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Take your backsplash from functional to the focal point of your kitchen


When done just right, a backsplash can serve as the centerpiece of a kitchen.

In a recent project by Lenore Baigelman of Full Circle Architects (Northbrook, Ill.), the architect created a spacious country kitchen that’s primarily white with dark woods and tile, so when the red backsplash with a herringbone tile pattern appears from one of many sight lines, it really pops. That’s no mistake, either.

Baigelman tells, “I limited the use of this rich color to heighten its impact, only introducing it behind the cooktop. On the other walls, the backsplash is in a white tile to match the cabinets.”

Baigelman’s design includes arched doorways that lead to the living room and formal dining room, each of which provide a view of the red backsplash, which beams with warmth and vitality. The project also includes Marvin windows and doors. For those building or remodeling, this is a great example of how a little color in the right area can take a kitchen from bland to bold. When possible, accentuate an area that’s visible from multiple rooms. The effect is immediate, making family and guests feel drawn to what many consider the heart of any residence.

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