5 Kitchen Backsplash Trends

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Subject: Mirrored backsplash

My cousin used a mirrored back splash in a small kitchen and it really enlarged the room and bounced a great deal of light around it. I am considering it for my 12' galley kitchen remodel.


Subject: Back splash

Our house is 15 Yrs old. It had a small area of back splash mirrors. I wanted to rip it out myself then two Yrs later the look started showing up. With the under counter lights everything is bright and we keep only basics on the counter. The space looks twice as large. As for the outlets the previous owners dropped outlets down and covered plate with mirrors also. You really don't see them.. The rest of the kitchen is painted in two colors, red and on the small wall pale yellow. This picks up our lg red custom leather couch so it has a loft feeling.


Subject: Back splashes

I totally agree about NOT putting your electrical outlets under your upper cabinets. We built a home in a very affluent area and thought it would be great to place them "out of site" however the reality is that placing them there you have all your cords hanging down your beautiful back splash. I hate seeing cords. Putting them along the bottom of your backsplash allows you to hide them and your cords behind small apiances or decor. We are also having our receptacles made from the same material as the backsplash to help camouflage them. Most contractors will be happy to accommodate you on this.


Subject: Cleaning

I have seen some, I think, pretty silly backsplashes put up on some TV shows. It makes me think the man has never had to clean a kitchen. How do you clean grease off those tiles and other items that are bumpy or rough? It isn't trendy but we have a mirror behind our stove top area. Easy to keep clean plus I can see the TV that's behind me while cooking.

K Westcott

Subject: Backsplash

I too am interested a backsplash without grout. Please share the name of the company that will do this. I have of heard of ForzaStone but have not seen a review other than their web site.

Nancy Bailey

Subject: Kitchen re-models

Seems like most articles I read about redecorating do not take into consideration the cost of such ventures! I wish I had unlimited money to hire the best contractors - but I don't, as I am sure a lot of other people don't, either. I wish there was a way to do some of these beautiful, dream kitchens without spending thousands of dollars!

Jeffery spector

Subject: Budget backsplash

There are many options depending on you budget some can even be done as a diy project. Reclaimed or repurposed items make a great impact and a real conversation topic. Old pallet wood painted stained or un finished is a good option . A sheet of laminate with a grain used vertically is another option. Myself as a designer I understand budgets and work with them on most projects. Good luck and have fun.


Subject: Backsplash

I will be remodeling a home we are moving into soon. I'm going to use shiplap as my backsplash. I am going to raise the counter height of the entire kitchen to account orate my height, 6'3". I am going to place my electrical outlets sideways right underneath the upper cabinets. Did the receptacle thing in my last home and it was brilliant. You don't see receptacles in the middle of your backsplash.

Jen Smiga

Subject: Backsplash Idea

Recycled glass mosaic tiles from Vetrazzo were a Interior Design Magazine 2015 Best of Year pick. Love how they add color and character to any kitchen. They're on trend for 2016 as designers will be using a mix of materials and we recycled glass can be added to the mix.

Cindi Unger

Subject: laminate backsplash

When I re-did my kitchen eight years ago I used leftover laminate flooring that matched my cabinets to do the back splash all the way to the ceiling. My contractor ripped me off for almost $10,000 so I had to fire him and act as contractor myself. Since my budget was greatly strained I had to make use of on-hand materials. Since then I have seen this trend take off! My kitchen resembles a ski lodge and we love it! It is easy to clean as well as a unique element to the design!

Susan Berggren

Subject: Back splash-kitchen

I had our back splash planned to avoid cuts / or cutting the tile. I had it made from a tile company in Mpls that measured tile pieses from counter to right under the cabinet--- fit was well executed. We also planned bullnose for wrappng corners, etc.

I like the ideas given in your article.


Subject: blacksplash

Hi Susan,
I like your idea of getting the tiles precut Will you please provide the company information from where you obtained your cut to order tiles?


Harold Scott

Subject: Electrical Code Requirements for Dwelling Unit Kitchen Recepts

2014 NEC 210.52(C)(5) states that receptacles cannot be more than 20" above the countertop. Most kitchen equipment comes with 2' cords for this very reason. Also, who wants to see cords hanging down from a high mounted receptacle? It's great to see a clean look in a promotional photo, but the reality is, you leave a lot of equipment on the counter plugged in all the time.


Subject: Back Splash

I used a matching thinner version of the quartz used on my countertop for my back splash. For those of us who do not want to try to clean stained grout lines on the wall, this is easy to clean and does not stain. It was installed in less than half the time it takes to install tile. It is well worth the cost.

Steve Davis

Subject: Backsplashes

When you do your backsplash it is a perfect time to put in under cabinet lighting to show off your new backspkash. You can remove the sheetrock, do your wiring and put your sheetrock back and install your backsplash.


Subject: Putting electrical outlets under the cabinets

This is rather ridiculous. If the outlets are up that high, the cords to the appliances will be dangling from top to bottom. I'd much rather have the outlets as close to the counter as possible and try to hide them behind the appliances.

mike foti

Subject: backsplash trends

We are also seeing people using products like high gloss acrylic wall panels and back painted glass to eliminate tile joints in their backsplashes

Scott Peszko

Subject: Eliminating outlets for artistic reasons

Before you make that Blunder !!!Electrical Codes require outlets for every 12 inch or more of counter space and the correct spacing for length of counter .Your local electrical inspector can guide you .If you do this with out permits or inspections plan on it failing at a standard home inspection at resale .$$$$$ big fix

Harold Scott

Subject: NEC requirements

The NEC does not require an outlet every 12" along a countertop located in the kitchen of a dwelling unit. 2014 NEC 210.52(C)(1) states each countertop 12" or greater must have a receptacle within 24" (e.g. 48" O.C. and within 24" of each end). What is an issue is the suggestion of mounting receptacles out of sight. NEC 210.52(C)(5) states that receptacles cannot be more than 20" above the countertop. Most kitchen equipment comes with 2' cords for this very reason. Also, who wants to see cords hanging down from a high mounted receptacle? It's great to see a clean look in a promotional photo, but the reality is, you leave a lot of equipment on the counter plugged in all the time.


Subject: "Wood" doesn't have to mean actual wood...

...as the writer indicated when referencing other types of flooring with a wood look. There are dozens of wood finish ceramic plank tile options from modern to rustic and in a wide range of colors--extremely realistic even behind a range. Good point to consider though.


Subject: Back Splash

I like the little squares that look like they are in 3D, I dont rembember where I saw it, I think it was on DYI

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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.