The kitchen glass backsplash has a very important function: it helps in maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen by taking in all of the oil and dirt that accidentally splatter on the kitchen walls while you’re cooking and washing.
If there is no backsplash in the kitchen countertop, the kitchen walls will get ugly with wet stains and mold growth. Cleaning them constantly will really be a hard chore. Many types of materials have been used for this purpose. The latest trend is the dazzling glass backsplash. Glass offers improved resistance to molds because of their non-porous surface. Its capacity to reflect light also adds the advantages of making the room look bigger than it actually is and making it look brighter.
If you are thinking of modernizing your kitchen, a glass backsplash will help you achieve this end. The beautiful colored pattern glass tiles will make your kitchen backsplash a work of art. This is what you need if you want to boost the ambience in your kitchen. A backsplash that shines and sparkles with different colors will make your kitchen or bathroom truly unique. You can choose whatever you want from the many varieties of color combinations that are available.
Types of Glass Backsplashes
There are three types of glass backsplashes available in the market: the stained glass, the transparent glass and the re-cycled glass. Below are their differentiations:
• Stained glass – this is available in two kinds: one where the glass is formed first into sheets then cut into glass tiles. These tiles can also have brick forms. Their usual size is 5/8”x5/8” and 2”x2”. The other kind has the molten glass poured into tile molds. These tiles have a rough texture and are usually available in sizes ranging from 2”x2” and 4”x4”
• Transparent Glass – this is the one used in clear glass tiles mosaic. Their vibrant colors are made possible by the colored paper that is attached at the back of the glass tiles. They are sold in sizes of 1”x1” and 1”x2” with thicknesses ranging from 4 mm to 8mm.
• Re-cycled Glass – the most eco-friendly of all glass backsplashes because of its recycled nature. Every sheet of this recycled glass tile contains a wide variety of sizes and colors.
Glass Backsplash Designs
Here are several designs of glass backsplashes that will make your kitchen or bathroom stand out from all the rest.
• Mosaic Glass Backsplash – this is a themed design where glass tile chips are arranged into a specific image that will fit the space intended for the backsplash. You can choose to have floral images or other botanical plants or combination of both. You need to be artful here by filling all spaces with tiles that will complement the mosaic’s basic pattern.
• Checkered Glass Backsplash – this design takes advantage of the colors already existing in your kitchen. The glass tiles are assembled in a checkered pattern, where earth colors such as green and brown are mixed with bright red and orange. Accents of white, beige and cream are thrown in to brighten up the backsplash.
• Monochromatic Backsplash – glass tiles of one color will create a monochromatic effect. For bathroom backsplashes, blue and green will create a powerful effect. If your room is predominantly white, you can create a dynamic effect by adding cobalt blues or crimson reds. You can also harmonize your glass tiles with the existing colors in the room or you can turn the glass tiles into a diamond-shaped pattern to obtain a unique look.
• Glass Pebbles Backsplash – these pebbles are made from sea glass or polished river rocks. They have an uneven and tumbled appearance which enables the room to have a rustic ambience. These pebbles offer a more artistic design compared to just simply covering the backsplash with paint. They are transparent with a wide variety of colors that can be used in many applications.
Advantages of a Glass Backsplash
• A backsplash made of glass tiles is highly resistant to moisture and stains.
• It is very easy to clean.
• Since very few chemicals can harm glass, it will protect vintage wood, antique bricks and wallpaper.
• Glass reflects light therefore it will make your kitchen or bathroom bigger than they really are.
• You have many color options ranging from clear to translucent to opaque.
• Glass backsplashes are relatively easy to install.
Disadvantages of a Glass Backsplash
• Glass backsplashes are rather expensive compared to other tile materials.
• Cheap grades of glass tiles are prone to breaking and cracking.
• They are susceptible to scratches and they can hardly be repaired.
• Excellent skills in grouting glass tiles are necessary. Average skills will be visible in the glass tiles.
Glass will certainly add that modern touch to your home and a glass backsplash would do no less in your kitchen or bathroom. With all the varieties in color, design and sizes, you will be on the right track if you choose these gorgeous glass tiles to decorate your home.