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Have You Thought About The Backsplash?

Glass, granite, quartz, marble -- anything goes on a backsplash! Remember when the backsplash got so little attention, most people assumed that it would just extend up seamlessly from the countertop? That can be a beautiful look, if it's designed well. But why limit yourself when there is a whole world full of choices out there? Your Florida panhandle home deserves nothing but the most beautiful and thoughtful design that you can create. Working with BT Kitchen and Bath, you're sure to get it. So while you're pouring ove

r samples of granites and marbles and other beautiful stones for your countertops, don't forget to show a little love to the humble, but very important backsplash. It's more than just an accent. It can transform the look of your kitchen. Here are just a few of the possibilities that we could create together: Subway Tiles are Timeless Have you ever known someone who, not matter what, always looked impeccably put together? There's a difference between fashionable and timeless, and that's what subway tiles can do for your backsplash. You can find these rectangular tiles in marble, granite, slate and a number of other stones. There's also glass, ceramic, porcelain, stainless steel and the perfectly imperfect old-world look of travertine. The horizontal orientation of subway tiles make them a perfect fit between the countertop and upper cabinets. And if you want to add a little something extra, the plain look of subway tiles meshes well with accents such as mosaics and bar tiles.

You can extend the same stone used in a mosaic to the wall behind the sink if you're creative. The Kitchen Range Backsplash Needs Attention One drawback of tiles is the volume of grout lines. Throughout the kitchen and away from the range, that's not really a problem. Just wipe them down, and you're good to go. But if you're a busy cook in a busier kitchen, the wall behind the range might benefit from something a little bit different and easier to clean. Larger tiles can continue the look from the rest of the kitchen, but with fewer grout lines. For example, if you want marble mosaics or subway tiles throughout the room, large marble tiles on the wall behind the range match and make cleaning a lot simpler. For the ultimate in an easy-care backsplash, go all out with a solid surface. It can be granite or another stone. Wouldn't that be beautiful! Another trend that's making its rounds is stainless steel or glass. The glass look, says Better Homes and Gardens, is painted on the back side to offer translucent color that won't scrub off. Soapstone Makes Any Home Look Warm and Cozy You never know which interior decor you'll find in the Florida panhandle area, and soapstone complements nearly all of them. In a minimalist, urban-looking condo, it's got sleek lines and a dark coloration that looks as perfect with stainless appliances as it does with streamlined cabinets. But that's not all soapstone can do. In a completely different type of home, this smooth, velvety stone can look rustic and charming. Pair it with white or natural Shaker-style cabinets, recommends Country Living, and you've got an instant farmhouse look no matter where your home sits. If you're worried about soapstone, you shouldn't be. On a countertop, it might take a little more maintenance, but not overly so. And on a backsplash, you get all of the bold color without the worries of a glass of wine spilling or scratches from a knife. The great thing about a kitchen backsplash is that you can take risks. In the grand scheme of kitchen design, it's a minimum investment with major impact. You can splurge without breaking the bank. And because the surface is vertical, your showpiece is always on display just like a work of art. At BT Kitchen and Bath, we can help you create a backsplash that really wows. It doesn't matter if your home is modern, traditional, or something in between. Stone never goes out of style, and that's what we do best. But we can also install any number of tiles to make that small-but-important part of your kitchen look perfect. Contact us to learn more about the many ways we can transform your backsplash and the whole kitchen.


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