Material for Wall behind Stove
We are putting in a freestanding stove (with a 6-inch backsplash attached) that will have a cabinet/counter on each side. It seems ceramic tile is the most common material used for the wall behind this area. But I have grout-phobia and can already see splashed spaghetti sauce and grease spots on the grout. My husband is for tile, saying the grout doesn't need to be white, so dirt won't show, plus if it's sealed well, it won't be a problem. I'm not convinced.
I'd like to hear the experiences of others, and what other materials people have used. When I said why not just paint it, he said he doesn't like unprotected (other than paint) sheetrock behind a gas stove.
Thanks for any insight on this.