There are many options to update your kitchen, some more simple than others. You can purchase new flooring or buy countertops. You can change out hardware on the cabinets or even paint the cabinets. New appliances will spruce up your kitchen. However, one of the simplest and most effective ways to update your kitchen is with a unique backsplash. It can add a pop of color, texture, interest and beauty to your home. Backsplashes can also be done without breaking the bank.

Backsplashes can actually be found in kitchen and bathrooms directly behind a sink stretching the entire length of the counter. The purpose of the backsplash is simple, protect the wall behind the sink against water splash. A backsplash is usually easier to clean and maintain than a painted wall. Any cook will tell you splatters happen, and a backsplash is an easy way to clean that splatter.

Choosing the material for your backsplash can be one of the best part of updating your kitchen. There are many choices in design and pattern and material so the options and designs are limitless. The beauty of installing a backsplash is it isn’t the whole wall but a small space. Since the backsplash is a limited space, it is much easier than updating the main wall or the tile floor but also allows for many possibilities. There are many options to incorporate color and texture and design and patterns. With it being a small space, it is less risky to go bold, bright and maybe even a bit daring.

If you are having a hard time deciding, backsplashes can be dictated by the countertop. Let the countertop color and style help with the design of the backsplash. If you want to be daring, you can add the tile in a diagonal to play up a pattern. Don’t be afraid to spice up a space within the backsplash with a smaller area say, 2 x 3 foot that later you can change out that one area without changing the whole backsplash.

Picking a backsplash is easy and allows for creativity. They add a gorgeous visual element to your kitchen or bath design. Also, the backsplash can add value to your home.

Depending on the look you want to achieve, there are different option in materials for backsplashes. Ceramic, glass and porcelain tiles has been the most common choice in the past due to the versatility, variety of shapes, colors and sizes. They are resistant to heat and moisture and are easy to clean due to the glossy surface. A more modern look is backsplash tiles glass that are larger glass pieces. This type of backslash is modern, streamlined and easy to clean. The larger tiles means less grout lines and reduces the possibility of staining in the grout.

There are natural stone options, wood option and even metal options. The possibilities are endless. If you think the kitchen or bathroom backsplash might refresh and renew your kitchen or bath, start exploring designs and patterns and materials and see how much of a chance a backsplash can make.