Upgrade with These Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

If you love your home, you are all looking for ways to spice up the various rooms in which you spend the most time. If you love to work on your car or truck, it’s the garage that will grab your focus. If you love to cook, your mind turns to the kitchen space. If you are anything like my wife and I, there isn’t a whole lot of money left after paying bills to spend a lot on any type of upgrade, in the kitchen or otherwise. We love to read home decor and kitchen magazines and have seen many kitchen backsplash ideas in these magazines. So, we decided to make some changes to our kitchen backsplash but we didn’t want to break the bank and we didn’t! Instead of jumping right into it, we looked into our options.

Metal Options

metal kitchen backsplash

Here is a pressed aluminum backsplash idea.

One very popular option for a kitchen backsplash today is to use metal. Yes, metal! Of late, various options of metal sheets are available for the backsplash of your kitchen. You can buy them in sheets at your local big box store so you don’t have to go to a specialized kitchen or home store to find them.


Stainless steel, aluminum, pewter, and copper are popular options because they are easy to clean and are durable. With a set of tin snips you can easily tailor the metal to fit the dimensions of your backsplash. You could even complete such an upgrade in an afternoon if you have the proper adhesive and the desire!

Tile Backsplash

backsplash tiles

Here are some glass tiles used in a backsplash design.

Installing tile on your kitchen walls in the backsplash area is another extremely popular option that is available for the homeowner. This is a little more detailed and intricate as it requires you to cut the tiles to fit your backsplash area. You will have to either buy or rent a tile cutter which includes a diamond blade saw. We actually bought one of these when we installed tile on our kitchen floor. You don’t have to spend a lot of money but it requires some skill to use one and I would say an intermediate level of DIY skill. There are many different types of tile from which you can choose but you should be able to find a style and color to match your kitchen’s decor and the effects will be dramatic.

Paint or Textured Wallpaper

This is probably the easiest and most economical option for the homeowner. One thing that you have to consider with paint and wallpaper is that they need to be washable. The backsplash is an area that can get messy and greasy because it is bordering your stove top and will need to be cleaned often. We decided to use textured wallpaper for our backsplash area because it was economical for us to purchase and we could just attach it to the existing tile which was out of date. We didn’t even have to remove the tile which saved us a whole lot of work. My wife was able to find a color and texture that worked perfectly in our kitchen. What is also great about it is if you aren’t happy with it after a few years, you can just cover it!

If you are also considering the various kitchen backsplash ideas available today, one thing I can tell you is, if you choose wisely, the difference it will make to the decor of your kitchen space will be dramatic. You’ll also wonder why you didn’t make the change many years earlier!


Submitted by the folks at lifeinkitchen.com

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