Stainless Steel Backsplashes
If you're ready to install an efficient, low-maintenance, stylish new backsplash in your kitchen, you'll want to explore the full range of options for stainless steel backsplashes.
Ceramic subway tiles are decorative and durable, making it a great backdrop for a cooking range. Designer Rebekah Zaveloff used a ceramic white tile backsplash to carry through the monochromatic theme in this all-white kitchen.
A Good Mix
Mixing different materials in a backsplash creates a one-of-a-kind design. Designer Helen Richardson used light green tumble marble for the majority of the backsplash and added diamond-shaped stainless steel accent tiles to give it an unexpected shine.
Shine or No Shine
Designer Ammie Kim wanted to give this kitchen a modern look by creating a unique backsplash. The glass tiles in the backsplash alternate between glossy and etched, complementing the glossy stainless steel appliances and honey maple cabinets.
The small clear glass tiles in this backsplash make the perfect backdrop for the stainless steel double stack hood. Designer Gail Drury combines the sparkling backsplash with stainless steel appliances for extra shine.
Stainless steel offers a number of advantages, ranging from durability to the fact that it can be integrated into just about any kitchen design.
Stainless steel backsplashes are becoming more common in homes as many homeowners update the original design of their kitchens to reflect a more contemporary or even modern aesthetic. As is the case with extremely popular stainless steel appliances, stainless steel backsplashes provide an understated but sleek and refined design option for anyone looking to add both visual appeal and efficiency to the kitchen.
One of the chief benefits of a stainless steel backsplash, apart from its durability and attractiveness, is the fact that it's an extremely low-maintenance choice. Unlike certain types of tile backsplashes, which may require intense scrubbing (particularly if they feature grout), stainless steel backsplashes will normally wipe clean with some cleaning spray and a wet paper towel or dishrag.
Another benefit of stainless steel backsplashes is their legendary durability. Stainless steel presents a particularly non-sticky surface for food spatter, moisture and other kitchen elements that might cause another type of backsplash to break down over time. In the case of stainless steel, the corrosive elements are often naturally repelled, or they can be easily wiped clean, adding to the durability and longevity of the backsplash.
As you plan your stainless steel kitchen backsplash, your first task will be to determine the square footage of stainless steel you'll need. Several factors will come into play here, including the wall space you have to work with, location of your stove and sink, and how often (and how messily) you cook. For example, if your kitchen is rarely used for cooking, you can probably get away with a minimalist backsplash. On the other hand, if you frequently prepare big, messy meals, you may want to consider countertop-to-cabinet or even countertop-to-ceiling coverage.
When you've decided on the scope of the project, it's time to source the stainless steel. Many backsplash specialty retailers and home improvement stores will have a plethora of choices to offer, including matte, shiny, stippled, punched and otherwise textured versions. In general, the simpler the stainless steel backsplash, the more easily it'll blend into any kitchen design—but ultimately, your choice will be driven by both your existing design and the vision you have for a backsplash that's equally eye-catching, efficient and long-lasting.
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