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Update Your Kitchen in 6 Easy Steps

A stylish backsplash can do wonders for your space

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

If you want to achieve a new look for your kitchen without doing any major renovations, you can always experiment with backsplashes. “Function and personality are two of the most essential things you need to remember when deciding on your kitchen backsplashes,” shares interior designer Martina Bautista.

Finalizing the look and style of your backsplash will be easier with the help of these tips: 

Choose function over design

Always remember that the kitchen is one of the busiest areas at home. It is best to work with high quality materials that can stand the test of time. A wooden backsplash may serve as a pretty accent at first but since it's not waterproof, the texture and quality may deteriorate over time.

Be resourceful

If you can’t do any renovations for your rented space, opt for a temporary update for your kitchen. “For renters, assuming their rented kitchen already has a slight backsplash upon turnover, I suggest playing a little and using the space to either hang frames or plates using adhesive hooks or even sticking those vinyl decals to make it a little bit more interesting," Martina suggests. However, if you are allowed to paint the backsplash and you're renting the space for a long time, a pop of color or chalkboard paint can help liven up the space.

Go for warm colors

According to the psychology of color, hues like orange and yellow can be used in the kitchen as it refreshes your palate and adds warmth to your space. "I always love yellow and other warm colors in a kitchen. Warm colors are always more energetic than cool ones, but always have a balanceeven if only shown through your yellow or orange accessories," Martina shares. 

Photo by Vincent Coscolluela.

Ask for professional advice

When it comes to renovation projects, it’s always best to ask help from a pro to avoid errors and extra costs. However, if you want to work on a DIY project, consult a professional and ask if he or she can help you outline the steps beforehand.

Add personality

The interiors of your home should reflect your style and personality. After all, the kitchen should be an inspiring haven for cooking. For her current project, she worked with tiles that have pastel blue accents to match her quirky lifestyle.

Do your research

Make sure that your chosen style or color work well with your interiors. Find inspiration from design magazines or websites and ask your designer if your peg is feasible. Collaborate with your designer for any major decisions regarding your kitchen’s style and scheme.

Photo by Marc Jao.

Got renovation concerns and inquiries? Get in touch with interior designer Martina Bautista at: martina.bautista[at] You may also visit her website.

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