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The kitchen backsplash: now an important design element

Remember when not too long ago, the backsplash size was only about five or six inches placed behind the range or sink to catch grease splatters and splashes? At that time, it was considered purely functional, a way to make cleaning easier. Backsplashes still serve that purpose, but now, we recommend it a design tool to enhance cabinets, countertops, and flooring and create a stunning visual.

What is a "focal point"?

A focal point is a design that catches the eye and draws attention. While we often hear about "focal points" in the living room, whether they be artwork or furniture, they are now considered just as important for the kitchen. This room can no longer be regarded as a closed-in room used only for cooking.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and a place to entertain. It’s often the place where guests congregate to visit with the host, and we create some of our most cherished memories there. It’s the center of family activity to gather, talk, complete homework, and even play cards and other games. Since so much time is spent there, it needs to be aesthetically pleasing and have a personality as much as being functional.

How to create a focal point

Backsplashes now extend from floor to ceiling and wrap-around windows, open storage, and even countertops. You can create backsplashes from many materials, but stone and ceramic tiles are still the most popular, making the design options endless. Right now, the organic/rustic look is widespread, and we recommend the stacked stone backsplash, which is made of thin stone slabs. Stacked stone adds a unique touch because no two stones are ever alike. They can be three-dimensional or sleek with a rough texture and a ruggedness that can look like bricks.

We also love patterns, such as a diagonal herringbone stone, a chevron, or a graphic; plaques add character and tell a story. Others add touches like colorful grout or tumbled marble. You can combine various stones or mix them with tile to create interesting patterns, such as ginghams and tapestry.

Backsplashes are one of the best ways to update a tired kitchen or bath. Come into the Avalon Marble, showroom in Mandeville, LA for some inspiration and a free quote. We’ll get your creative juices running for your home in Picayune, MS, Mandeville, LA, Gulfport, MS, Gulf Coast, MS, Covington, LA, Lacombe, LA, Eden Isle, LA, Slidell, LA, South Shore, LA, or North Shore, LA.