Glass Backsplash Ideas
When it's time to install a new kitchen backsplash or update your old one, glass backsplash ideas should definitely be in the running for your kitchen design.
Give It Some Shimmer
To create a sharp contrast against her modern white-lacquer cabinetry and Calcutta countertops, design blogger Nicole Cohen chose miniature stainless steel tiles for her kitchen backsplash. The metal tiles add an industrial edge and luminescent backdrop to the crisp white surroundings. Stainless steel backsplashes are eco-friendly, easy to keep clean and look especially gorgeous in contemporary settings like this.
Go Up the Wall
Nothing is more eye-catching than a sparkling mosaic backsplash. Designer Linda Woodrum created this kitchen's focal point by combining reclaimed stained-glass tiles in gray, white and yellow to create a stunning, detailed backsplash against the entire back wall. The colorful glass tiles complement the dark wood cabinetry and the kitchen's overall urban edge, while also integrating a bold dose of color to match the golden-yellow work island.
Make It an Illusion
To add some visual eye candy to her brand-new kitchen, HGTV fan cc_insidearch used gold glassed-curved tile to create a basket weave-patterned backsplash in the cut-out of her back wall cabinet unit. With bright backlighting and a reflective granite countertop, the glass tiles' iridescent finish appears especially sleek and shiny.
Use an Artist's Touch
To prevent this Mediterranean kitchen from feeling ancient Old World, designer Sarah Barnard used a modern backsplash technique, embossed concrete, to add a contemporary edge. A wide range of imprinting tools and embossing skins can be used to stain, stamp or add texture to concrete, creating a variety of classic appearances. This particular patterned backsplash suits the rich wood cabinetry surrounding it, and it also blends well with the other hues and materials within the room.
Create a Focal Point
The first thing you notice upon entering HGTV Dream Home 2010's kitchen is the dramatic floor-to-ceiling backsplash in soothing hues of aqua and turquoise. Designer Linda Woodrum wanted to ensure that the backsplash was the star of the kitchen by keeping the cabinetry low and by using soft, subtle neutrals in the surrounding decor. Inlaid in recycled aluminum, the sleek glass tiles coordinate well with the contemporary stainless steel furnishings, while also lending a colorful and artistic element to the space.
Give It a Uniform
To create a rich and natural look in this country-style kitchen, designer Joel Snayd used Carrera marble with a stunning pattern for the backsplash and countertops. The veins in the marble prevent the kitchen's all-white elements from appearing washed out. Considered a "living surface," marble can easily chip, crack and will acquire a patina over time, so proper care is essential to keep it looking beautiful.
Soften the Edges
The look of this industrial modern kitchen is softened by designer Randy Weinstein with an ivory subway-tiled backsplash and contrasting rich wooden cabinetry around it. Four open shelves allow the backsplash more function by providing visible storage space, while adding a decorative quality with eclectic dishware and accessories.
Warm It Up
To add visual warmth to this urban kitchen, designer Tina Muller used tumbled natural stone along the walls for the backsplash. When paired with stainless steel appliances, white fusion granite countertops and dark-chocolate maple cabinetry, the backsplash instantly appears clean and contemporary.
Unify Your Design
In this contemporary kitchen, designer Erinn Valencich takes the glossy blue-gray backsplash all around the room to create a unified design with elegant and romantic appeal. The mosaic glass border, with hues of brown and blue, provides a sufficient dose of color and pulls in the scheme from the adjacent dining room for a consistent look that appears subtle yet captivating.
Share Color Schemes
This stunning gray backsplash makes a colorful statement against crisp white-lacquer cabinets and countertops. "The backsplash is so highly reflective that it looks wet and reflects so much light around the room," says designer Samantha Pynn. To further play up the backsplash, she coordinated the gray tiles with gray living room decor, such as the sofa and other accessories, for an open and cohesive look.
Your options for a new backsplash will be vast, from common ceramic tile to ultra-high-end natural stone and granite—but a glass backsplash can be an economical, attractive and low-maintenance option.
If a glass backsplash is definitely in the cards for your kitchen design, you've already done some of the hard work by deciding on the material you'll use for your backsplash. Next up, you'll need to figure out the area of kitchen wall space you want to cover with your glass backsplash, as well as the style, color and texture of glass you'll use.
To perform the first step, a simple measurement is in order—but before you reach for the tape measure, think about how you use your kitchen and how bold you want your design to be. If you cook often and generate a good amount of cooking and cleaning spatter, a slightly larger backsplash may be in order. On the other hand, if your kitchen is mainly a repository for food deliveries, you can probably get away with a more low-profile backsplash. That said, you also may have a vision for a backsplash design that's a visually stunning, countertops-to-cabinets affair (or even countertops-to-ceiling, for a particularly dramatic approach). Whichever amount of coverage you decide on, mark it off, measure it and calculate the square footage to determine how much glass material you'll need.
Now that you've got the figure in hand, it's time to decide on the style and type of glass you'll use for your backsplash. Your choices will range from a sheet of clear glass over decorative wallpaper to frosted, leaded, opaque or brightly colored sheets. There's also a wide selection of glass tiles in every conceivable color, pattern, shape and texture. Ultimately, the glass style you choose for your backsplash will reflect your own personal design aesthetic, and with an almost infinite array of choices, you should have no trouble finding the style that's right for you. To explore the options, your local home improvement or tile specialty store is a good place to start, and you can also dive into the many tile retailers online for an even larger selection.
When you've settled on a style and sourced the material for your glass backsplash, it's time to move from the planning phase to execution so you can get your backsplash up on the wall. The choice is simple here—you can install the backsplash yourself, or you can hire a professional to install it for you. Hiring a contractor will but a bigger dent in your wallet, but it'll almost certainly save you time and the possible mental anguish of a botched installation. That said, if you've installed a backsplash before or are particularly handy, a DIY installation will be considerably cheaper. Plus, in addition to the financial reward, you'll feel the satisfaction of having executed a successful home improvement project.
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