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An upright surface or border, as of tile, that protects the wall behind a sink or stove.


1. (Architecture) any tiled area by, for example, a sink, cooker or bath to prevent damage to a wall by food or water splashes
2. rowing the water that splashes towards the bow of a rowing boat when an oar hits the water



paneling, as that behind a kitchen countertop, to protect against splashed liquids.
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Kitchens offer walnut-stained wood cabinetry with under-cabinet task lighting and honed Kashmir granite countertops with alternating bond Arctic the backsplash, and a stainless steel KitchenAid refrigerator, Bosch range, dishwasher and microwave.
His solution was to build a half-wall that serves as a counter backsplash on the kitchen side and a stair rail on the other.
Kitchens include shaker-style cabinets, volcanic-tone countertops with glass backsplash, and Grohe faucets with stainless-steel appliances.
But a backsplash is rarely touched, so you can enjoy this gleaming look without too much hassle.
Q: When I had kitchen cabinets and counter tops installed, the carpenter cut part of the wall to make everything fit, but he left a -3/4-inch-wide gap in the wall just above the backsplash, and along its full length.
Broken or abandoned china: Even if it is no longer of service on the table, china can become a serviceable and spunky mosaic backsplash.
The counter butts against the base of the window frame, so the wall-spanning window doubles as an eye-catching backsplash.
Edge and backsplash treatments are covered, and of course, there's a special Photo Gallery area for visitors who just want to dream.
As these two examples demonstrate, a well-designed backsplash can be an integral part of the kitchen, complementing or reinforcing decorative themes found elsewhere in the room.
They combined hard-edged steel cabinet and appliance surfaces with rich, warm, buttery yellow marble for the center island and the backsplash.
The frosted glass look is repeated on a backsplash behind the cooktop, but with one difference: before the backsplash glass was secured to the wall, its back was painted icy blue-green.