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What types of backsplashes do people in southwestern and western part of U.S. seem to prefer?

Stone and Glass Kitchen Backsplash

Award-winning designer Lori Carroll, who resides in Arizona, says a mix of tumbled stone and glass tile is a popular combination for backsplashes in the Southwest.

Lori Carroll, Interior Designer: I use a lot of mosaics in my backsplash designs. Not your classic shards of tile arranged in colorful murals, but a natural compilation of tumbled stone and glass. Especially in the southwest that combination of solid and translucent appeals to our relaxed and informal lifestyle. Tile layouts can include everything from simple squares to random waterfall patterns.

Verdict: A great way to incorporate interesting texture to a backsplash is by mixing materials, especially contrasting textures like glass and stone.