One of the most popular kitchen design trends right now is the installation of a brick backsplash in the kitchen. Brick is timeless, functional, and visually charming. It’s also very easy to clean, despite popular belief. Brick makes the perfect backsplash for a kitchen.
An Easy Design Choice
When I remodeled our farmhouse seven years ago, I was faced with all kinds of interior design decisions. Some of the decisions were easier to make than others.
One of the easiest decisions to make at the time was installing brick in the kitchen. From the moment I saw a kitchen with a brick backsplash, I knew the warm, inviting, rustic look was what I wanted in our farmhouse kitchen.
The Number One Interior Design Rule: Follow Your Heart
While at the showroom of the tile supplier with the contractor and salesperson, they repeatedly tried to talk me out of the decision to install brick as the backsplash in the kitchen. I sat and listened to all their arguments against using brick in the kitchen, but I was not deterred. Their strongest argument against the design idea was their assumption that it was going to be hard to keep clean.
What they didn’t realize was that there was no talking me out of this design decision. My mind was made up, we were going to have a brick backsplash in the kitchen, period. Literally, there was nothing they could say in opposition to the brick that could change my mind. Nothing. Therefore, I selected my beautiful thin brick for the kitchen backsplash, ordered it, and had it installed.
Now, seven years later, I could not be happier that I followed my heart. I LOVE the beautiful brick backsplash in the kitchen. As a matter of fact, I love it so much that if given the option to design another kitchen, although I may change other things, one thing I would not change is installing brick again.
Brick Backsplash in the Kitchen
There are so many reasons to love a brick backsplash in the kitchen. Here are just a few reasons why I love it.
One of a Kind Look
Brick creates a unique look to the kitchen because no two bricks are the same. They are different colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Brick also creates a sense of warmth that, in my opinion, no other tile can, especially when it comes to a kitchen backsplash. Even the grout variation used between bricks can change the look and feel of brick in design making it more unique.
Brick is made from some of the earth’s most abundant and natural materials. With its long lifecycle, energy efficiency, minimal waste, and many recycling options, brick is one of the greenest choices you can make when designing your home.
The primary ingredient in brick is clay which is fired to around two thousand degrees Fahrenheit. This is why brick is classified as a noncombustible material. According to The Brick Industry Association, “Both the National Institute of Standards and Technology and BIA conducted separate fire tests that conclusively demonstrate that nothing outperforms good old-fashioned brick in a one-hour fire test.”
With the amount of cooking that happens in a kitchen, it seems to me that installing brick there is extremely sensible.
Easy to Clean
Yup! I said it. Brick is easy to clean even when it’s installed as a kitchen backsplash. In over six years, I have yet to have had a mess on the brick that I was unable to clean off. Not only that, but I don’t even need a special cleaner. Dawn dish soap, warm water, and a rag (or sponge) have always done the trick. Also, keep in mind, I cook several times throughout each day.
Brick Backsplash in the Kitchen is Timeless
I will leave you with this final thought… The reasons above lend themselves to why brick is naturally the perfect interior finish design choice. However, there is also a major reason why you find brick in not only historic homes but in modern homes too, it’s timeless.
Brick never goes out of style. It may change its appearance through different processes like “German schmear” or paint, but you rarely see brick removed altogether. In fact, you often see quite the opposite in interior design. Finding a hidden brick wall during a renovation is often like finding gold and every effort is made to highlight it.
If this post hasn’t convinced you to follow your heart and design your kitchen with a beautiful brick backsplash, I encourage you to check out The Brick Industry Association website. They share a ton of valuable information about brick that can help with your decision-making process.
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Thank you so much, Diane! I’m happy you enjoyed the post.
It looks so beautiful! We have brick backsplash around our sink and I love it.
Thank you, Rachel! I’m so happy you love your brick backsplash too.
I also have a brick backsplash and love love love it! Did you seal yours and if so what with?
Thank you, Tammi
Hi Tammi! I’m so happy you love, love, love your brick backsplash too. The brick is not sealed and it’s been holding up great. Thank you for stopping by!
This is great! Where did you buy it??
Thank you, David! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Here is a link to our brick backsplash: https://rstyle.me/+F7C8A4GR6Jp6ELBVvONCQw It’s also linked in the text.
This kitchen is fabulous! Do you happen to know the color of your countertops?
Thank you, Cortney! The countertop is granite and the color is Crema Valentina. I’m so happy you like it!
I LOVE this look. We are redoing our kitchen right now and yours is exactly what I am looking for. Do you mind sharing with me the paint color of your cabinets and island?
Hi Renee. Thank you, I’m so happy you love our kitchen! The cabinet and island paint colors are custom to the cabinet maker. However, the cabinets are off-white with an antique glaze. The island is similar to the color Lichen, by Fusion Mineral Paint. It also has an antique glaze on top of it.
Hi, I’m in the process of remodeling my kitchen. I’m looking at using brick for my backsplash. I love the color you used, do you know the color name? I’ve ordered several samples from Old Mill Brick, the colors look so different in my house.
Your home is lovely!
Hi Kerrie, a kitchen remodel sounds so fun! I hope you’re enjoying the design process. Thank you for your kind words about our home. I love a brick backsplash! I used Castle Gate, Old Mill Brick in our kitchen remodel.
I’m going to copy your kitchen in my New England Saltbox colonial!! Thank you!!
I’m flattered you like our kitchen, Susan! Thank YOU!
Hi! I love your backsplash, and I too will not be deterred! I have chosen this same color for my kitchen but am having a hard time deciding on what grout color to use. Do you happen to remember what color/type of grout you used? Thanks!
Hi Maria! I’m so happy you love a brick backsplash too! We used Grout Solutions and the color is Urban Putty.
Love this! So glad to have seen this right when we are beginning our remodel as it’s easier to convince the hubby when he can see a beautiful example. Thanks so much for sharing your resources. 🥰🥰🥰
Thank you, Marie-Rose! My pleasure to share. Happy remodeling!
Oh my!! This is exactly what I want. I’m hoping my Contractor can do this!! Love, love, love this!
I’m so happy you love our kitchen, Jackie! Thank you!
Absolutely love your kitchen. I have just purchased the brick but can’t find great solutions grout. Where did you
Buy. Thx you so much.
Thank you so much Janet! I believe our contractor got it through Lowe’s or Home Depot.
I really really want brick for my backsplash in my new kitchen, but I’m a truly messy cook—flour will land on it when I use my mixer, oil will spritz on it if I fry something too hot on the cooktop, or spaghetti sauce might splash against it when it gets left on the stove etc… can it hold up against that kind of abuse? If brick is not sealed, is it rough to wash?
You sound like me, Danae! I too am a messy cook. Our brick backsplash has held up to that kind of abuse and more. Dawn dish soap and warm water have served me very well when cleaning it all off the brick. If you decide on a brick backsplash, I hope you love it as much as I do!
I am so happy I found this!!! I told my husband and Dad that I wanted to do a brick backsplash and they both said things against it but I realize they just can’t visualize it. So I went out to the stores and found the right shade of brick and now there’s no stopping me!! I love your kitchen!
I’m so happy for you Lynn! I’m glad you stuck to your guns. You’re going to love your brick backsplash! Thank you for your kind words about our kitchen.
I love the brick! What color are the cabinets?
Thank you! The cabinet color is custom to the cabinet maker. However, it’s basically an off-white with a light coat of antique glaze over top.