A lot of messy activities happen in the kitchen, making a backsplash a great idea for any cooking area. In addition to protecting walls where the culinary commotion occurs, a backsplash can also be a great way to add interest, charm and style to the room. No matter what you’re hoping to achieve, there are endless colors, textures and materials you can use to get the look you want.
While there’s nothing wrong with an elegant tile backsplash, there are other innovative options to consider as well. Below are some of the latest and greatest original backsplash ideas, and some cool classic styles to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Ceramic Subway Tiles—
Completely on-trend, these white tiles are most commonly combined with white grout for a clean, contemporary look.
With their modern-yet-vintage vibe, subway tiles are a great way to create a neutral or monochromatic feel, or brighten up a darker kitchen.
2. Glass Tiles—
Glass tiles have a watery flow and reflect light beautifully, working well with any style of décor to give the room an oceanic, soothing tranquility.
If you’d like to open up a kitchen, the clear luminescence of glass tiles (or one large, solid sheet of painted glass, if you prefer to skip the grout) can make a small room feel bigger, and look beautiful.
3. River Rocks or Pebbles—
If you’re a fan of rustic design and like to incorporate nature into your home, using small, smooth rocks as a backsplash can make your kitchen walls reminiscent of a relaxing retreat.
Garden stones in natural colors, brightly-colored rocks, or even seashells can be used, with grout gently smoothed between to make the surface waterproof as well as pretty.
4. Tin Tiles—
Formerly spotted adding character to ceilings, decorative tin has become a popular way to lend eccentric charm and vintage appeal to kitchen walls, with the benefit of a reflective surface to brighten shadowy under-cabinet areas.
Tin tiles come in sheets of embellished metal to be cut and placed in large pieces, or individual tiles if preferred, and silver, bronze or classic copper are popular color choices.
Be sure to treat tin backsplashes with a waterproofing coat of polyurethane to prevent rust.
5. Brick Wall Tiles—
The same thin tiles made from brick to cover other walls (often used to create an exposed-brick effect) can make great backsplash tiles in a kitchen when used with grout and sealant to eliminate the porous surface.
This backsplash looks exceptional with Tuscan design, adding an old-fashioned, classic feel, but can also complement a rustic modern design with its raw simplicity.
6. Chalkboard Backsplash—
Chalkboard paint is a popular option for anyone, but works especially well for those with kids, busy lifestyles, or a penchant for creative expression.
Chalkboard paint is already a waterproof sealant, so all it needs is a quick wipe-down when messy. And bonus: You can write down your recipe for dinner or grocery list without having to leave the kitchen.
7. Mosaic Magic—
If you are artistic, or have an artist in the family willing to help, broken pieces of tile, glass, ceramics, glass beads, and anything else you choose can be glued to the wall in a beautiful design or pattern.
Grout is used to fill in the areas between the works of art, with a sealant applied to protect the masterpiece at the end. Mosaic design is a great way to add character to a flat, boring room, but also works well will eclectic design.
8. Stainless Steel Tiles—
Especially if you have a very modern kitchen, stainless steel tiles are a smart and timeless option, with their metallic sheen that matches any wall paint color or countertop.
Like decorative tin, stainless steel tiles can make a room feel brighter and bigger by reflecting light—and be sure to get a polished version of this metal for easy cleaning.
9. Marvelously Magnetic—
By using white dry erase board, you can actually make the area behind your kitchen counters into a place to hold magnetic lists, picture frames and anything else magnetic you love.
Hardware stores often sell large dry erase boards, and will cut them into your required shape and size, so measure twice and bring your calculations with you to try this unique DIY backsplash idea.
As you can see, tile, metal and magnets are some fun ideas to get you started, but the sky is the limit when it comes to covering the backsplash area of your kitchen. Don’t forget that favorite artworks, photos, maps and wallpapers can also adorn walls to give you any vision you can dream up. Use the ideas above to get your imagination moving, and have fun with it.