The vanity backsplash mixes form with function. Original bathroom backsplashes simply protected walls from moisture and featured easily cleanable surfaces. Today’s interior designers and homeowners require function and much more. Modern bathroom backsplashes make a design statement and often dictate the decor for the entire room. Throw out the old design book and let creativity guide you.
Ceramic tiles offer affordability, versatility and durability. These tiles come in many colors, shapes and sizes. A vanity backsplash featuring ceramic tiles can be understated or elegant, depending on the tile style and placement. Laying square tiles in a diamond pattern, combining differing shapes or adding random accent tiles give new life to this perennial favorite.
Use natural stone tile for an upscale vanity backsplash. Stone tile affords homeowners almost as many choices as ceramic tile. Tumbled stone, polished granite and marble tile backsplashes complement popular solid stone vanities.
A vanity backsplash of glass tiles creates a contemporary, spalike bathroom. Glass tiles possess a richness and reflective quality that enhances natural and artificial lighting. They clean like a dream and possess the same durability as ceramic tiles.
Custom-cut mirror panels add a new dimension to any bathroom vanity backsplash. Mirrors give the illusion of more space, reflect colors and look upscale without being tacky. Mirrored vanity backsplashes can be installed in one seamless piece or in several smaller panels. Beveled and frosted edges break up the expanse of larger sections of mirror.
A sleek, glass vanity backsplash works well in a contemporary bathroom. Select a paint color for the backsplash. Paint the backsplash and hire a glass company to cut and install the panels over the painted wall. For a twist, paint the back of the glass before it is applied to the backsplash. Back-painted glass imparts a silky smooth finish providing greater impact than the painted wall technique. Tinted glass panels installed on a bright white wall turn up the contemporary vibe.
Stone slab vanity tops and backsplashes grace new home developments. If your budget allows, consider a natural stone slab backsplash for an optimum return on your investment. A solid piece of travertine backing a coordinating stone vanity exudes opulence. Luxurious durability describes vanity backsplashes made of solid stone. Budget-minded homeowners might consider a composite stone product as an option to create a similar look.
The idea of a laminate vanity backsplash may conjure up unpleasant images of your college dorm room. However, laminate surfacing materials have come a long way. Solid color laminate countertops with a matching backsplash live only in your memory. Laminate vanity backsplashes offer an affordable way to introduce color and originality to bathroom design. Pair tile or stone vanity counters with an exotic laminate backsplash for a cool mix of materials.
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