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Season 2011 Episode 09.27.11

Alternatives to Tile Backsplashes in a Kitchen

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A well detailed tile backsplash can add a nice finishing touch to the design of your kitchen. However, there is also no hard and fast rule that you have to use tile on your backsplash at all. In fact, we think there are three really good alternatives to consider. The first alternative is a window. There is nothing better than getting daylight across your kitchen workspace from a long slot window. If the view is less than desirable, then the glass can be obscured but the the effect will remain. The second alternative is more minimal. If you have a solid surface kitchen counter, run the same material up the wall as the backsplash. This will make the counter look like it is folding up the backsplash wall. The third option is back painted glass. This can provide a pop of color and the reflective surface of the glass can add a real crispness to the kitchen detailing. With options two and three, if the backsplash is more than a single piece of material, just make sure that you pay extra attention to where you place the seams so they make sense with the overall design.moreless

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