DO’S & DONT’S for kitchen backsplash: Design Lesson 11
DO’S & DONT’S for kitchen backsplash: Design Lesson 11

Hi everyone welcome to another design
lesson video. In each video I’m going to review some key design principles that
you should keep in mind when you’re thinking about renovating or decorating
your space. So if you have a design dilemma and need some answers feel free
to comment in the section below with your questions or you can tweet me your
questions on twitter at designchickee. Your dilemma could become one of these
design lesson videos right here. In the meantime let’s get to today’s topic. One
of the most difficult choices when you design your kitchen is your choice of
backsplash. The kitchen backsplash is a material finish that transitions from
countertop along the wall up to the upper cabinets and should help you in
keeping your kitchen clean and practical. But it also provides an aesthetic
backdrop for the overall look of your kitchen. There are endless types of tile
from stone to glass to metal and clay and that’s not all of course. The
patterns color and layout all make for a variety of looks to choose from. I
believe all aspects of your kitchen should work together as a whole and the
backsplash is an integral part of that composition. So I’m going to take you
through my thoughts on kitchen backsplash ideas and all the do’s and
don’ts from an interior design perspective. One of my favorite design looks for a
kitchen backsplash is the stone slab idea. Instead of using individual tiles
arranged in a pattern you can install large pieces of stone slabs that cover
one end of your backsplash to the other. This look is all about the beauty of the
stone and its veining In most cases it’s the same stone that’s used on the
countertop so there’s a seamlessness to the kitchen. No grout lines, no intricate
patterns, just one large surface area of stone. It’s perfect in contemporary
kitchens where cabinetry is simple and the details are minimal. They all work
together to make that strong statement. So if you want a minimal contemporary
kitchen, do consider a stone slab for your backsplash. Another great option to
consider is making your backsplash a special feature in your kitchen. As in
our previous examples this can be done with one large slab like this. See how
the veining in this marble is so eye-catching
even though it’s just one piece of stone. The colors and variations in the veins
really make this portion of the kitchen a focal point. You almost don’t even
notice the shelving in front of it! With a special feature in your backsplash you
need to balance the look of that feature with other elements in your kitchen like
upper cabinets open shelving windows etc I love the look of this deep green tile.
It’s a real showstopper and I love that it’s mixed with open shelves instead of
heavy closed cabinetry. When you have a bold backsplash, open floating shelves is
the right thing to do. You may not want to do a special feature in your whole
kitchen. In fact it’s a great way to bring attention to an area that is
separate from the kitchen like a pantry or a bar area. A bold color for your kitchen backsplash
is another great way to make a statement or make it a special feature but I’m
here to warn you, you better really love that color because it can become a very
dominant feature in your kitchen. Let’s look at the colore turquoise for
example. Here we see a beautiful bold turquoise glass tile. When you choose a tile like this for your kitchen, it’s important to keep in
mind not just the colors of your kitchen but also the overall shape of your
kitchen backsplash. See how the backsplash in this kitchen really stands
out? I think it really separates the kitchen from the backsplash.That color
is so strong and the shape it creates on that back wall is so prominent, the rest
of the kitchen is secondary to the backsplash. Don’t make the backsplash the
only thing that stands out in your kitchen.
Remember, all aspects of your kitchen need to work together. If you love a deep
dark turquoise tile consider the rest of the kitchen and how it holds everything
together like this. See how there’s a mix of open shelving and closed cabinetry
throughout the whole kitchen and the backsplash helps keep all those elements
together? It’s a backdrop for the whole kitchen
and much more successful if you want a bold color in your kitchen. Again with a
bold backsplash those elements become key to how the whole kitchen holds
together. Of course, there are other ways to introduce color into your kitchen. You
may want to consider accessories that are easily changed after a few years as
you may get tired of that color. You can use lighting, accessories and other
furniture to make those the color statement in your kitchen. Another option to consider is pattern.
This can be accomplished with a mosaic tile or small individual tiles in a
specific pattern like a brick pattern or a herringbone. In this look the most
successful backslashes are those that bridge the gap between countertops and
the upper cabinetry. They’re not a focal point but blend into the kitchen while
still enhancing the overall look and feel of the kitchen. Here we see that the
backsplash ends in line with the top of the upper cabinets. A great place to stop
the backsplash when keeping within a tight budget and when you have all that
wall space above the cabinets. Another great example of this is here. The brick
pattern tile continues from one wall under the upper cabinets and extends to
the adjacent wall, full height to the ceiling and around the windows and
floating shelves but stops at the edge of the countertop. Again the kitchen is contained in all aspects of the kitchen work together. So
there you have it… Selecting a backsplash is more than just
picking a tile that you love. You need to consider how strong it will look in your
kitchen and whether it works with all the other elements of your kitchen. Do
you want it to stand out? What shape will that look like? What color will that be? How can you create the perfect backdrop to the other elements like cabinetry,
countertops, range hoods, windows, open shelving and wall space? A beautiful
kitchen is the sum of all its parts! Thanks for watching my video! If you
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any design questions let me know and it could be the topic of our next video. Plus if you have any other ideas for kitchen backslashes let me know in the
comments section below I’d love to hear your thoughts. Again thanks for watching
this design lesson video and I’ll see you next time. you

27 thoughts on “DO’S & DONT’S for kitchen backsplash: Design Lesson 11”

  1. Victoria Bennett says:

    Great video!

  2. mary hershelman says:

    Was thinking of back painting glass for a backsplash….to make it extra glossy but not tile. I am looking for a non white kitchen….just for me. Is there a computer program or an app that can let me see what my existing kitchen (a 1955 GE Steel) would be with different colors. Right now it is pink….love it but want a change. I refinished it in 2001 using Rustoleum….has held up well. But can afford to have it done professionally this time.

  3. Julie Anderson says:

    I'll take one of each!

  4. Svietka סביטקה ריביליס says:

    omg–with annoying music in the background couldnt watch past first 3min

  5. merry hunt says:

    I love color, but I believe that even I would get tired of that intense turquoise rather soon. I don't believe it's a good choice.

  6. Jason Bowman says:

    I removed a wall in my kitchen separating my basement steps and I planned to put a counter in its place. if I added cabinets with a countertop I would not be able to extend the trim for the kitchen doorway to the floor. Any suggestions? And if I do it on one side I would probably do it on the other as well.

  7. Celeste Inman says:

    I so wish that I could have Olga come to my very old farmhouse built in, 1810 to redo my kitchen. Especially kitchen the cabinets

  8. Celeste Inman says:

    My computer wouldn't let me finish. lol. I have an overhang where I cant hang standard size cabinets. Above I also have an old wooden door with a room where I believe perhaps a stable boy may have had to sleep. This is an old farmhouse, which at one time the original owner's horses.

  9. DORCAS OWENS says:

    You need a designer to pick your glasses style. Your frames are all wrong for your face.

  10. Kismet Massey says:

    Thank you 😊

  11. Chris P. says:

    I'm trying to re-do my fireplace to bring it from traditional/colonial to mid-century modern. I need suggestions for tile and mantle. The wall is 6' w X 8" tall. Would love to see some ideas!

  12. Donna Allgaier-Lamberti says:

    How long might we expect shiplap wood used as a backsplash?

  13. Sandra Sweeney says:

    This is a very instructive and interesting lesson on backsplash options. Thank you. Any ideas on vinyl? I rent a mobile home and need to keep any backsplash I install lightweight, simple, and neutral.

  14. Theresa DiPiero says:

    I have a granite counter top that is very busy which I love but I'm have a hard time finding a backsplash that doesn't compete

  15. Gigi Reddick says:

    New subscriber to your channel. Great video and content. It gave me alot to think about and consider when picking a backsplash!! Keep up the great content!! Gigi 🙂😊

  16. Michelle Antoinette says:


  17. phyl Lalka says:

    do yourself a favor and watch this at 1.25 speed

  18. Connie Flagg says:

    Hello Design Chickee, I have a kitchen backsplash design question. I live in the cutest 576 sq ft condo. It’s got beautiful vaulted wood ceilings and the main room is the only room besides the bathroom & extra closet.
    My kitchen is 89” across and it’s on one wall. I’m designing it with a farmhouse theme with a few modern aspects. I intend to get white shaker front wood cabinets, black textured granite and a small farmhouse sink. The Big Chill will release an under counter fridge with a freezer and if it’s right I’m going to purchase one in turquoise. I would like to blend all the colors together in the backsplash. So maybe white tile with a touch of turquoise & maybe black grout or some version of this. My question is since the backsplash is not very large is it best to stick with a small tile or a med-large one for the backsplash? I also intend to add a kitchen island that’s white with a butcher block top. An island that’s movable not stationary but not the full length of the kitchen and it will seat two.

  19. Eve Starling says:

    This would have been better without the annoying music

  20. Aurea Mould says:

    Thank you . Gives me ideas

  21. Lois Nemeth says:

    I am remodeling my kitchen I have a basket weave pattern picked out for backsplash and then topped with a 5/8 x 2 black tile. I want to paint about 15- 20 of the small tile a yellow-gold color what kind of paint should I use to paint and gloss…thank you.

  22. Guddy Thind says:

    Kitchen cabinets

  23. Alexandra Tsinouka says:

    Hi totally agree with all you said was wondering would you like to help me out on what colour I should choose for my kitchen island to be sure I was thinking of white

  24. Natalie Privitera says:

    What color would you paint wood paneling that's in the family room? I like to keep the ceiling beams the beautiful brown color (in contrast w the ceiling white)…but I want to brighten the room up. The room currently has carpet

  25. Marian LaBounty says:

    Great points! Tying everything together is the biggest challenge. I plan to paint cute birdhouses and butterflies on upper cabinets in my 1940 church turned country home. Bases will be forest green. Salvaging the clear fir floors we hope. Any ideas for backsplash that doesn't want to be a focal point??? Inexpensive and easy to clean is also important.

  26. Ola Lola says:

    Important question! Can you use large porcelain slabs that mimic marble for the backsplash???

  27. Patrick Archuleta says:

    You are smart and beautiful. 👍 job

  28. Ruth Ponce says:

    What color exact is the grey Island ?

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