What is it about backsplashes; they always seem to be the first thing in your kitchen to wither and become an eyesore? By the same token, the backsplash is often one of the most overlooked opportunities to really get creative with your kitchen’s design—save for the fact that they can be a headache to remove.
The good news is, it’s not actually necessary to remove your existing backsplash in order to create a new one that will help redefine the look of the entire space. Here are a few ideas—from the simple to the more adventurous, that will help you to turn an eyesore into an eye catcher.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
As they say, often the simplest solution is the best. When you’re happy with the existing material that your backsplash is made of, but the shade strikes you as ugly, or institutional looking as is often the case, then a fresh coat of paint and a new color compliment might just do the trick. The best part of the paint solution is that it works over almost any material. You may wish to keep it simple by sticking to one solid shade, or add a little flamboyance by using a stencil to create design elements with a secondary color.
Get Rustic! Show Some Wood
Maybe you just crave that rustic look. If so, there’s no better way to bring a natural, comforting feel to your kitchen than reimagining that sterile backsplash as a gorgeous wooden centerpiece. All that is required here is some eye catching wooden boards or planks, some liquid nails or tight bond, and of course, your imagination. Should you desire a more streamlined look, you may consider using some prefabricated tongue-and-groove sections which can be pieced together for a more seamless appearance. The wood planks can be directly adhered to your existing material, and stained the hue of your choice in order to prevent the eventual wear and tear produced by steam and other moistures.
Try a Little Tin
In the past, because of its high material cost, tin was considered to be somewhat opulent when incorporated into a kitchen’s design motif. Now, owning to the availability of a number of faux tin products, this elegant look and feel is far more accessible at reasonable price. It is also a very effective alternative for use over tile because the texture of the tin will fill in any grout lines. However, you’ll want to think in terms of moderation when selecting this material; the designs imprinted on tin sheets are often very busy and detailed, and using too much may make your kitchen appear a little hard on the eyes.
Go Modern with Mirrors
The materials most often associated with a “modern” look and feel are generally cool metals, smooth stone or reflective glass. The brilliance and shine of a mirrored backlash is the best of these option when it comes to covering an existing backsplash with a sleek, modern alternative. Mirrored tiles are often sold in adhesive sheets and can be applied directly over textured material, and the smooth surface provides for an extremely simple clean-up. Moreover, the reflection will most certainly add a greater sense of space to any kitchen that feels a bit dark or cramped.
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