Backsplashes help reduce damage to walls behind sinks but they also provide a chance to add a personal touch to your bathroom or powder room.
While some vanities come with countertops and backsplashes, buying one without them can actually be easier and offer more customization. You can get installation done locally. This provides a chance for you to look at slabs and samples before you choose one you love. In the case of natural stone, computer screens and online photos don’t show a true representation of the piece of stone you’ll actually get. You can also decide on a custom height and choose edge details if you visit a local showroom. If your vanity comes with a countertop but no backsplash, be sure to take pictures or a sample of your countertop when purchasing your backsplash so you can see them side-by-side.
When choosing a backsplash, think of them as artwork. Materials range from metallic tiles to frosted glass tiles, and there are more natural styles like river-rock tiles.
Shapes of tiles include options like traditional subway tiles (3″x6″), hexagonal and even circular.
Another choice for backsplashes is to continue your countertop. Because of the variations in natural stone, this option is best executed if you order with your countertop, to ensure that it matches well. If your countertop is a material other than natural stone, you are probably safe to order a backsplash to use with your existing countertop.
The standard height for a backsplash is usually 3-4 inches, but going with a higher backsplash will add elegance and a custom appearance. Consider using wall mounted fixtures with an extra high backsplash. Continuing the backsplash up the entire wall will add dramatic effect while doubling as a focal point.
Content provided by Julia Ritzenthaler