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Backsplashes are a beautiful way to help your kitchen stand out. There’s a lot to consider, though, when it comes to texture, color, and all-around style. As we approach the end of the year and look towards 2020, here are a few backsplash trends to keep in mind if a kitchen renovation happens to be one of your New Year’s resolutions.
Usually, we think of backsplashes as the six-inch space above the oven and sink and below the cabinets. But why limit your creativity to that small space? Continuing your backsplash further up a wall, even to the ceiling, creates a “tall backsplash.” 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, jute or stone, have unique textures that can make a kitchen look inviting and timeless. Besides, their versatility can fit with just about any style you can think of.
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. It’s a great chance to showcase your own personal tastes.
THE PERFECT SEAL
Whatever backsplash trend speaks to you, one thing remains certain: using GE Sealants & Adhesives line of products is a great way to finish strong with your backsplash project. For kitchens and bathrooms, the two most likely places you’d install a backsplash, we recommend using GE Silicone 1* Tub & Tile sealant or Silicone 2*+ Kitchen & Bath sealant.
With GE Silicone 1 Tub & Tile sealant, you can create a long-lasting, 100% waterproof seal that stays permanently flexible and seals gaps and cracks while staying shrink-proof and crack-proof. GE Silicone 2+ Kitchen & Bath sealant offers a 100% waterproof seal that can be water-ready in as little as 30 minutes1. Also, it has excellent adhesion, low odor and 10-year mold-free product protection2.
GE Sealants & Adhesives products have the power to give your backsplash 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.
Make 2020 a year for home DIY projects with GE Sealants & Adhesives products. We have a lot more DIY insights coming your way, so stop back soon for more.
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.
2Cured sealant is resistant to stain-causing mold and mildew. Regular cleaning of the cured sealant is required however, as soap or other residue can cause secondary mold & mildew growth.