Awkward -- That’s what they are.
There’s no better word for them. I’ve mentioned this before.
When you have a backsplash on the back wall at your kitchen countertops, and you don’t NEED to put a backsplash on the short side walls -- because there will be no water or grease splattered there anyway -- then please...
Don’t do it - IT'S AWKWARD. It just kind of hangs up there in mid-air without a proper place to stop.
See what I mean?
If you have a short backsplash, something 4" or 6" high, or my fave....the 2" slab backsplash, it’s easier to get away with a side backsplash.
The backsplash visually blends in with the countertop, making it feel married to that. And it doesn't end up being so high up on the wall, all by itself.
Left: This backsplash really didn’t need to turn the corner. It could’ve been left on the back wall of the kitchen. But at least it’s not 18” high!
If you’re in a kitchen, and you’re doing the countertop-to-upper-cabinet-18”-high-backsplash, it’s best not to wrap that around to the side wall if you don't need to.
As I always say... Transitioning materials on an inside corner is always best.
And if you want tips on where to end your kitchen backsplash, I've got more definitive info HERE.
NEED MORE HELP ON KITCHEN BACKSPLASH DESIGN?
Check out this content upgrade on backsplashes, available in my outlet shop.
I've written so many posts about them, including Designed in a Click reader Q and A example posts, that I can't keep track 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.