With the continuing trend toward neutral palettes, the backsplash offers an opportunity to inject personality to your look.
A slab backsplash is a luxury choice in marble, limestone, granite, quartz, concrete, or back painted glass. Regardless of your choice, remember the backsplash will be interrupted by electrical outlets and sometimes seams — two items you can consider at the elevation stage of your planning.
Photo courtesy of Legrand Canada. Product shown: pop-out outlet from the Adorne collection.
Outlet placement should be reviewed with your Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC) to make sure they’re spaced according to the requirements of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code – within 900 millimetres of any given point along your backsplash , which is the average length of small appliance cords. The rule was set so that no matter where you place your appliance, the cord will reach an outlet. So, if your countertop is three metres long, you’ll probably need at least two outlets along the backsplash, and you’re definitely going to want to find a way to blend them more seamlessly into your design. Pop-up outlets or outlets and electrical switches that match your backsplash are great options (available from specialty electrical retailers.) Your LEC will help you determine the right outlets that are approved for use based on your design and layout. It’s ideal to place outlets horizontally within the backsplash, and as close to the counter as possible to prevent visual clutter at eye level. Finally, if you’ve splurged on your backsplash, make sure to showcase it with the right lighting. Fibre optic rope lighting can highlight this feature.
If you’re painting the walls a dark colour or going with a vibrant colour choice for your backsplash, consider purchasing matching switches and outlet covers which will blend seamlessly with décor. These are custom order and can take several weeks, so plan ahead!
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