Open Shelving Backsplashes: A Guide

D&B Tile frequently helps our clients with their kitchen tile backsplash projects in Miami and throughout the rest of South Florida. That’s why we offer a convenient Kitchen Backsplash Tile Calculator on our site, and it’s also why we we’ve extensively covered kitchen backsplash designs. 

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Backsplash tiles can be used in any room of your house, though. This is especially true in homes that put open shelving on their backsplash tile.  

Today, we’ll discuss everything you need to know when putting together a backsplash shelving design. This includes the reasons why open shelving has become so popular, as well as the factors to consider when choosing both the tile and the shelving. 

Why Open Shelving? 

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It makes sense that open shelving has become so popular. Along with creating a very open look in a room, it’s also a convenient form of storage. There are all kinds of items you can keep on open shelves, including: 

  • Books 
  • Plants 
  • Art 
  • Plates 
  • Glasses 
  • Mason Jars 

Generally speaking, you’ll want to choose aesthetically pleasing objects, since they’ll be displayed for everyone in the room to see. Anything that’s boring to look at can go in a cabinet! 

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Choosing the Right Shelving 

Shelving can be made from a variety of different materials. Which one you choose will depend on the room’s overall aesthetic. For instance, our friends at WhyTile recently discussed the advantages of using natural wood, which can provide a rustic look. 

Along with aesthetics, you need to consider practicality. You want to make sure that your shelf can hold enough weight to support anything you place on top of it. All shelving has a maximum weight capacity, which you’ll need to consider when getting open shelves. 

Thicker shelves are sturdier than thinner ones, for instance, and the deeper a shelf is, the less weight it can safely hold. You'll also have to keep in mind that different materials have different maximum weight capacities. 

That said, when buying open shelving, it’s most important to consider the brackets that hold the shelving in place. These brackets are likely to be the weakest area, which means that their maximum weight capacity will determine how much you need to place on the shelf. 

Choosing the Right Tile 

At D&B Tile, we’re big proponents of ceramic, since it’s: 

  • Easy to clean 
  • Moisture-resistant 
  • Long-lasting 
  • Good for the environment 

That said, there are many different tile materials you can use for your open shelving backsplash. 

You’ll also need to consider the tile’s design. Subway tile is a popular backsplash option, but there are many different directions you can go. Some homeowners, for instance, like the look of herringbone. 

It’s also important to consider tile color. This means thinking about how it’s going to compare/contrast with not just the shelving, but also the objects you place on the shelving, or even other parts of the room. 

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You’ve come to the right place! For decades, our tile experts have helped homeowners, contractors, interior designers, and more find the tile that’s perfect for their project. We’re proud of the many great suppliers we work with. 

Whether you have any questions you’d like to ask or you’re ready to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We have stores located across South Florida, and we’re excited to help you find the best tile for your latest project!