Of course, no kitchen design is complete without a beautiful backsplash. Whether your kitchen features a Rustic or a sleek Contemporary design, there is a backsplash material that can best seamlessly complement your design. But perhaps, instead of the design aspect, you are wondering where you should start and end your backsplash. While installing a backsplash may sound simple, it is actually much more complex than it seems. Where you start and end your backsplash can also help you determine what product to choose.
Deciding where a backsplash starts and ends depends on a couple of factors. However, from a purely design perspective, you may never want a backsplash to end, especially if you have chosen a beautiful tile material that perfectly complements your kitchen design. In fact, installing wall-to-wall backsplash or across the span of the counter makes for a dramatic yet seamless look. However, most of the time, this is not an option. If that were the case, here are some backsplash rules that you might want to follow:
Rule No. One: Ending It Horizontally
Figuring out where to horizontally end your backsplash is simple. If your kitchen runs wall to wall, the backsplash ends at the ending of the wall. On the other hand, if the wall ends partway, stop the backsplash on the longer wall, where the upper and lower cabinetry end for a crisp look.
Rule No. Two: Size of the Kitchen
In a small kitchen, you will want to extend the backsplash across the entire kitchen wall. This look is ideal for apartments and galley-style kitchens. Extending the backsplash across the whole area provides a clean look, and it actually visually increases the size of the kitchen.
What about if you have a spacious kitchen? In a huge kitchen, especially ones with high ceilings, you should extend the backsplash to the upper kitchen cabinet. Ending the backsplash tiling vertically as it hits the upper kitchen cabinets.
Rule No. Three: Cabinet-Free Walls
In large kitchens with an L-or U-shaped countertop that is void of upper cabinetry, you can continue the backsplash across the entire wall, including the full of height. Or you can end the backsplash with a shelf at the top of the backsplash to provide storage.
Rule No. Four Elements at Various Heights
In a kitchen with elements at various heights, you should end the backsplash at the tip of the bottom upper cabinetry. Ending the tile at a window can look awkward.
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