Sometimes, little things mean a lot. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it touches that make a house a home are the stuff we remember years after we’ve moved on to someplace new; the shape of an odd doorknob, the edge of a reading room rug, the way a particular curtain catches the light can stay with us for ages after the visual cues themselves are no longer there. Today, we focus on one of those finishing flourishes that isn’t talked about much; the backsplash. We unconsciously stare at it — even through it, really — when we wash our hands and do the dishes, so why not add a little beauty, whimsy or quirk? This roundup of interesting backsplash designs focuses on exactly the sorts of things that turn the mundane things in life into memorable ones.
Custom backsplash (seventh from top) found at Rachel Halvorson Designs.