Stove Backsplash Ideas

Explore helpful stove backsplash ideas, and get ready to install an attractive and useful backsplash in your kitchen.
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Photo by: Paul S. Bartholomew

Paul S. Bartholomew

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're installing a new backsplash in your home or updating an old one, your focus is likely going to be on the area where the cooking takes place. As such, consider some stove backsplash ideas before making any style decisions.

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The options for kitchen backsplashes are just about infinite in terms of style, materials and budget, so even before you begin exploring ideas for your stove backsplash, you'll want to make some key decisions.

First, consider what material you'll use for your stove backsplash. There are many choices in terms of backsplash materials, but a few common ones can be found in the majority of homes because of their durability, ease of maintenance and attractiveness.

Ceramic tile is one of the most common backsplash materials. It's widely available in a vast array of colors, styles and textures, and it's one of the most inexpensive backsplash materials, as well.

Glass tile is also quite popular, offering a generally inexpensive but lively, bright and often colorful design option.

Granite, stone and other natural or composite materials are also commonly used in backsplashes, whether in tile form or as larger pieces. These higher-end materials will mean an increase in budget, but also a stunning and long-lasting stove backsplash.

Stainless steel is another popular option for stove backsplashes. Stainless steel appliances are quite popular, offering both a sleek appearance, great durability and a surface that wipes clean easily. The same is true of stainless steel stove backsplashes, for which the low-maintenance factor is especially important.

When you've decided on the material for your stove backsplash, it's time to determine the style, color, texture and amount of material you'll need. To figure out the latter, simply measure the square footage of the area you wish to cover. Determining the look and feel of the material you'll use will be more art than science, and you'll need to rely on your style instincts—as well as your desire to match or divert from the overall style of the kitchen—to determine the color, texture and patterns you'll use.

When you've decided on the style of the stove backsplash and sourced the materials needed, it's time to turn your attention to installation. You've got two options here: the DIY route, or professional installation. Depending on the complexity of the job and the difficulty of working with your chosen backsplash material (some tile materials are easier to configure, cut and secure to the wall than others, for example), as well as your own level of DIY expertise, you may choose to hire a contractor to install your backsplash or, if you're confident in your abilities, save some money by installing it yourself.

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