8 Ideas For A Unique Kitchen Backsplash


Renovating your kitchen and don’t know what backsplash to choose? Often, the first idea that comes to mind is white ceramic. However, there are so many materials available on the market. From brick to wood to glass, you’re sure to find kitchen backsplash ideas, thanks to our renovation experts!

1- Exposed brick backsplash

Brick Backsplash

If you live in an urban area like Montreal or Toronto, it’s very possible that your wall is hiding brick. Though it is not a popular choice, leaving exposed brick as your backsplash is a great way to pay homage to the history of an older home. Since brick is porous, adding a protective barrier of plexiglass can help make it easier to clean. Painting the brick white can also add a contemporary feel.

2- Extraordinary ceramic

Ceramic Backsplash

Ceramic is the most popular choice for kitchen backsplashes. It’s important to know that choosing ceramic doesn’t mean you have to choose plain white tiles! There is a huge array of types of ceramic on the market, so you are only limited by your imagination. There are various choices of shape, colour and even texture. You can opt for a high gloss or matte finish, depending on your taste. Be mindful that high gloss finishes will show spots and stains more apparently than a matte finish. For 2020, matte black ceramic is an important trend!

3- Wood paneling gives warmth to your backsplash

Wood Paneling Backsplash

If you love farmhouse style, then wood paneling in the choice for you. It brings warmth to the space with its country charm. It comes in many widths and can be installed horizontally or vertically. For a more Scandinavian look, opt for a wider plank. 

4- Stainless steel or copper for an industrial backsplash

Metal Backsplash

Stainless steel is the cornerstone of any industrial kitchen. Whether it be for the countertops or the backsplash, stainless is a very low maintenance material. It can be found in single sheets or squares. Copper, which was in style for a long time, is making its way back into kitchens. Gold finishes are also being seen in high end kitchens. 

5- Vintage ceramic that is making a comeback

Vintage Ceramic Backsplash

We all remember seeing penny tile in our grandmother’s bathroom or in old urban apartments. By mixing them with a contemporary kitchen, you can make them stylish! Small hexagon tiles, a modern flair on the classic penny, are becoming a popular trend in kitchen backsplashes. They are available in ceramic or marble. Scalloped tiles are also returning, giving the look of flower petals or scales. 

6- Spotlight on natural stone backsplash

Natural Stone Backsplash

Natural stone is all the rage in kitchens! As a constant top trend, it’s used for countertops as much as for backsplashes. It can go behind the range hood or even cover it. Marble, granite and quartz are among the most popular natural material choices. 

7- Glass for a contemporary touch

Plexiglass Backsplash

For an ultra modern look, plexiglass or glass is a great choice. Plexiglass is an inexpensive choice that is easy to install. To add a bit more flair, consider putting up wallpaper behind the plexiglass. It’s fast and easy way to add personality to your kitchen!

8- A clean, exposed wall as a backsplash

Exposed Wall

Another option is to leave your kitchen wall exposed, or just continue your counter up onto the wall to create a half backsplash. If you leave your wall exposed, be sure to get an easily washable paint finish. This is of course the most cost-effective choice of all!

Find a contractor for a complete kitchen renovation

The kitchen backsplash is an important part of a renovation, however, there are a host of other details to consider. For example, the kitchen island must be functional, the layout of the kitchen must be ergonomic and the choice of materials judicious. To find out all about kitchen renovations, see our kitchen section on Reno-Blog.

We understand the difficulties that come with finding a reliable and high-quality contractor for your project, so let us take away that stress! Our Renovation Advisors can invite up to three 360° Verified Contractors to submit quotes for your renovation and help you decide which one brings the most value to you. Call us today or fill out our form to get started!

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