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Speaking of Finishing Touches: Backsplash

Speaking of Finishing Touches: Backsplash

Homeowners today have no shortage of backsplash ideas from which to choose. The options are literally limitless. A trip through the world of Pinterest or any home improvement store will confirm this as fact. There’s a backsplash idea for every style from modern to rustic and every point between. Whether you’ve got a large budget or a small one, there is a backsplash option for you. Here we will highlight some of the more familiar options and how you can apply your own personal touch to them.


Paint likely isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a new backsplash for your kitchen, bath or bar, but paint can be a great choice for a variety of reasons. Paint colors are innumerable so it won’t be hard to find the perfect color to match your design. Because repainting is a relatively easy task to take on for most any homeowner, the color can be changed out as frequently as desired for a fresh, new look in any space. Paint is so versatile as well – it can be used to satisfy any design need whether it be a personalized mural unique to your space, a design that simulates tile, or a simple single-color wall, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to using paint as a backsplash material. Plus, the new and improved paint formulas available today provide a high-quality product that can stand up to scrubbing and splashing allowing it to last for years before it needs repainted. Just for fun, consider chalkboard paint for the perfect place to jot down notes to someone special or to serve as a canvas for your budding artist.

Ceramic Tile:

A ceramic tile backsplash can be as simple or elaborate as you wish to make it. Available in nearly every color imaginable and with a wide range of texture and shape options, ceramic tile is a great way to be trendy with a good quality product. The most common ceramic tile sizes are a 2 x 2 inch square or a 2 x 3 inch subway tile, but more unique sizes are also available such as hexagon, ogee and circles. Color and design options are nearly limitless with options including hand painted or stamped tiles. How the tiles are installed, however, is where you can make a big impact. Consider designing a mural with your ceramic tile for a one-of-a-kind twist or use a contrasting grout to bring attention to the simple beauty of your tiles.

Glass tile: 

Subway or mosaic, you can’t go wrong with glass tile. Glass is such a versatile medium that it is literally cut into every shape and available in every color imaginable. One of the more popular style options is the classic yet modern subway tile. A simple glass subway tile can be jazzed up by placing it with an unusual lay pattern such as a herringbone or basket-weave pattern. If subway tile isn’t your thing, mosaic tiles might be the way to go. There is a mosaic tile out there to satisfy every designer’s whim. Just like with ceramics, contrasting grout can make a world of difference in how a glass tile is presented. Did we fail to mentioned glitter grout? You read that right – grout with glitter. Major fun factor.


Stone also comes in a wide array of colors, shapes, and lay patterns. The most frequently seen materials include marble, granite, slate, limestone, travertine and onyx. The beauty of natural stone is tough to beat, especially if you desire a look of raw elegance and random distinction. Natural stone looks great in the most common brick lay patterns, but it can also be dressed up by laying in any of the various patterns we’ve already discussed. One additional option is to stack the stone to look like a natural stone wall as shown in the image at the top of the page. The beauty of a stone backsplash will wow you for many years to come.

Need help deciding which option is best for you?

With so many backsplash options available today, it can be difficult to decide which one to choose – not to mention nearly impossible to pick just one. Moose Ridge Design-Build Construction will be happy to help you decide which backsplash material and design is best suited for your project. Whether it be for a bath, bar or kitchen, give us a call today at 563-260-9282 to discuss your ideas.