Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Creative Ideas for a Kitchen Backsplash

by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Today's kitchens are all about style and function along with value, hence the popularity of kitchen cabinet refacing. If you're looking for a way to add pizazz to your kitchen in a relatively inexpensive way, consider installing a kitchen backsplash. There are a variety of reasons that homeowners find backsplashes appealing:

  1. Backsplashes can establish a focal point for the room. While backsplashes can cover all the walls above your countertops, sink, and stovetop, typically the areas over the sink and stove are larger, and here the backsplash design can create a focal point for the kitchen.
  2. Backsplashes can help protect kitchen walls from food, heat, splashes, and spatters. Backsplashes are typically made from water- and grease-resistant, easy-to-clean materials, which can help keep your walls cleaner (and hide occasional splashes) better than a plain wall alone.
  3. Backsplashes add style to your kitchen. Variety is the spice of life, and plain walls don't do much for decoration. Backsplashes are a way not only to add color and texture, but also to tie together some of the colors or designs of your countertop, kitchen cabinets, and appliances.

So what are some unique ways to add or change your own kitchen backsplash?

Backsplash Ideas for a Creative Kitchen

  • Create a broken-pottery backsplash. If you love the look of antique broken plates and pottery in the garden, why not include it in your backsplash to bring that country garden look inside? Find old or discounted tile and pottery. Break the tile and pottery into the desired size and apply it to your wall like tile.
  • Install a pressed copper backsplash. Pressed copper has designs imprinted into it, so you can have the warm gleam of copper along with a pattern that brings texture to your walls.
  • Pop out some of your old tiles. In the place of the bland tiles you displaced, add colored tiles in a particular shape or pattern. Repeated over the wall, this can add spice and variety to your kitchen's backsplash.
  • Paint a mural. If you're of an artistic bent, painting a custom mural on your kitchen wall can really increase the unique factor of your kitchen backsplash.
  • Cover your walls with art. Put pictures, prints, sketches, or illustrations on your wall. Then cover with a clear plastic sheet so that the art is visible, but the backsplash is water-, grease-, and splatter-proof.

Adding a backsplash to your kitchen is a simple project that shouldn't take too much time, but can really add character and style to your kitchen.

About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre

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