Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Backsplashes December 10, 2017 07:44:58
When you ve chosen the materials for your kitchen backsplash you ll want to consider the style that s best for your kitchen. You can almost always use the backsplash as an opportunity to add color and visual diversity to your kitchen—although particularly expressive designs tend to be best in a kitchen that otherwise features an understated minimalist look. Conversely if your kitchen design features intricate cabinets or elaborate countertops you may want a more relaxed feel for your backsplash so as not to create visual overload.
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.
One of the first decisions related to your kitchen backsplash design will be scope—just how much backsplash do you need? For some kitchens especially smaller ones a few tiles extending up from the countertops and ringing the room can be plenty; anything more extensive might run the risk of overwhelming the space. For larger kitchens countertop-to-ceiling backsplashes aren t entirely uncommon as grander executions like this can optimize the use of available space and create a dramatic effect or build on an existing theme.
Copper backsplashes have become more common in recent years offering a long-lasting visually appealing choice for anyone looking to install or update a kitchen backsplash. These have the added benefit of evolving over time—as the copper is exposed to air and moisture its color will deepen and change often lending a beautiful worn and weathered look to the backsplash.
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.
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.