Note: This DIY article is provided as a general guide only and is not intended to take the place of product-specific installation procedures; always follow applicable manufacturers’ instructions. Depending on your home’s age and condition, location within the home, and other potential factors, repairs and/or upgrades or other services may be necessary prior to the beginning and/or completion of your project that may involve the services of a home improvement professional. This article does not include advice pertaining to local building codes and/or any related inspections
Backsplashes are an evergreen kitchen design trend that help your space stand out. There’s a lot to consider though when it comes to texture, color, and all-around style. So, here are a few backsplash trends to try if you’re feeling inspired.
Usually, we think of the backsplash area as the six-inch space above your oven and sink and below your cabinets. But why limit your creativity to that small space? Tiling a backsplash further up a wall, even to the ceiling, creates the appearance of a taller kitchen wall. It’s a great way to create an elegant kitchen look in 2020.
Backsplashes shouldn’t be confined to just tile mosaics. In fact, the further outside the box you can think, the better. Raw materials, such as raw-edge wood, natural stone or jute have unique textures that can make a kitchen look inviting and timeless. If you still enjoy a mosaic style, natural stone tiles can help you achieve a sense of order while maintaining a unique flair.
KEEP IT INDUSTRIAL
If natural materials aren’t your style, you can go for more of an industrial look. This means abandoning what you’ve always known about backsplashes—tile, marble, mosaics—and utilizing metals instead. Some great options are sheets of stainless steel, copper or aluminum. Personalize this option to make it unique to your home.
Backsplashes don’t need to match your appliances. No more should you rely on just painting a colorful accent wall. Leave that work to your backsplash. In 2020, expect to see more vibrant, eccentric backsplashes livening up kitchens everywhere by using colorful glass or ceramic tiles. This method offers all the functionality of a backsplash while looking like a beautiful work of art.
THE PERFECT SEAL
After your tile installation – or whatever method you’ve chosen – one thing remains certain: using GE Sealants & Adhesives when sealing a backsplash is a great way to finish strong. For kitchens and bathrooms, the two most likely places you’d install a backsplash, we recommend using Tub & Tile Silicone 1* sealant or Advanced Silicone 2* Kitchen & Bath sealant.
With Tub & Tile Silicone 1 sealant, you can create a long-lasting, 100% waterproof seal that stays permanently flexible and seals gaps and cracks while staying shrink and crack-proof. Advanced Silicone 2 Kitchen & Bath sealant offers a 100% waterproof seal that can be water-ready in only 30 minutes1. Also, it has excellent adhesion and 10-year mold-free product protection2. And, both sealants will fully cure in 24 hours.
GE Sealants & Adhesives has the power to give your backsplash project a protective seal. In spaces like kitchens and bathrooms where water is prevalent, it’s important to choose a sealant that stays waterproof for long-lasting, beautiful results.
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1Exposure to water possible in as little as 30 minutes with bead size max 3/16"", temperature min 65°F and humidity min 50%. Otherwise, sealant should not be exposed to water for 8 hours. Do not touch or clean sealant for 24 hours
2Fully cured sealant is resistant to stain-causing mold and mildew. Regular cleaning of sealant is required, however, as soap and other residue may cause secondary mold and mildew growth.