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Make a Splash with Your Backsplash
When we create your dream Signature kitchen, we take care of everything from the demo down to the details. One of our favorite details to incorporate is a smaller one that has a huge impact: your kitchen’s backsplash. Once flooring, cabinets and countertops, and appliances are all decided, the backsplash is the element that brings everything together. Here are four popular backsplashes that take your kitchen from common to complete.
1. The Clean-Cut Classic
Because a backsplash occupies such a unique space within a kitchen, it’s important to have a proper balance of wow-factor and cohesion to ensure that the backsplash isn’t overlooked, but that it also doesn’t steal the thunder from the space. Therefore, when our designers choose a backsplash for a space, we look first at shape itself and what sort of similar shapes and angles make the most sense for the space. We look at the other lines and proportions of the kitchen design as a whole and pick out similar styles that complement these existing elements. Oftentimes, we opt for the classic subway tile. This shape brings a clean-cut feel into the kitchen that is complementary and timeless yet still modern.
2. A Pinch of Pattern
Sometimes the shape of a backsplash takes a backseat to the pattern that’s created with the tiles. Different shapes and sizes of tiles can be brought together into a cohesive backsplash by created the perfect pattern. A hot trend right now is a fish scale style that offers an ode to the sea, perfect for many of our Florida projects. Should the overall design of one of our projects be clean and modern, we might opt for a funkier backsplash pattern to add in some interest. Should the opposite be the case, a more common but classic pattern might be more appropriate.
3. Texture that Shines
As many of our kitchen designs incorporate a natural element to some degree, it often comes to light in the form of the backsplash. Rough cut or natural stones and tiles can be used to not only add visual interest but texture too. We love everything the natural Florida landscape has to offer, and often our designers draw inspiration from such natural beauty, utilizing certain elements in our kitchen designs.
4. A Spin on the Color Wheel
An often neglected element, the backsplash can be the fun pop of color that your kitchen needs. Mixing different colors in the same family can create dimension in the title pattern or mixing opposite colors on the wheel to draw in other elements of the space and create interest are two strategies used by our design team to make the most out of the space between your countertops and cabinets.
At Signature Kitchens of Vero Beach, we believe that creating the perfect kitchen for our clients all comes to the details. Whether you’re looking to completely redesign your space or just add a few personal touches (perhaps in the form of a backsplash), we’re here to help make your dream kitchen a reality!
Meet Jessica, our Newest Team Member
We’re excited to announce a fresh face in Signature Kitchens, Jessica Mahoney! Jessica is a Vero Beach native but moved to St. Augustine, FL, in order to attend Flagler College. There, she studied communications and worked for a few marketing firms before she decided her path was destined for design. Moving back to Vero, she started attending design school and served on the board of directors for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), volunteering with vendors at the Design Center of America in Fort Lauderdale. Shortly after, she began interning with us at Signature Kitchens of Vero Beach, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board full time.
“I’m excited to continue my growth in this industry,” Jessica said. “It is an ever-changing industry, and there is never a dull moment. I love the excitement of change and aesthetic of new and restored [spaces].”
Jessica will be joining our existing team of designers and cabinetry specialist working on both construction and renovation projects.
“I live for the before and afters. I love making someone’s everyday life a little better because of good design. I know what a well-thought-out designed space can do for efficiency and ease of living and really try hard to know what clients are looking for even if they don’t know what they want…” Jessica said. “People making memories in a space you helped make part of their life really is the driving force behind what I do.”
In addition to designing, Jessica will also assist in space planning, selections, and layout as well as keeping a close eye on budgets, easing the worries of our clients.
As the Florida lifestyle lends itself to be an active one, Jessica capitalizes on this. She pulls inspiration from nature. “I spend a lot of time outdoors. Nature has always been a huge inspiration for me and I pull a lot of design ideas from nature itself,” Jessica said.
Quartz or Granite: Countertop Characteristics
When you choose to create your very own Signature kitchen, you’re making an investment in your future lifestyle, as much of your time is spent in your home’s kitchen. That being said, one of the questions our expert design team often gets is about what countertops are best. A friendly battle between quarts and granite countertops quickly arises.
While both have their positive qualities, the question isn’t” “which one is best?” The question is: “Which is best for my Signature Kitchen?” Therefore, we look at countertop materials from four different viewpoints and think about the following things when it comes to both materials: How durable is it? How easy is it to repair? Does it fit the aesthetic of the space? Is it affordable?
A lot goes on in the kitchen, and besides the bathroom, the kitchen faces some of the harshest cleaning chemicals. Therefore, durability is a key factor in deciding on the countertop material that best fits your lifestyle. Quartz and granite rank fairly equal on the hardness scale, though many manufacturers recommend not putting extremely hot pots or pans directly on the countertop surface as it isn’t quite as heat-resistant as granite. Quartz also might begin to fade or discolor when consistently exposed to direct sunlight or other harsh factors for long periods of time. Quartz countertops have a little more flexibility and are less likely to chip compared to granite.
Especially in kitchens, accidents happen, which is why reparability is important in choosing countertops. Here, the natural inclination might be that granite wins out in this category over quartz as it is less likely to chip and therefore overall considered more durable. Granite, however, is a porous material and will, therefore, need to be sealed upon installation and periodically throughout the lifetime of the countertop (this also makes it more susceptible to stains as well). As always, it’s important to be cautious with items like cast iron and other hard materials or chemicals when around your countertops to avoid the need for repair to arise.
When it comes to the overall design and theme of your space, our design team will have narrowed down a specific vision based on your tastes and opinions. With this in mind, granite, as a natural stone, has more of a natural yet gritty feel to it. Quartz, though, is often available in a wider variety of color palates and patterns to choose from – though “exotic” granite is also available, though rare - but can be more appealing to clients who want a more daring kitchen design.
For many, a kitchen of your dreams is a priceless commodity. Other homeowners, however, might have a set budget to allocate to their kitchen and might have a specific percentage to dedicate to their countertops or elsewhere. Whatever the case, affordability factors in to the overall decision when choosing countertops. Traditionally, granite is less expensive when compared to quartz but keep in mind things like square footage, backsplashes, and seam lines before you make your purchase.
Whatever your vision for your kitchen, we’re here to help you navigate these decisions to help make your dream space a reality. To begin, simply call 772.234.0155 to talk to a member of our Signature design team or visit our showroom online or at 3003 Cardinal Drive, Suite D in