Figuring out the right backsplash for your countertops, whether it’s in the kitchen or in the bathroom. can be fun and a little confusing sometimes. What exactly is it used for? Does my countertop really need it? Will it affect the overall design of the room? These are just a few of the questions that regularly get asked. A 4-inch backsplash isn’t necessary to how the kitchen functions, but it can make the cleanup process a little easier as well as add a new element to the style. We wanted to break down whether or not having this element of the countertop is right for your design and function of the room.

The Pros:

  • It can complement several designs making it almost universal to use.
  • If you’re on a tighter budget, it costs less to install, but still provides a good amount of protection along the wall.
  • If you have a taller kitchen or more wall space than you know what to do with, the 4-inch backsplash can help fill in the space. The room will feel much more balanced.
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  • You can play around with the wall color and designs a little more since the backsplash is taken care of already.
  • It’s usually attached to or installed at the same time as the countertop. This means your remodel will be completed quicker.

The Cons:

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  • Some styles of backsplash may give the illusion of being either unfinished or feel dated.
  • If you have it a separate material from the countertop it might look disjointed.
  • Depending on the mess, the 4-inches may not be enough to catch all of the spills. One example would be tomato sauce or grease spitting as it cooks.
  • It might be more difficult to clean thoroughly.
  • If the grout seal loosens up for any reason, water, grease, food, and anything else might get caught in between the wall and the tile.