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June 3, 2021

How High should your Kitchen Backsplash Reach?

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How High should your Kitchen Backsplash Reach?

Tasteful homeowners take the time to spruce up their kitchen with gorgeous countertops and matching cabinets. But they face some difficulty when it comes to installing backsplashes. The kitchen backsplashes are available in various heights. So, you have to pay due attention to get the right-sized backsplash for your kitchen that does its intended job and compliments the design and interior of your kitchen.   

Standard Backsplash Height

In general, the backsplash is installed to the height of four inches from the surface of the countertop. These backsplashes can be of any material or color, but we suggest that it compliments the cabinets and the countertops. A backsplash that reaches only four inches is a great option for cost-effective kitchen interiors. However, there is no set pattern for backsplash reach. You may install backsplashes for any height in your kitchen. There is no need to conform to four inches pattern. The backsplash reach can be as high as you like.

Should a Kitchen Backsplash Go to the Ceiling?

A kitchen backsplash is usually confined to the space above your counter and below your kitchen cabinets. How high up your kitchen backsplash will reach is up to you but may be limited by what space you have to work with. Many kitchen cabinet layout designs do not allow for a countertop to ceiling backsplash simply because there is no wall space available for it.

If there is verticle space between two sections of cabinets, this is a good example of when your backsplash can extend to the ceiling. If you do have this space available, you should consider the options you have.

Option 1 – utilize a 4-inch or 15-inch backsplash

if you would like to keep your costs down and don’t mind having a backsplash reach only a few inches up your wall, you may want to get a partial backsplash. With a backsplash that doesn’t cover the entire wall, you can save money on your kitchen design and the functionality of the backsplash well with the height of it.

Option 2 – Countertop to ceiling backsplash

If you have the wall space available to have your backsplash extend to the ceiling, this can create an interesting look in your kitchen. When your kitchen backsplash reaches your ceiling, the design of the tile you choose acts as an accent wall in your overall kitchen design. Some people like the completed look of the countertop to ceiling backsplash and others prefer the shorter, cost-saving backsplash. The option is yours

Trending Backsplash Height

Most homeowners choose the height of their backsplash according to the look they are going for in their kitchen. These days, four inched backsplashes are overshadowed by 15 inched installations of backsplashes that end halfway between the countertop and the cabinets. This height for backsplash is ideal for making a contrasting kitchen interior truly pop. It brings out the colors of countertops, wall paint, and cabinets.

Kitchen backsplashes can be eight inches, or up to the height of your upper cabinets, or all the way up to the ceiling too. The full-height backsplash gives your kitchen a unique and eye-catching look. It also makes cleaning a lot easier, but keep in mind that it is a bit more costly than the backsplash designs not reach as high.

Cost-Effective Backsplash Height

For kitchen backsplashes, the rule of thumb is the higher you go, the more you pay. As the height of the backsplash increases, more material is required for the installation. So, if you already splurged on countertops, four inched backsplashes would be the way to go. If you have some wiggle room in your budget, go for 15 inches or the mid-length installation of backsplash between the countertop and upper cabinets. However, with an ample budget, you can get a full-height backsplash should you choose.

Backsplash Height by Maintenance

The backsplash height is also dependent on cleaning requirements. For heavy-duty kitchen usage, the higher your backsplash goes the better. However, if you do not use your kitchen as much, then four inched backsplashes will suffice. There are choices available for backsplash materials too that are easier to clean than others. Either way, the backsplash is necessary and the right material makes cleaning your kitchen a lot easier.

Backsplash Height by Design

Sometimes, a kitchen has a certain design or look that decides for you how high your backsplash should reach. In that case, go with what the design demands. Similarly, the backsplash height is also selected to complement the contrast in countertops and cabinets.

So, there isn’t one right way to decide the height of kitchen backsplashes. You have to consider the design, budget, and cleaning requirements, etc to choose what is right for you.

Kitchen Express

At Kitchen Express we can handle all of your kitchen remodeling needs. If you have any questions about kitchen remodeling and recommendations on how to design your kitchen, we can help. We have been renovating kitchen spaces for several decades and would love to help you design your kitchen. If you are not sure how you would like your backsplash to look when redesigning your kitchen, we will give you our best advice! View some of the work that we have done in the past, and contact us today to get started on your dream kitchen.

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