The kitchen backsplash is the focal point of the kitchen, offering visual appeal to complement and enhance the kitchen and surrounding rooms. A carefully selected backsplash can make a modest home look classy and elegant. Therefore, when choosing an appropriate kitchen backsplash it should blend and complement your countertop, cabinetry and other decorating designs. Glass is a beautiful choice for a backsplash application whether you select colored glass panels or glass wall tiles. For instance, if you want to create a particular color scheme or theme in your kitchen, you can use different colors and shapes of glass. While glass tiles have been a popular kitchen backsplash material for years, a new option has garnered rave reviews from designers and homeowners alike: solid sheets of glass. These solid sheets are custom-made for each project, guaranteeing a perfect fit.
Glass backsplashes have varied application options in transitional and particularly contemporary kitchens because they offer a sleek backdrop, working especially well in contrast to stainless steel. When designing your backsplash you can easily mix and match different colors, styles and shading options to match your current decor. For example, colored glass paint can be fused in between two small layers of glass measuring 12 mm in thickness for a truly customized look. Other glass backsplash options can include back painting and frosted applications.
If you are looking to elevate your kitchen backsplash design and give it that out of the ordinary look and feel, add a dramatic texture to the glass and LED lighting. LED lighting is offered in a variety of hues of warm, cool, natural and colored lighting.
Glass backsplashes are the ideal choice for many reasons. Glass is naturally anti-bacterial, non-porous and hygienic, and can be made from recycled glass. It is also impossible to stain and moisture-resistant with clean up being a snap with common household cleaners such as a mild hand soap. Glass backsplashes can be manufactured in a similar process as thermo-fused glass countertops. A unique heating and cooling process helps to restructure the molecules, and improves scratching and heat resistance, as well as structural strength, becoming much stronger than products currently available on the market today. Backsplashes can protect less durable wall materials such as antique bricks, vintage wood or delicate wallpaper, and can come in different shading options, from clear to translucent to opaque.
Installing glass backsplashes can be quick and easy. The panels can be glued to the wall or mounted with brackets. With clear and translucent panels, it is important to make sure that any unsightly debris is removed and will not be able to find its way in between the glass and the wall.
A glass backsplash can be the one of the easiest ways to update your kitchen and can play an important role since it can enhance the theme of the room, and will protect your walls from splashing water and spattering oil. It can truly be a unique solution and a work of art with a defined and personalized component in the most visited room of the home.
By Paulla Schemm, as published in Michigan Home & Lifestyle, September 2011