At RIKB, we use tile and stone for backsplashes in a number of the kitchens that we design. However, backsplash creativity has been ramped up several notches lately. Our clients are often thrilled when we help them make distinctive design statements with nontraditional backsplash materials. Here are a few unique options for you to consider:
Paint: Using a contrasting paint color as a backsplash is a simple and extremely cost-effective option. Use a bold bright color that pops against the rest of the kitchen. We also play with different finishes, specifying glossy for the backsplash contrasted by a matte on the walls ceiling.
Chalkboard: It’s cost-effective and can add a lot of fun to your space. Write a recipe on the wall in front of your stove or cooktop, keep a running grocery list, to-do list or a simple inspirational quote!
Wood: Another cost-effective backsplash material that can exude an aura of warmth and a rustic feel. Often, we’ll recommend this when our clients have not opted for a wood or laminate floor. Wood offers a blank canvas and can be placed horizontally, vertically or in a zigzag pattern.
Wine corks: Oenophiles consider using wine corks as your backsplash. Using wine corks as the backsplash behind a wine refrigerator in your kitchen just shouts cool.
Wallpaper: Often times wallpaper as a backsplash material isn’t considered, but it can really set a kitchen apart. Make a bold statement with a bright patterned wall paper. Alternatively, use a simple stripe or polka dot paper for a more subtle look.
Artwork: Artwork won’t cover all of the backslash space, but using framed pictures is a creative, easy and cost-effective way to make a distinctive design statement.
Buttons: Buttons are most appropriate for a mid-century modern or a vintage type of home. It’s a conversation starter and allows you to play with multiple colors. Best paired with neutral colored cabinets and countertops.
These creative options help our clients consider alternatives to traditional tile and stone, which also remain very popular. Let us know if you would like us to help you explore different backsplashes for your new kitchen. Call our Design Center at 401-463-1550 or visit us at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI.