Tin Backsplashes

Whether you are seeking a vintage-inspired kitchen or one that has modern appeal, a tin backsplash can add just the right finishing touch.
Tin Backsplashes

Tin Backsplashes

Tin metal backsplash with faucet and sink area. Photo Credit: Susan Cato

Tin metal backsplash with faucet and sink area. Photo Credit: Susan Cato

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

What once served as a decoration for ceilings, tin has become a durable, easy-to-clean option for designing the focal point of many kitchens: the backsplash.

Cheap Versus Steep: Kitchen Backsplashes

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Cheap: Painted Backsplash

To achieve a bold look without breaking the bank, paint your kitchen's backsplash a bright color that enhances the room's style. Design by Judith Balis

Photo By: Designer, Judith Balis

Cheap: Wallpaper Backsplash

An inexpensive alternative to tile or stone, wallpaper is an attractive kitchen backsplash option that is available in many styles and colors.

Mid-Range: Glass Tile Backsplash

If you don't have the cash to fill your entire backsplash with glass tile, try installing a simple row of tile for a touch of color at a fraction of the cost. Design by Amy Bubier

Photo By: Designer, Amy Bubier

Mid-Range: Ceramic Tile Backsplash

Ceramic tile is an inexpensive backsplash option that's low-maintenance and available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Design by Jessica Williamson

Photo By: Designer, Jessica Williamson

Steep: Glass Tile Backsplash

An option for larger budgets, glass tile backsplashes offer distinct dramatic flair and an easy-to-clean surface. Design by Dave Stimmel

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Steep: Stone Tile Backsplash

For an upscale look, opt for a backsplash made from natural stone, such as marble, granite or travertine. Incorporating glass or metal into the design is sure to create a stunning focal point. Design by Helen Richardson

Photo By: Designer, Helen Richardson

Tin backsplashes are typically made from sheets of tin that have been pressed with a decorative, ornate pattern. In a manner that is similar to tiling a floor, these tin squares are cut to fit the size of a backsplash and then mounted onto a wall using an adhesive or tacks. The end result is a charming and gorgeous backsplash area.

While tin tiles can certainly be purchased at many home decorating stores, some people choose to use repurposed and reclaimed tiles that come from a home's ceiling. Many tin tiles come in a silver or copper finish, but they can also be primed and painted to better match a kitchen design.

Other tin backsplash ideas include corrugated tin or tin sheet rolls that can be cut to match the size of a backsplash area. The wavy, unfinished look of corrugated tin will pair well with a modern or rustic kitchen design, while tin sheet rolls are an interesting option for people looking for a more artistic effect. These rolls can be left flat, but they can also be hammered with a variety of tools to create a design of your choice.

Of course, faux tin tiles can also be purchased at home improvement stores, giving the look of tin while providing a less expensive option for a budget-conscious kitchen design.

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