Do You Need A Backsplash For Your Bathroom Vanity?

Backsplashes are a hot topic, especially when it comes to bathroom vanities. Lots of people have lots of questions. Do you need one? What purpose do they serve? If you opt for one, what kind of backsplash should you choose? Let’s explore the answer to these questions and more!

What Is a Vanity Backsplash?

Let’s start with the basic definition of a backsplash. A backsplash is a type of wall covering — usually tile, but sometimes metal or another impermeable surface — that covers the wall above or behind your vanity. A typical backsplash extends about three to four inches from the top of the vanity’s counter, but there is no hard rule for this. Some people opt to tile the distance between the top of the counter and the bottom of the mirror, and others enjoy big backsplashes that extend a foot or two above the counter. In cases where the vanity is small or not present — such as when the bathroom has a pedestal sink — the backsplash can extend some distance below the top of the vanity or go all the way to the floor.

Why Choose Bathroom Vanities With a Backsplash?

While backsplashes aren’t technically necessary (many bathrooms don’t have them), there are two reasons they’re still a good idea. First, as the name suggests, they protect the wall behind the vanity from splashes and damage. Between splashing water and various toiletries, the wall behind your vanity can take a lot of abuse. A backsplash not only prevents any damage to the drywall, but it also provides an easy-to-clean surface when trying to scrub away spots of toothpaste or other substances that end up splattered on the wall. The second reason backsplashes are a popular choice is because they look great. A beautifully designed backsplash can add a lot of style to your bathroom.

What Materials are Best for Vanity Backsplashes?

The key to remember is that backsplashes should be impermeable since the primary function is to prevent damage to the wall. In other words, don’t try to make a backsplash out of wallpaper! Instead, popular material choices include tile and metal. Ceramic tile is perhaps the most popular backsplash option, but glass and stone tiles are quite popular, too. Metal sheets and metal tiles are less popular as backsplash options. However, you can still find several options, especially if you enjoy the look of brushed metal or if you want stamped metal that features an interesting pattern.

Vanity Length & Backsplash Height

Backsplashes can range from 4 inches to 8 inches in height. However, 4 inches is the most common for bathrooms. Ideally, the height of your backsplash depends on the length of the single- or double-bathroom vanity. For instance, if you have a long vanity or one with a double sink, a higher backsplash can help protect the walls and add aesthetic. Some homeowners even prefer to extend the backsplash up to the ceiling.

Backsplashes are made from natural stone, glass and ceramic tiles. The latter features styles such as mermaid, subway and diamond tiles. What’s more, bathroom vanities with a backsplash can give your room a focal point.

Popular vanity sizes include:

Backsplash Design Ideas

When it comes to design choices, the sky is the limit! Often, backsplashes are designed to make a statement, which means they should stand out from the rest of the wall. Here are some ideas and tips:

  • Match the backsplash to the vanity’s counter to extend the color or pattern up the wall.
  • Create a bold geometric pattern.
  • Use bright or bold colors to turn the vanity wall into a color-blocked statement.
  • Use the backsplash to strike a color, pattern or textural contrast. Choose a color opposite the wall color, a pattern that departs from your wallpaper pattern, or a matte texture that contrasts with a glossy mirror and countertop.

As you can see, there are many reasons to install a backsplash. It’s all part of creating a modern look and feel in your bathroom. Speaking of modernizing, if you’re planning an upgrade to add style and function to your bathroom, you’ll probably need fixtures and finishing touches that complement your new backsplash. 

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