Tips for Creating Unusual Kitchen Backsplashes
When remodeling the kitchen, there are a multitude of different designs and patterns that you can use for the backsplash. While some may choose not to add an elaborate backsplash, for a truly unique and eye-catching room, a backsplash is a must-have and it also makes it easier to keep the kitchen walls clean. Instead of settling for a ho-hum, everyday style of backsplash, try some unusual decorating methods to really give your kitchen that one-of-a-kind look. Let the ideas below inspire you in your remodel.
Anyone can install tiles that are perfectly aligned on a backsplash for a uniform look, but if you are searching for a unique perspective, use broken tiles instead. Many home improvement warehouses and tile wholesalers will offer their broken tile pieces at a fraction of the cost of whole tiles. You can create a monotone look by using the same color tiles or create an eclectic backsplash by using tiles of different styles and colors. Not only can a broken tile backsplash save you money, but it can also give you a truly one-of-a-kind kitchen.
Marbles are not just for child’s play anymore. Use them as an embedded object in your backsplash. A bag of marbles is inexpensive and you have many different options about how to arrange them. Create a random look by pressing the marbles into the grout at random depths and intervals. Spell out a favorite phrase or word using the marbles for another unique look. The colors and the way the light bounces off of the marbles will give your kitchen a special quality that is hard to duplicate. Have fun with the combination of different types of marbles to get the look you ultimately want.
Capture your family’s handprints forever on your kitchen backsplash. While the grout is setting, have family members press their palms into the material to record their handprints. Embed small ceramic medallions near each handprint with the person’s name, age and the date painted on it. Your family will forever be close by with their hand prints on the wall. For added definition of the handprints, apply a different color glaze to the handprint itself.
The next time you go hiking or walking by the stream, pick up some river rocks to use in your kitchen backsplash. Smooth and beautiful, river rocks have a unique quality to them that makes them the perfect accent to a kitchen where a calm, soothing look is desired. You can also press a leaf into the backsplash medium to create a leaf print before the surface hardens. The combination of embedded river rocks and leaf prints will surely bring out the nature lover in all who spend time in your kitchen.
An unusual backsplash is a sure way to create a kitchen environment that will not soon be forgotten. When you combine the look of the backsplash with the right countertop and cabinet materials, your kitchen becomes a masterpiece. Do not be afraid to branch out to unconventional materials, as sometimes the most unconventional materials become the kitchen show stoppers.
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