Installing your own kitchen backsplash is a do-it-yourself job that is perfect for those uninitiated in the fine art of DIY. The process is pretty simple and straightforward and you can usually finish the job in a weekend. It’s also not that expensive to do and the results are not only instant gratification, but they can make a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your kitchen that will have you raring to go for your next DIY job.
If there is one thing that can be really difficult to do when installing your own kitchen backsplash, it would have to be making the decision on what materials to use for the job. With so many choices, that is the real challenge. Here, we reveal some creative and cost-effective kitchen backsplash ideas to help you decide.
Ceramic Tiles – Tiles are the most common choice for kitchen backsplashes because they not only look great, but they are extremely durable and can last for years. Plus, there are an infinite number of choices when it comes to tiles, from what’s in stock at your local home improvement store to shopping online from specialty boutiques. While some may not want the basic look of tile behind their sink, installing the tiles in a diamond pattern can create a truly magnificent look using regular, old-fashioned tiles.
Mosaic Tiles – If you have a crafter’s blood running through your veins, you may want to try your hand at creating a mosaic backsplash using pieces of glass and pottery. This technique takes longer to perform, but the results can be a work of art that is unlike anyone else’s backsplash.
Glass Tiles – Glass tiles are becoming more and more popular due to their extraordinary look and color schemes. These tiles are available in a wide assortment of styles, they are very easy to clean and they’re resistant to stains, unlike some porous ceramic tiles.
Stainless Steel – Stainless steel looks beautiful in the kitchen. That’s why so many new appliances feature it. Using stainless steel as your backsplash can really help bring your appliances and your kitchen together in an unbelievable way. The only downside is that this type of backsplash is very hard to keep clean and if you cook a lot, you may tire of it very quickly. Stainless steel, while gorgeous, may be best suited for a kitchen where minimal cooking takes place.
While these are perhaps the most common types of kitchen backsplashes found in homes, there are a number of modern alternatives that are beginning to invade countertops. Some of these new materials include:
• Natural Stone
• Cartoon Laminates
• Pressed Tin Tiles
• Plate Glass
• A Collage of Items Inserted into Resin
No matter what type of design you want for the overall look of your kitchen, there is a backsplash available to fit it. All it takes is a little creativity to find it
Dave Donovan is a freelance copywriter living in Atco, N.J. An electrician for 15 years, an injury forced him to pursue his true passion - writing.