A matte finish would normally be a natural stone. Natural Stone is available in both a tumbled and also a honed finish. A tumbled finish will have the exposed pores (holes) in the tile where the honed finish will be more of a smooth finish. Either one is perfect for a backsplash it just comes down to the over all look of the backsplash.
Dark colors. When you want a kitchen to stand out, the backsplash is a good place to start. By contrasting the lighter look of cabinets and appliances, you can create a strong cosmetic center for the whole of the kitchen. Tiles work well for this particular design idea because they have versatility in color and clean up easily.
Cover your entire backsplash in one solid color. This is good when you have a very busy granite countertop. You simply choose one color that you like, this is usually a neutral tone, and then select the type of tile you want. You can jazz up this solid field of tile by popping in another color or colors sporadically. This breaks up the solid field a little. It only takes a couple of odd colored tiles here and there to really change the overall look.
Multi-functioning backsplashes. Yes, your backsplash's primary job is to protect the integrity of your kitchen wall by guarding against spills and splashes, but that doesn't mean that you should refrain using it for other things. Many homeowners prefer to take the same concept that aides them in maximizing space within a small kitchen and apply it to the backsplash idea, hanging utensils and other frequently used items along the trim. The more functionality you can get from the components of the kitchen, the easier it will be to use. And ease of use leads to less frustration in the long run.
When choosing the precise backsplash for your preferences and needs you have to carefully evaluate each of the materials that are available. One of the most popular and enduring choices of material for backsplashes are tiles. Tiles come in a great variety of forms ranging from glass, natural stone, metal and even recycled materials. All types of tile are easy to install and clean as well as being heat resistant and they are both and heat and stain resistant.
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