I do want to point out that a backsplash is not just for aesthetic value in your kitchen. If you add some sort of tile or stone on the wall behind your kitchen it will help protect the drywall from liquids that splash up on it when cooking. If you don't have a backsplash then these spots could cause dry rot which if you know anything about a remodeling project, this can be a costly repair that you probably do not want to take out of your pocket!
In addition, trying to get stains such as spaghetti sauce off your walls, is not easy. The backsplash is designed exactly for that, "back" "splash" - you know the back-splash of food that flies up on your walls when you are preparing that tasty meal for your family and guests.
It's one of those things that is form and function of your kitchen remodel. It prevents food from staining your nicely painted walls and it can add such aesthetic value to the entire kitchen design. If you visit our website or schedule a consult with our sales team, you will see all the different backsplash designs we have in our portfolio and how much many of them act as the focal point of the kitchen design and have such great artistic value. It becomes one of the first things you notice when you walk into the kitchen, especially if it has some contrasting colors to your countertops or cabinets.
In terms of design, it is important to look at the amount of space you have between your upper cabinets and lower cabinets. If the space is small, I recommend a horizontal backsplash because it will trick the eye into making the space appear larger. If you have a very vibrant, busy countertop you may want to stick with a more neutral tone. But if your countertop is more of simple color or pattern I say go bold, make a statement with your backsplash and add that focal point to your kitchen!