If you're looking to dramatically change the appearance of your kitchen but you don't want to tear out the cabinets and countertop, having a new backsplash installed might be of interest. This is a relatively straightforward job for a remodeling contractor — and one that will give the space a fresh, new look. When many people think of backsplashes, they favor those that include small, square pieces of stone, cubes of glass, and chrome pieces. While popular, this look isn't your only option. If you're looking for a different type of backsplash, here are some ideas to consider.
While it's common for backsplash tiles to be extremely small, there's nothing wrong with designing a backsplash made up of large tiles. In fact, you might wish to also look in the plumbing aisle of your local home supply retailer to look at some larger tiles that might commonly be used in a shower or tub but that are just as suitable for your kitchen. You can go with something simple, such as square, white tiles, to provide a contrast to the colorful nature of your kitchen. Or, you can make the backsplash the focal point by selecting rectangular glass tiles tinted blue or green to match the look of the space.
A backsplash completely made up of metallic tiles can give your kitchen a sleek, modern feel. This type of backsplash is especially desirable if you have newer stainless steel large appliances and a variety of state-of-the-art smaller appliances placed around the counter. Metallic tiles are available in multiple designs — shiny, chrome-style tiles can give your kitchen a bright appearance while tiles finished in brushed aluminum will provide a metallic look that's a little more understated.
Many homeowners favor having a backsplash made of natural stone. This can include slate-style tiles that give your kitchen a rustic, earthy feel. This look is a perfect accompaniment to a space that includes a distressed kitchen table and chairs, for example.
Another natural stone option is a river stone backsplash. This style uses stones that are rounded and extremely smooth, providing a nice alternative to the commonly used square tiles. River stones become smooth to the touch from the water rushing over them, and this type of backsplash gives your kitchen a natural look and feel.
If you're having trouble choosing your desired backsplash, talk to your remodeling contractor for suggestions.