Your backsplash can be the centerpiece of your kitchen, and a fresh, clean backsplash can go a long way towards making your cabinets and countertop look their best. Tile isn’t the one trick pony it used to be, and there are plenty of other materials you can choose from for a decorative backsplash. These days, do it yourselfers can find easy to install backsplash patterns at many home improvement stores. All you need is a free weekend and the will to take on a DIY project that will liven up your kitchen. Here are some trendy ideas for your new backsplash design.
Eco-Friendly – There are many choices for people who want to show off their style and their love of the environment. Recycled tile is a fun way to go when you are changing up your backsplash style. You can opt for either post-consumer products, which come from products such as recycled bottles and or repurposed counters, or pre-consumer products, which are made from unused but still in good condition materials that never made it to the end of the line. Choosing these recycled and repurposed materials is good for the environment.
Classic Subway – Even though it’s classic, the subway style backsplash is still something that many people enjoy. Perhaps it is because you can go in so many directions with it. Place the tiles side by side, or get funky and choose to use a diagonal or perpendicular/corner pattern. From standard black and white, to more interesting colors like forest green or salmon – as long as those little tiles are rectangular you’ve got yourself a subway pattern that is sure to look great for years.
Eye Catching Patterns – Get artsy. Make spirals or chevrons out of different colors. You don’t even have to make your own patterns, anymore. Some home improvement stores offer sheets of tile in already-beautiful patterns that you can simply purchase and install. Make sure your choice will mesh well with your existing cabinets, fixtures, and counters – and then go wild.
Create Your Own Art – If the pre-fabricated sheets of backsplash tile seem like they are the easy way out, you can always create your own piece of kitchen art. Mosaics are a great way to show your individuality while adding a functional backsplash to your kitchen. You can even use recycled material to mix and match tiles to create your perfect backsplash art.
Non-Tile Backsplashes – If tile isn’t your favorite material, there are plenty of other options. From recycled granite, rustic stone, treated reclaimed wood – as long as you can protect it from water (this is a kitchen, after all), you can create a unique backsplash for your home. Fabric covered in clear vinyl can give you a ton of color and pattern options, as can a mixture of reclaimed bottoms of glass bottles, and brightly colored acrylic sheets. It’s your kitchen, so let your imagination go wild.
Whether you are doing a full scale remodel with cabinets and counters, or just want a weekend project to change up the look of your kitchen, a backsplash that shows your individuality is a great idea. Take your time, and choose your materials wisely – then feel free to go wild with a trendy, eye-catching backsplash.
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