9 Out-of-the-Box Kitchen Backsplash Ideas We're Loving
Skip the tile and try something totally unexpected in your cookspace.
I’ve got a problem. I’m addicted to kitchen backsplashes. There, I said it.
I’m not sure where this backsplash obsession came from or whether or not it will ever end, but since we’re being honest, I should further confess that about once a week I like to hop onto Pinterest, type in “kitchen backsplash,” then spend WAY too time scrolling through backsplash porn.
By far, the most common types of kitchen backsplashes I come across are tile and stone. (And I love me some tile and stone.) But lately, I’ve been venturing into the world of more non-traditional kitchen backsplash ideas. And wowza — there are some good ones out there!
I’ve rounded up 9 of my favorite out-of-the-box backsplashes for those of you who, like me, like to mix things up a bit in your kitchen.
Chalkboard paint has opened up a whole new world in design and decorating, and it’s now made its way into the kitchen.
This is a fab, inexpensive option for your backsplash that can really add a lot of fun and interest to your space. You can use the chalkboard to keep grocery lists, to-do lists, recipes or even drawing space for the kids.
Make It: Chalkboard Kitchen Backsplash
Kurt Hettle; Design By: Michelle Ruber, Encircle Design and Build
Wood is another fairly inexpensive option for your backsplash. This really brings in a warm, rustic feel to your kitchen. This option would work best in a space that doesn’t already have wood or laminate floors, but you could really get creative with the type of wood as well as the placement of the wood (vertical, horizontal or even a zigzag placement).
This idea is definitely a bit quirky, as I’m guessing buttons are likely not already on your backsplash options list. However, for a midcentury modern or more vintage-inspired home, it could be just the right amount of fun you’re looking for.
For a super colorful option like this, a cleaner, more neutral counter and cabinet color would be a great way to go.
Get Inspired: Button Backsplash
This is a fun, creative way to honor your friends and family with a giant photograph as your backsplash. While any photo would work, going with an older black-and-white family photo really adds an element of vintage cool to your space.
If you have several walls in your kitchen, you could do a few different photos, or simply use one large photo to add some continuity.
Make It: Create a Vinyl Photo Backsplash
Chris Campbell; Design By: Luke Perisich, Blue Sky Building Company LLC
If you’re a wine lover through and through, why not try a backsplash made entirely of wine corks? If you happen to have a wine refrigerator or cabinet, you could try this backsplash in the area you store your wine. It’s a fun way to document and keep track of all of your wine adventures by saving and using your corks.
Get Inspired: Wine Cork Backsplash
While wallpaper can be quite expensive on its own, for a smaller space like a backsplash area, it’s actually a pretty economical choice.
With all of the wallpaper options these days (regular, temporary, handpainted, vinyl), you really can get creative if you want to go for this look. For a more bold look, have fun and choose a bright, patterned wallpaper. Or if you want to go with a more subdued approach, try a simple striped or polka dot paper.
Make It: $100 Half-Day Wallpaper Design
Contrasting Paint Color
For a very simple, super economical backsplash option, try using a contrasting paint color. For the most impact, choose a color that will really pop against the palette of the rest of the kitchen. To add an extra element of interest, consider a different paint finish (if you used an eggshell paint on the walls of your kitchen, consider a glossy finish for the backsplash). This will also really help your backsplash pop.
While this won’t necessarily cover all of your backsplash space, simply using framed art is a great way to create an easy, bold backsplash. You can hang larger pieces of art on the wall. Or a super easy fix, try leaning a series of framed art up against your counter.
This is another fun option that I just tried in my own kitchen: a basket backsplash. My love of baskets meant that I had quite a few extra ones lying around from all my flea market/thrift store shopping. So I decided to choose a fun mix of sizes and styles and simply nail them to the backsplash area of my kitchen wall. (I made sure to leave easy access to outlets/light switches.) If I ever want to switch things up or take it down altogether, these are also easy to remove.