“The backsplash is the jewelry that completes the ensemble.” —Kim D. White, Statements in Tile In a kitchen by Marc Coan Designs, glossy 12 x 12" glass tiles in the backsplash echo similar translucence in the cabinetry.
background player so the granite can be the star.” The backsplash is usually the last element incorporated into a kitchen, but that doesn’t mean it’s an afterthought. Everything from cabinetry to textiles plays a significant role in determining its design. “The backsplash is the jewelry that completes the ensemble,” says Kim D. White of Santa Fe’s Statements In Tile/Lighting/ Kitchens/Flooring. “It either draws all the colors together, or it provides the needed contrast of color, texture, or pattern.” The role of the kitchen backsplash does in fact go beyond just aesthetics. Many homes, particularly in New Mexico, have plaster wall finishes that are susceptible to damage from the moisture, fumes, and spatters involved with cooking. “The backsplash was originally devised as an easy-to-clean, sanitary surface in the area of the home used for food preparation,” White points out. “In parts of the world where tile was abundant, such as Portugal, Spain, and Southern France, the walls of the kitchens were tiled to the ceiling.” Susan Chiasson, sales manager and lead designer at Architectural Surfaces, Inc. (ASI) in Albuquerque, says gaining an understanding of a client’s lifestyle is important when styling a tile or stone backsplash: “Are they active cooks? Do they want to take the time for the upkeep and special care that some materials require?” Care must also be taken in selecting proper materials. Some tiles made with metal and some painted ceram26
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AKDO’s polished Basket Weave Calacatta tile with pistachio green dots, available through Architectural Surfaces, Inc.
Painted tiles are arranged in a diamond pattern in a Taos kitchen backsplash designed by Statements in Tile.
From top: Mark E. Owen, AKDO, Richard White/Courtesy of Statements in Tile
form meets function
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