9 Unexpected Backsplash Ideas

    9 Unexpected Backsplash Ideas

    May 10, 2021

    There are many places that benefit from protective wall coverings, whether it's your mudroom, a coffee station, your bar cart, or a bathroom. Backsplashes are a fun way to add pattern, color, and personality, but they're also hardworking, defending walls from splashes and spills. A smart use of materials and a thoughtful approach can create stylish backsplashes in every room of your home.

    CREDIT: WERNER STRAUBE

    Add Peel-and-Stick Tiles

    Protect your walls from dripping detergent and drying laundry with peel-and-stick tiles. This backsplash solution is a quick weekend update and easier to install around existing cabinets and appliances than grouting and setting real tiles. Available in a variety of styles like classic subway tile and rustic wood planks, there's likely to be something to match your home decor or provide the perfect opportunity to try a new look.

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    Get the Look of Stone

    You’d never guess this marble-style backsplash is actually laminate! The stunning 180fx by Formica Group Black Painted Marble adds durable drama in a neutral palette. The classic look of marble never goes out of style, and a vertical application takes advantage of a trendy floating vanity. Plus, you can easily customize the backsplash to fit your space, with fewer seams and less maintenance than grouted tile.

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    CREDIT: WERNER STRAUBE

    Sneak In Hidden Details

    Dedicated bar areas have the potential for troublesome spills, including red wine, juice, and sticky syrups. These usually compact areas let you make use of less common or more expensive backsplash materials. In a small space, a backsplash can really pack a style punch. This clever wet bar boasts a stone countertop and backsplash that protects the entire sink area. It's an unexpected luxury, as the bar area is usually hidden in a living room cabinet.

    CREDIT: DAVID TSAY

    Install Scrubbable Wallpaper

    Try wallpaper for a budget-friendly backsplash that cleans up easily. It also lets you get creative with non-traditional shapes and profiles, which is much harder to do with traditional tile. Make sure to search for scrubbable versions, which are resistant to moisture. Plus, today's temporary wallpapers make it easy to update your backsplash when you want a change.

    CREDIT: KIM CORNELISON

    Add a Beaded-Board Backsplash

    The entryway is a hardworking introduction to your home. As the first place guests see, you want it to look good, but it also needs to stand up to daily use. A paneled backsplash in a similar shade as the foyer walls offers extra protection where shoes, bags, and coats are dropped. Alternatively, an extra-tall baseboard is an incognito backsplash that protects walls from splatters at the shoe drop.

    CREDIT: ADAM ALBRIGHT

    Boost Function in a Desk Area

    Home offices and workstations are seeing more activity than ever before, and the walls behind our desks are prone to pen marks, coffee splashes, lunch spills, and more. But they're also valuable real estate for inspiration and planning. A bulletin board backsplash protects the wall and makes it useful. Dress it up with paper that can be changed when you fancy a new look. A chalkboard offers similar functionality; a dramatic desk-to-ceiling installation gets a finished look from a wood frame. Or try a modular approach that mixes multiple hardworking materials like chalkboard, pegboard, cork, whiteboard, or papered surfaces.

    CREDIT: JOHN BESSLER

    Personalize a Kitchen Backsplash

    Highlight your personal interests with a show-stopping custom kitchen backsplash. An image applied to the wall behind a sheet of glass lets you dedicate significant wallspace to something you love. It adds all the color and pattern of tile without the grout lines.

    CREDIT: JOHN GRANEN

    Install Wainscoting

    When designing a breakfast nook or banquette, consider easy-to-clean backsplash ideas. Running tile or beadboard up the walls behind seated dinners can help save them from accidental splatters. Wainscoting provides similar protection with a more traditional look. Alternatively, raise the backs of banquette seating and use durable, washable fabrics that can easily be wiped down.

    CREDIT: JIM FRANCO

    Choose Colorful Grout

    Colorful or contrasting grout is a simple way to make a backsplash stand out, no matter the material or application. The unexpected use of color adds bright personality, and regrouting can change the look of existing tiling. If your style is more traditional, make an interesting backsplash tile arrangement the center of attention with contrasting grout, such as this white herringbone backsplash finished with black grout.

    Original Post from: https://www.bhg.com/kitchen/backsplash/mosaic-tile-backsplash/