Bored with your builder-grade backsplash? The latest trend in kitchen interior design is to install a backsplash that incorporates a fun pattern or lively pop of color. These easy and affordable backsplash ideas for the kitchen can help brighten up an otherwise ordinary space.
Mezzanotte and Mosaic Tile
Consider going with a colorful hand-painted Mezzanotte tile for an artistic look. When going with a statement backsplash, you’ll want to keep the countertops and cabinets simple or you’ll risk the kitchen looking chaotic and overdone. A mosaic style backsplash made of hundreds of tiny tiles offers the color of Mezzanotte without the steep price tag, and it’s more versatile to work with since there isn’t a pattern to it.
If you’re not ready to commit to a bright color, consider using basic white tiles but arranging them in an interesting pattern. Oblong white subway tiles arranged into a chevron or herringbone pattern are popular, and create visual interest without tying you to a color scheme or looking too “loud.” Tiles with a textural variation or a pearlized finish are another good way to mix up your boring backsplash while sticking with a monochromatic look.
Brick veneer backsplash tiles are a good way to set off a more rustic or industrial style. These tiles look like individual bricks but are actually square tiles with a thin layer of faux brick on top. They come in a variety of shades that can bring an urban or country feel to your kitchen, depending on your color choice. Faux wood plank tiles are another option if you’re a fan of the “Fixer Upper” farmhouse aesthetic. For a really inexpensive kitchen makeover, look for the stick-on version of the brick or wood veneer tiles, and you can completely renovate your kitchen yourself in a single weekend.
Modern Look and Easy Updates
For a sleek, modern, and cohesive look, consider replicating the material your countertops are made of onto the wall as a backsplash. This is particularly striking if you use a white granite or marble in a minimalist kitchen. Also, consider man-made faux marble which would bring the cost of this option down significantly.
An accent medallion that goes over the stove is an easy way to update a boring backsplash without committing to a major renovation project. Rather than ripping out all of your existing backsplashes, you could put in a decorative accent piece without disturbing the rest of the walls.
Whatever option you choose, your newly updated kitchen is sure to increase the resale value of your home and bring a smile to your face every time you walk into the room.
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