Someone recently asked me, “How many topics are there to cover on backsplashes?” Well, Amy, this week we will wrap up our series on backsplashes. Over the past weeks we have discussed beadboard, brick, mirror, stone, glass and metal as possibilities for your backsplash. This week we will explore the newest trend, wallpaper. Who thought we would have ever seen the return of the dreaded wallpaper. It conjures up images of large flowers, mauve, stripes and grass cloth. All of the mess, the peeling, the unrepairable nicks. As many things in life do, wallpaper has come full circle.
Choose a unique pattern, bold design or contrasting colors for the most impact. As you may remember from the past wallpaper fiascos, the key to a good wallpaper finish is properly prepping the base surface. Talk with Ryan at Custom Color to assess your situation so they can recommend the best materials. For optimum durability, place tempered glass over top of your wallpaper to protect it from splashes, steam and nicks. If you choose not to use the tempered glass, beware that wallpaper is only a short term solution. Especially with its close proximity to steam and splashes it will not provide lasting durability.
I hope these weeks of discussion on backsplash materials have been helpful and inspiring. It is amazing what a small amount of tile or other material has on the overall look and feel of your kitchen. I hope that you too will see that it is the cherry on top of the sundae.