The functional use of a backsplash is to protect the wall, but the right backsplash can do so much more for the aesthetics of your kitchen. It brings in color, texture, and pattern to the space. It can either be the star and liven up the space or quietly play a supporting role highlighting another element in the kitchen like the countertop. It can also be the unifying element bringing cabinets, countertop, floor, and other finishes together. Because it is a vertical surface like the cabinets it draws your eye to it. So much visual responsibility in one element!