent.
Subtle gold, light browns, beiges and creams go best with contemporary look. Another method is to opt for Mediterranean look through extensive use of hand-painted and bold tiles. Seaside colors such as greens and blues with jewel tone accents work best.
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