Helaine Mallory Kitchen Backsplashes December 11, 2017 15:24:13
Creative backsplashes don t have to be made from found items though—they can be much simpler but just as colorful and visually appealing. Many homeowners looking to add a uniquely creative design to their kitchen have begun to feature "paper" backsplashes. Featuring interesting designs and bold colors on materials like heavy duty scrapbook paper old newspaper pages or even magazine image collages these backsplashes provide plenty of visual punch at a fraction of the cost of ones constructed from tile metal or stone. If you find this approach appealing all you ll need to do is procure the paper glue or paste it to the wall then coat it with a finish that will protect the paper and allow you to easily wipe it clean.
If you ve decided a new or updated backsplash is just what your small kitchen needs your first step will be to identify the materials you ll use for your backsplash. You ll have myriad choices from traditional backsplash materials like ceramic tile and glass to more high-end materials like stainless steel and granite. Your material choice will likely have everything to do with two factors: the style you re shooting for via your kitchen design and your budget. For anyone attempting to install even a small kitchen backsplash while maintaining a budget high-end materials may be cost-prohibitive. On the other hand if the design style you re trying to implement absolutely needs a granite backsplash despite a limited budget there are plenty of synthetic materials you can consider that will approximate the look of just about any natural stone or other material.
This is another fun option that I just tried in my own kitchen: a basket backsplash. My love of baskets meant that I had quite a few extra ones lying around from all my flea market/thrift store shopping. So I decided to choose a fun mix of sizes and styles and simply nail them to the backsplash area of my kitchen wall. (I made sure to leave easy access to outlets/light switches.) If I ever want to switch things up or take it down altogether these are also easy to remove.
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.
For a very simple super economical backsplash option try using a contrasting paint color. For the most impact choose a color that will really pop against the palette of the rest of the kitchen. To add an extra element of interest consider a different paint finish (if you used an eggshell paint on the walls of your kitchen consider a glossy finish for the backsplash). This will also really help your backsplash pop.
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.