Wednesday, 08 May 2013 18:53

8 Statement-Making Kitchen Backsplashes Beyond Basic Tile

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Look to metal, glass and even wooden crates for an attention-getting backsplash that might even save you some money

Put your own personal stamp on your kitchen design by adding a bold backsplash. Go beyond standard tile and try playing with unconventional materials — an unusual backsplash can help you spice up your kitchen without having to dish out a ton of money for a full remodel. Have you thought about using industrial metal sheets? Antique glass or mirrors? Cork or copper? A unique backsplash can quickly take your kitchen from boring to beautiful.

Explore some of my favorite bold backsplashes here — they just may inspire you.

traditional kitchen by Goforth Gill Architects

1. Tin.

Repurpose an idea from the past by using tin for your backsplash. This is a great way to bring an old-fashioned element into a newer kitchen.

If you're on a budget, consider faux tin tiles; many manufacturers offer really affordable ones.


modern dining room by InHouse Design Studio

2. Copper.

Copper works great on a home's exterior, but it can look just as beautiful inside a house. A textured finish, like on this backsplash, can often add more warmth than a standard sleek one.

modern kitchen by Morgante Wilson Architects

3. Antique mirror.

Treated to look like a mirror that has given way to the elements, this material has become a great way to add bling to your kitchen.

Manufactured antique glass comes in a variety of styles and colors from light to dark. It often works best in small, infrequently used spots, because the mirror doubles everything — including fingerprints and splatter spots.

contemporary kitchen by CG&S Design-Build

4. Cork.

Not just for the wine connoisseur, this eclectic backsplash style works for just about anyone who has the time to find the corks and install them.

If you're not a collector, you can buy wine corks from the restaurants and bars that save them

contemporary kitchen by Laidlaw Schultz architects

5. Stone.

Stone blocks are subtle but beautiful, and can add much-needed organic flair to modern kitchens. Although they're often used on fireplaces, stone tiles can make for a wonderful surprise on a backsplash.

However, choose your stone carefully — some are very porous, collect dirt and dust, and are difficult to clean.

traditional kitchen by Ward-Young Architecture & Planning

6. Sheet metal.

Cost-effective sheet metal is available at just about any hardware store and can be installed immediately, with minimal experience needed.

Keep in mind that most metals, other than stainless steel, have the potential to rust when they come in contact with water.

kitchen by ridalco

7. Diamondback metal.

Trying to get creative on a tight budget? Head to your local hardware store and search for some diamondback textured metal (in the same aisle as sheet metal) to add some serious edge to your kitchen.

Keep in mind that this material will give your kitchen a very different look that some people might consider cold. It's probably not the best choice for a home about to go on the market.

traditional kitchen Our New Kitchen

8. Wooden crate tops.

If you like to buy wine by the case, collect crate tops to create this wine lover's design.

Most wooden crates are unstained and unsealed, so whatever comes in contact with them is likely to cause some damage. If you don't want to seal the tops yourself, use this backsplash in a spot that doesn't deal with a lot of water or liquids, like this butler's pantry.