Helaine Mallory Kitchen Backsplashes December 09, 2017 14:00:17
Once you ve settled on the scope of your creative backsplash project you re free to start brainstorming ideas for the materials and theme of the backsplash. It s definitely possible to install a creative backsplash using common materials like ceramic tile or stone in traditional styles like mosaic or subway but if you re looking to flex your creative muscles you ll likely want to explore more non-traditional materials. Reclaimed and repurposed materials—from punched tin ceiling tiles to things like bottle caps coasters used gift cards and even pennies—can make for an impressively creative and visually appealing backsplash in your kitchen. Most creative backsplash ideas that incorporate found materials like these will require some DIY investment from you in terms of time (to research and find the right materials) and budget (to purchase the materials unless they re already in abundant supply). But what you spend in terms of sweat equity and research time you ll more than make up for in cost savings by not having to hire a contractor or pay high prices for more traditional materials.
If assembling a backsplash from uniquely repurposed common materials doesn t fit your plans but you still want to create a fun and funky backsplash design in your kitchen you may want to consider a backsplash of lacquered paper. Using heavy duty scrapbook paper featuring interesting designs and bold colors can give you an efficient attractive and unique backsplash at a fraction of the cost for one constructed from tile metal or stone. If this approach is appealing all you ll need to do is procure some heavy duty paper then glue or paste it to the wall. Once it s up coat it with a finish that will allow you to easily wipe it clean without damaging the paper.
Before you decide on a theme or materials for your unique kitchen backsplash you ll want to define the scope of your project. Measuring the surface area of the walls above your kitchen countertops to determine the square footage is a good place to start but keep in mind that you don t always have to cover the entire wall with the backsplash. Many homeowners choose to cover only the portion that will actually get "splashed" during cooking or cleaning covering anywhere from 25% to 75% of the wall s surface area.
When you ve settled on the scope materials and style for your inexpensive backsplash design it s time to get to work. The only question remaining is who s actually going to do the work in question. A DIY backsplash installation will save you a significant amount of money versus hiring a contractor to install your backsplash design. Depending on the complexity of the design the surface area that needs to be covered and your general handiness you may be able to install the backsplash yourself without too much trouble. Conversely if you don t have the requisite time or expertise to install the backsplash you may need to hire a contractor which will likely impact your bottom line and other considerations like scope and materials.
Wood is another fairly inexpensive option for your backsplash. This really brings in a warm rustic feel to your kitchen. This option would work best in a space that doesn t already have wood or laminate floors but you could really get creative with the type of wood as well as the placement of the wood (vertical horizontal or even a zigzag placement).
Stainless steel is another popular option for stove backsplashes. Stainless steel appliances are quite popular offering both a sleek appearance great durability and a surface that wipes clean easily. The same is true of stainless steel stove backsplashes for which the low-maintenance factor is especially important.