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Adding Storage Solutions to Kitchen Backsplashes


A beautiful backsplash can be a stunning focal point in a kitchen – but did you know this prime piece of kitchen real estate can work harder for you if you add a bit of dimension? We’re not just talking textured tiles, laminates or other decorative surfacing materials … think storage rail systems, open and recessed shelving and ledges. Here are a few examples:

Although certainly not new to kitchen design, rail systems, such as the ones below, provide flexible storage options for commonly used cooking utensils, dish towels and even plants.

A kitchen featuring a rail system mounted to a backsplash.

2012 Küchenmeile in Germany

Open shelving can easily be mounted to a variety of backsplash materials, as seen below …

A kitchen featuring Formica laminate in Calacatta Marble.

Formica® laminate 180fx® in Calacatta Marble

A kitchen featuring Formica laminate Travertine Gold countertops.

Formica® laminate 180fx® in Travertine Gold

… or integrated into the backsplash design.

This kitchen features shelving integrated into the backsplash design.

2013 imm cologne’s LivingKitchen®

Recessed shelving provides niche storage for commonly used cooking supplies. According to Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, in her recent article "Ideas for Smashing Splashes & Counter Designs" for Kitchen and Bath Design News, kitchen planning standards allow any surface 16” or deeper to be considered a functional work area, so keep these measurements in mind as you develop plans.

Ledges also provide convenient resting places for spices, sauces and timers. As you can see, these are perfect for traditional kitchens …

… as well as more contemporary ones.

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