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Home Improvement: Adding a Kitchen Backsplash

I love the color and style a backsplash can bring to a kitchen! In fact, I recently won an award for Most Creative Space from Virgin Islands Property & Yacht thanks to a design that featured a colorful backsplash; my award-winning Gull Reef project showcased a complete kitchen transformation with tile as the focal point. Keep reading to learn why backsplashes are an important part of any kitchen.

My award-winning backsplash adds beautiful color and life to this kitchen.
My award-winning backsplash adds beautiful color and life to this kitchen.

Why Add a Kitchen Backsplash?

The backsplash is where your kitchen can really shine! Spec homes often do not include fully tiled backsplashes because this is really a way to personalize the space. I encourage all my clients to choose something they love that will help accent to overall design.

As technology in stone crafting marches forward, water jet cut mosaics are becoming more accessible and the variety of designs and materials is expanding rapidly. Suppliers like New Ravena offer backsplashes that are made to order and truly works of art. Other vendors, like Marble Systems, offer beautiful looks with less lead time and cost.

What Should Homeowners Expect?

Homeowners should consider how to finish the edges and be sure to get the right pieces to finish it off. Don’t skimp on professional labor; detailed work that is prominently placed in your home should be done with the utmost care by a tile setter with plenty of experience!

Labor rates vary widely across the country and in the Caribbean; I expect to pay about $65 per hour for an experienced installer. When it comes to materials, it’s possible to find something beautiful for $30 per square foot, but the truly custom designs may run more than $200 per square foot, so shop carefully! Custom designers are worth it though; buy what you love and don’t be afraid to wait! You will be looking at it and enjoying it for many years.

Backsplashes are a great way to add color, texture and life to your kitchen. If you are interested in a backsplash, I am experienced in designing and setting, and would be happy to help you add the perfect backsplash to your kitchen. Contact me today to get started!

About Lagnappe Custom Interiors:

Lagnappe Custom Interiors is a full-service interior design firm specializing in bringing the small niceties to a home or commercial space that make it memorable, functional and yours. Based out of St. Thomas, Lagnappe [LAN-YAP] is led by Tiffany Cassidy who enjoys working with clients to create a home that reflects their style and needs. Tiffany marries her artistic and scientific sides together to bring the residents of the Virgin Islands and continental U.S. an interior decorating service that manages the complex and turns it into beauty. Her goal is to not only make a home prettier, but in doing so, make your life better. Visit for more information.

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