Copper Backsplash Ideas
If you're looking to add a durable and visually interesting asset to your kitchen design, you may want to start by exploring the full range of copper backsplash ideas.
Focus on Function
A small kitchen cannot accommodate homework, mail storage, laundry duties and recipe hunting. Unless you don't cook at all, the small kitchen's main chore is meal prep. So focus first on function, making sure you have the appliances and work areas you need. You may be able to save a bit of space by using scaled-down or innovative appliances, including refrigerator and freezer drawers and pint-sized microwaves, stoves (some with just two burners) and single sinks. If workspace is at a premium, consider a small-scale island or a counter-topped cart that can be rolled into a closet when not in use.
Open Up Cupboards
Tiny kitchens can feel claustrophobic when cabinets are towering overhead. Many cooks can't reach what's in them and the overall feeling is boxy and closed in. Get organized and trade the top cupboards for open storage. Consider shelving, pot racks and magnetic knife or spice holders instead. Your kitchen will look more spacious and serve up display space for your favorite dishes, shiny pots and pans, or artwork.
Mix Up the Materials
Because your kitchen may be short on interesting architectural details, it's up to you to add the all-important style via compelling countertop surfaces, cabinetry, fixtures, flooring, lighting and color. To ensure a cohesive look, create a mix board with samples and swatches of materials under consideration. One tip: Using the same color and style of fixtures and cabinet pulls can help unify a look.
Go for Glass
One of the easiest ways to visually expand a kitchen is to incorporate glass. Try a glass counter or tabletop, tile, door cabinets or kitchen doors that lead to the outside world or to the next room. Mirrors, in a backsplash or strategically placed around a room, or pass-through windows into the next room, also lighten up the look.
Visually Expand With Lighting
A small kitchen requires a combination of task and atmospheric lighting. To counteract the bluish cast of fluorescent lighting and add drama, install pendant lights in the eating area, incandescent lighting underneath upper cabinets and incandescent spot lighting above cabinetry. Lighting can also be installed under base cabinetry so it shines down onto the toe plate.
Invest in Flooring
Where does the eye go when one walks into a room? Often it goes down — right to that dust bunny or scuffed floor. That's why flooring in a small kitchen is so important. Linoleum in a checkerboard pattern can be really eye-catching and relatively inexpensive. Since square footage is small, you may be able to afford a beautiful tumbled marble. Marble tends to be cold and hard underfoot, but the impact may be worth it. Or try cork, a beautiful — and eco-friendly — choice.
Go Bold With Color
The color of walls, appliances, counters, stools — even the dishtowels — can change the atmosphere and perceived size of the kitchen. Pastels or light colors, with good doses of white, reflect light and draw the eye up, making ceilings appear higher. Bold colorations can be very effective in smaller kitchens. How about some Porsche red metal cabinets with celery green walls and a banana-colored concrete countertop?
Embrace the Space
Rather than using tricks to visually enlarge the space, consider embracing your kitchen as-is. Instead of going light or sleek, opt for country cozy. Make sure there is a little nook where you can sit with a visitor knee-to-knee. Or choose a rich dark color that creates a sophisticated feeling — and use accessories that emphasize that look. The kitchen is small, yes, but it sure is inviting.
A copper backsplash can lend a unique, high-end aspect to any kitchen, with the added benefit that the copper will evolve over time, via exposure to air and moisture, deepening in color and even developing natural waves and patterns within the metal.
Copper backsplash designs are available in a wide range of colors, textures and patterns. The simplest form of copper backsplash is a straightforward, flat and smooth piece of copper, or an array of flat, smooth copper tiles. Available in several hues, from light to dark brown copper, this simple but elegant design can be a great addition to any kitchen. If you'd like to explore designs that add more visual interest, however, these are also in abundance.
Though durable, copper is one of the softer metals, meaning it can be easily manipulated into patterns and designs. Arrays of punches, dents, designs or scars in the metal can create tremendous visual interest, turning an everyday backsplash into a piece of art. To find the right style of copper backsplash for your kitchen design, you'll simply need to explore the offerings at your local home improvement store or tile specialty retailer—or via any number of online sources for metal backsplash materials.
When you've decided on the style, color and texture of copper backsplash you'll feature, it's time to determine how much copper material you'll need. This decision will be driven by a number of factors, including your budget for the project, the surface area you need to cover, how you use your cooking space, and how much visual impact you want your copper backsplash to have within your kitchen design. Copper isn't an inexpensive material, so depending on your budget, you may want to look into a more low-profile backsplash in order to stay on target financially. If your cooking style creates significant spatter on your kitchen walls, however, you may have no choice but to opt for a design covering more surface area. Once you've considered the various factors at play, determine the amount of copper material you'll need by measuring the surface area and calculating the square footage.
When your copper backsplash material is in hand, it's time to install your luminous new kitchen feature. For copper backsplashes that are a single piece or several large tiles, a self-install probably won't be too much trouble, as you can likely use an adhesive backing to attach the copper pieces to the wall. If, however, you've opted for an array of smaller copper tiles, your installation may be more complex, which will require cutting and sizing the tiles to precise measurements. It's still not outside the realm of DIY for homeowners with decent skills in this area, but if you don't number among them, you may want to save the trouble and hire a professional to install your new copper backsplash.
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