Are traditional backsplashes not your style? Pass on your standard brick patterns and white subway tile and opt for a backsplash that makes a statement. You can do much more with a backsplash than you think and we’ve got the proof! Check out these seven creative backsplash ideas that can take your kitchen design to the next level.
1. Pegboard or Beadboard Backsplash
Install a pegboard or bulletin board for a storage saving solution that also looks really cool and quirky. Use pins to hang cooking utensils and measuring tools, and make a display of the items that usually just clutter your kitchen cabinets and drawers. For another inexpensive and creative alternative to tile, beadboard works great as a backsplash and can be painted to match any décor.
2. Burlap Backsplash
Add a touch of southern charm to your kitchen with a burlap backsplash that is as cheap as it is unexpected. Cut the amount of burlap you will need and stitch the hemline to prevent the fabric from unraveling later on. Pin on to your kitchen walls using upholstery tacks that work with the kitchen theme (or just use clear adhesive) and you’ll be done with this easy DIY project that is perfect for a quaint, country style kitchen.
3. Chalkboard Backsplash
Children can be entertained while you prep meals and grocery lists will never go missing with a chalkboard backsplash. Not your average addition, a chalkboard backsplash makes a big impact and works nicely with kitchen cabinets that incorporate open shelving. Label shelves to give the room an eclectic feel that complements vintage and cottage style kitchen designs. Chalkboard paint is simple to use, and can be found at your local hardware or paint store.
4. Picture Frame Backsplash
Use different sized picture frames to cover the area between your kitchen cabinets and counter with photos of family and friends. You can hook frames over an old backsplash or check out #6 on the list for the perfect backdrop to your photo collage backsplash.
5. Interesting Patterns
There are many patterns that can be achieved using tile, such as herringbone or chevron, and even creative circular formations. You can also use two colors of the same style of tile to create an interesting design, such as an inlay within an inlay, which can turn a simple backsplash into a focal point in your kitchen.
6. Paper or Fabric Backsplash
You probably never thought of using paper or fabric to create a backsplash in your kitchen, but surprisingly it can be done! As a budget friendly alternative many homeowners are choosing to use fabric and even wallpaper for their backsplash by cutting a piece of plywood to fit the space, gluing on the material, and then covering with shellac. This simple alternative to tile provides a creative and affordable option for DIYers.
7. Mural Backsplash
Artists have taken to tile to create beautiful works of art that, when installed, transform into a stunning mural backsplash. Like a puzzle each tile holds a piece of the scene that comes together when placed in its proper form. This look is perfect for rustic style kitchens that have an “Old World” air to them, as we have seen this done to a similar effect in European kitchens for years.
8. Metal Backsplash
Metal is a great choice for a sleek, contemporary kitchen backsplash. It’s easy to clean, and there are a variety of metals to choose from, including aluminum, stainless steel, copper, gold tone, or bronze. You can even use textured or patterned metal celling tiles for a sophisticated look. Glass tile also comes in metallic finishes, such as silver, or copper, for a traditional backsplash that sparkles!