Back splashes used to only be 4 inches high behind the sink and/or stove. There were originally used to help protect the areas from moisture and grease. As time went on, back splashes have become much more in the kitchen. Designers have gotten very creative in the back splash area. Some of the items used for back splashes are concrete, tile, natural stone, metals, glass, mosaics, and even ceramics. They can be used make interesting designs, personalized touches, and something that can suit your personality.
The first back splash we will look at is that of natural stone. There are lots of natural stone types to choose from. The nice thing about natural stone is that you can match your back splash to your counter tops. Different types of natural stone are granite, marble, and slate to name a few. Some of the pro points of using stone are that it fits with most kitchen styles. Natural stone is also tough and very durable. Another pro is that most natural stones are a variety of prices that can fit into most budgets. There are a couple of cons with natural stones. The first one is that it will need to be sealed regularly to help protect against stains from grease, food, and water. Also, stone tiles tend to trap dirt and grime.
Pebble tiles are considered a modern version of stone tiles. This choice has a very rustic feel to it and also provides a textured, three-dimensional effect. One of the large pros of pebble tiles would be that it is affordable. Another pro of pebble tile is that it is easy to install. This could be a large draw for the do-it-yourself at home crowd. There are a couple of cons for this type of back splash. One is that it is difficult to clean. The other is that if you are installing it yourself, the grouting and cleaning can become very tedious.