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JUN 2019

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one of three ways. For a clean, minimal design vibe, he'll use the same material for both, with a full-height backsplash. A second option is to match the backsplash to an element with- in the countertop, such as veining that might run through a quartz or natural stone. A third variation is to be complete- ly different… "something bold and fun," he says. "In one kitchen we're designing now, we have simple gray and white cabinets with a bright green backsplash and white counter- top. A lot depends on the design of the cabinets. If they're 'busy,' then we'll do something simple for the backsplash and countertop, and vice versa." For Lisa Tharp, Lisa Tharp Interior Architecture + Design in Boston, MA, adjacent rooms also factor into the equation. "I often design kitchens that are open to other spaces in the home," she says. "This leads me to downplay the tell-tale kitchen aspects of the room. I typically hide all appliances with furniture-like cabinetry, with the exception of the range, which I treat like the 'hearth' of the room. And instead of a tile backsplash, I opt for alternatives such as stone, porcelain, stainless steel, painted wood planking, quartz or even ribbed glass installed on the reverse so the pattern shows through while the flat side remains easy to clean. I've even been known to hang non-investment-grade art on the range backsplash. I love breaking the rules in kitchen design." Sometimes it's the lack of a traditional kitchen backsplash that garners the most attention, especially in rural homes such as this one where Milford Cushman used a wall of windows to serve as the backsplash behind the sink. Now his clients can enjoy the view of the mountain range. Cushman added granite countertops in a warm, dark hue that complements the color of the cabinets and the floor. Photos: Susan Teare 42 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019 COUNTERTOPS & BACKSPLASHES

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