Should you put Kitchen Backsplash Around Windows? These Designers Agree Unanimously on the Answer


First and foremost, a kitchen backsplash that goes up your wall and around your window can make a real impression. If you're looking to create a wow-factor modern kitchen, taking backsplash around windows is the look to go for. For Alexandra Killion of Alexandra Killion Interiors, taking your backsplash around the window and to the ceiling elevates a standard kitchen to something that is seriously smart. ‘Yes, you should always take the backsplash up to the ceiling - even if that means placing it around windows. It looks finished and polished.’


Another reason you might want to take your backsplash to the ceiling and around the window is to keep your kitchen easy to clean. Paint is typically used on kitchen walls from above the backsplash and up to the ceiling. But it's a medium to be wary of if you're designing a working family space. This is because splashes and general usage mean paint jobs need to be redone every so often - more often than other rooms and the house like living rooms or bedrooms. Typically, kitchens are long and rectangular, with a window at the end and placed over the kitchen sink. That puts the window at risk of splashes and makes it a go-to zone for backsplash. Using your backsplash between the window and the sink protects any exposed walls.


Think about the shelving and kitchen cabinets and how you might have to plan around these kitchen additions. 'It is indeed possible to install a backsplash around or halfway around a window,' says Lauren Lerner, CEO and founder of Scottsdale-based Living with Lolo. 'Planning is crucial when it comes to seamlessly integrating the tile around the window, and the key consideration lies in determining the most visually appealing placement in relation to the surrounding cabinetry.' The more common look is to have your backsplash up to the bottom of your cabinets. If you have shelving, you might not want or need a tiled background because your shelves will be covered in decorative bits and pieces that will take the attention away from the backsplash. If you have a decorative kitchen, you can rely on your decor to create coziness and personality, instead of the walls.


Think about the material too. For this reason, Shelagh Conway, principal and founder of Austin-based Triple Heart Design is on the fence. 'You should take your kitchen backsplash around the kitchen windows! Well, maybe. But yes overall,' she says. 'This is a design decision that is determined by the materials chosen and the window type and style. 'It seems like a simple question but lends itself to some thoughtful preparation like the thickness of the material, the depth and height of the window, and what type of window. For example, is it casement with a handle crank in the way?'


Ultimately, it all comes down to budget. Backsplash material isn't the cheapest. On the lower end, you'll find the likes of vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles, and even mirrors as inexpensive backsplash ideas, but on the higher end of the spectrum, marble, quartzite, or granite are hugely costly. If you are designing a kitchen on a budget, you might have to cut down on the sizing of your backsplash. This could be the difference between going for a material you love, but less of it, and a material that you don't like so much, but taking it right to the ceiling.

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