Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Backsplashes December 07, 2017 10:16:11
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 artistic expression doesn t line up with your idea of a cool backsplash you may want to consider some non-traditional materials or even traditional ones in unique textures and colors. For example stainless steel copper and tin backsplashes can be found in colors and patterns that can lend a truly stunning visual aspect to any kitchen design. Granite or even ceramic tile can be scored manipulated and colored to your exact specifications via tile specialty retailers. And some homeowners even opt for wood backsplashes which can of course be stained and painted to reflect exactly the right amount of cool to suit your style.
If you re looking for a more high-end design than ceramic tile can provide you may want to consider granite tile. Popular for kitchen countertops and floors granite tile is also often employed in backsplash design providing an elegant and durable option for those in search of a long-lasting top-of-the-line look. As with ceramic tile granite backsplash tile will be available in a wide range of colors and textures from slate-like matte finishes to rough-hewn pebbled styles. Colors choices abound as well and many granite retailers can source or even dye their products to your specifications if you don t see the hue you re looking for in the showroom.
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).
Once you ve decided on the material you ll use for your small kitchen backsplash it s time to determine how much of it you ll need. To do so simply measure the surface area you re looking to cover. This can be anything from the entire wall space between the countertops and cabinets a smaller portion thereof or for a truly grand design the entire wall space between your countertops and ceiling.
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.