A butcher block countertop is a welcome addition to any chefs kitchen because it is as functional as it is beautiful and provides a classic piece that will elevate all decor. A lot of clients that I have spoken with seem intimidated by the product, in part because they fear it will be hard to clean, and also due to the assumption that it will knick and scratch easily. Both concerns are certainly not true. These versatile pieces can be cleaned with water and a rag or a gentle soap and stand up to wear and tare just as well as cutting boards made of the same material. Even better, the natural wood finish coordinates well with nearly every popular backsplash ideas that you can think of and can accent any style kitchen, from contemporary to traditional.
For this particular client, my goal was to design a kitchen and dining area with unique accents that offered just enough personality to set it apart from the thousands of other homes in the neighborhood. To accomplish this, I settled on a blue tile backsplash just above the stove and below the various cabinets in shades of pastel, turquoise, and azure hues. This added a quaint, rustic charm to the spacious kitchen with a refreshing and modern twist. The monochromatic motif throughout the rest of the area offered plenty of room for a gorgeous pop of color from the backsplash tile to complement the clean, ivory countertops and chrome-accented appliances.
One of the easiest ways to upgrade your kitchen and add a touch of a modern is a do-it-yourself backsplash. Most homeowners choose to hire a professional for a project like this, but my wife and I decided to give it a go ourselves this fall. From renter friendly backsplash tile ideas to peel-and-stick mosaic beauty we got overwhelmed before we even started. Then we took a deep breath and realized were not building skyscrapers in New York. We’re replacing kitchen tiles. How hard could it be? With help from Pinterest, Youtube and the wonderful old man at Home Depot we were finally armed with knowledge and the tools to replace our outdated kitchen backsplash tile with something more modern and elegant.
When we started our home makeover I knew that, regardless of the style of the rest of our home, I wanted a French country kitchen design fit for a chef. I love cooking and entertaining, so it was very important to me to have a space that would accommodate our large group of friends and family and one that would give me enough room to cook for them. A kitchen island was top on my list as well as a large gas range and tons of storage. As I started to design this space, believe it or not, my inspiration piece was actually our kitchen backsplash. I had been searching all over for ideas that would guide me in selecting the color palette for the space.
This home’s traditional kitchen was lifeless and dated. After replacing the cabinets and adding a white subway tile backsplash, this kitchen has transformed instantly into a classic and chic place family and friends want to gather. These kitchen wall tiles were laid in an alternating pattern of horizontal tiles, with a herringbone pattern under the range hood creating a focal point for the eye. The pure white of the kitchen backsplash tiles pops against the antique white painted cabinetry and the granite countertops with warm neutral veins. Medium golden bamboo floors compliment the sophistication of the reinvigorated kitchen while also adding a cozy feeling to this traditional style.
I have been browsing kitchen backsplash pictures to find a design that I could use as inspiration for what to add to my home. We have been slowly trying to revamp our kitchen with small project that will not cost a lot but that will have a big impact on updating our space and making it look more contemporary in preparation to sell later this year. I thought that adding new kitchen backsplash tile would be an easy and inexpensive weekend project, but that would make really improve the overall style of the space. I really like the modern looking backsplash in this photo because it gives a pop of color while still blending well with the neutral kitchen floor tiles, cabinetry and countertops.