Cool Backsplash Ideas

Get inspiration from these cool backsplash ideas, and get ready to install an eye-catching and unique kitchen backsplash in your home.

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By: Sean McEvoy

If you're looking to update an existing backsplash or install a new one, and your goal is to create a unique, eye-catching design for your kitchen, you'll want to explore a wide range of cool backsplash ideas for inspiration.

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Luckily, many homeowners have trod this path already and installed cool and creative kitchen backsplashes you can source ideas from, to ensure that your kitchen backsplash will be a visually stunning conversation piece for years to come.

When it comes to cool backsplash ideas, the first step is to consider whether you want your backsplash design to match your overall kitchen design or offer a style departure of sorts. If you're considering a unique design, there may be elements of the backsplash that connect to the overall kitchen design—for example, colors and textures that can be found elsewhere in the space—but it's likely that the overall style will be a singular expression of style within the kitchen.

There are almost infinite options when it comes to creating a cool kitchen backsplash (and of course, every homeowner's definition of "cool" will be different). Many homeowners seeking a creative design will focus on the backsplash as an opportunity for artistic expression. If this approach appeals to you, there are several ways to approach the design, from a collection of found objects (examples include everything from bottle caps to old gift cards—basically anything durable that can stick to the wall and wipe clean easily) to a mural of tiles depicting anything from a street scene to a classic video game level to a renaissance-style painting.

If artistic expression doesn't line up with your idea of a cool backsplash, you may want to consider some non-traditional materials, or even traditional ones in unique textures and colors. For example, stainless steel, copper and tin backsplashes can be found in colors and patterns that can lend a truly stunning visual aspect to any kitchen design. Granite or even ceramic tile can be scored, manipulated and colored to your exact specifications via tile specialty retailers. And some homeowners even opt for wood backsplashes, which can of course be stained and painted to reflect exactly the right amount of cool to suit your style.

When you've decided on the style for your cool kitchen backsplash, it's time to figure out how much material you'll need. You can do this by measuring the surface area you want to cover—likely anywhere from a small portion to the entirety of the walls between your kitchen's countertops and cabinets—and then sourcing the square footage of material needed to cover that surface area. For almost any type of tile, wood or metal backsplash, your local home improvement store or tile specialty store should offer a wide range of options.

After settling on the scope of the backsplash, you'll just need to decide if you're going to install it yourself (this will require considerable home improvement expertise, time and elbow grease), or have a professional install your cool new kitchen backsplash.

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