Where do you end a kitchen backsplash?
Is there a rule to this? I've been asked this before.
Personally, I always try to go with the cleanest, neatest transitions on any job.
This one above, was done properly by the contractor on one of my jobs. It's perfection.
It all starts with the alignment of your upper and lower cabinets. Hopefully they are lined up perfectly, as they are above, where the splash can run from the top edge of the countertop to the underside edge of the upper cabinet.
The backsplashes below went just a little too far, probably because of the switch location that should have been moved over to fit on the splash. Backsplashes generally need to line up with the upper cabinet.
However, here's another backsplash ending issue.
This happens a lot when there are U-shaped kitchens with a peninsula bar — which is one of the reasons I’m not too fond of them. The upper cabinet isn't taken far enough down the wall, ultimately causing you to end up with the awkward situation of countertop needing a splash in a rather long segment with no uppers to run the backsplash into.
Honestly, for this, I think it's best to redo the upper cabinet. This is so unfinished looking that it really warrants a do-over. Imagine that cabinet running all the way across the counter to the end — not only would you get a nice, finished, thoughtfully designed look, but you’d also get a lot more cabinet space!
Oh, and make sure bullnosed pieces are used along the edge there to get a smoother, more finished transition.
Check out this content upgrade on backsplashes, available in my outlet shop.
I've written so many posts about backsplashes, including Designed in a Click reader Q and A example posts, that I can't keep track any more of what I've written.
I finally took some time to assemble them all here in this downloadable pdf for sale in my outlet. If you need a guide to help you make some decisions on your backsplash design, you should check it out.