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How to Choose the Right Backsplash

We weigh the pros and cons of our fave backsplash materials.

The backsplash may protect your kitchen walls from unsightly splatters, but it also adds a big hit of style. Choose the best material for your lifestyle, and then explore a rich world of pattern and colour.


Pros: Neutral palette complements many design schemes; durable.
Cons: Tiles must be sealed with a  penetrating sealer to protect from stains.

Stainless Steel 

Pros: Easy to maintain and clean.
Cons: Acidic cleaning products can discolour surface if allowed to dry; prone to scratches; shows fingerprints easily.


Pros: Neutral colouring is versatile; resistant to acid staining.
Cons: Scratches easily; must be darkened by regular application of mineral oil.


Pros: Easy to clean; natural sheen adds light to a room.
Cons: Shows water spots and stains easily if not sealed properly; frequent cleaning is necessary.


Pros: Wide variety of styles available; if glazed, tiles are non-porous and stain-resistant.
Cons: Large amount of joints ; grout can discolour.


Pros: Luxurious, bright material; easily wiped clean.
Cons: Should not be installed near heat sources; porous material, so must be sealed regularly.


Pros: Durable and heat-resistant; minimal maintenance; less expensive than other natural stones.
Cons: Few colours available; uneven surface can collect dirt.


Pros: High durability and heat resistance; very attractive natural stone; easy to clean.
Cons: Natural pattern makes it difficult to extend granite; high cost.

Engineered Stone 

Pros: Non-porous; heat-resistant; extremely durable; easy to clean.
Cons: High cost; pattern is unnatural; requires expert installation.


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