Materials for Kitchen Backsplash Designs

A kitchen with a modern backsplash.
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The kitchen backsplash can add a beautiful accent to your kitchen. It can be both functional as well as beautiful since it can be crafted from easy-to-clean materials such as ceramic and stainless steel, which are two of the most popular types of kitchen backsplashes. Whether you are changing the look of your backsplash or adding one, this can be a quick and easy way to brighten up an existing kitchen.

When selecting a backsplash it is important to have it match the fixtures in your kitchen, but not the appliances since they will change over time. The fixtures, however, are more permanent items in the kitchen.

Kitchen Backsplash Materials to Consider

When you are creating a kitchen backsplash consider these materials: ceramic or porcelain tiles, natural stone tiles, glass tiles, metal tiles, faux painting or durable wallpaper, and stainless steel.

Tile Backsplashes

The nice thing about using tile as a backsplash is that it comes in a variety of sizes, colors, textures, and shapes. It is even possible to have tiles custom painted to match any theme or design. In addition, a tile backsplash can be easy to install, as well as easy to clean. Many design experts say that you should consider keeping it simple by choosing the same tile for your kitchen backsplash as you’ve chosen for the floor—just in a smaller size.

Natural Stone Tiles

The most popular natural stone tiles are marble and granite. Of the natural stones, marble captures more detail than granite. Since marble is a softer stone, it is ideal for applications like kitchen backsplashes.

Metal Tiles

This material works well for use if you desire a country kitchen style backsplash. Brushed aluminum tiles are good for modern or 1950s retro design kitchens. The tiles can be installed across the entire surface, from the top of the counter to the bottom of the cabinets. They should match with the existing countertop as well as with the color of the faucets and lighting.

Glass Tile

A new design trend in kitchen backsplashes is glass. Textured glass tiles are usually installed between the cabinets and counters. The benefit is that they are easy to clean and are scratch-resistant.

Wallpapering Kitchen Backsplashes

Wallpapering kitchen backsplashes can dress up a kitchen with little work, especially with pre-pasted wallpaper since it is easier to apply. Ensure that you choose a wallpaper that is washable so that spattering from cooking and splashes can be removed.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Backsplashes

Stainless steel backsplashes are coming back in style because they can create a modern, streamlined look to your kitchen. These types of kitchen backsplashes are able to blend in well with stainless steel kitchen appliances like the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Other advantages to stainless steel kitchen backsplashes include being easy to clean and durable.