Fanciful swirling metal pulls, fun red sculptural wall elements and a copper backsplash break free of the ordinary. Two sinks and two pullout trash containers eliminate prep conflicts. Generous counter areas avoid bottlenecks for large prep, along with two appliance garages.
Backsplash materials run the gamut from tile to stone to wood, but metal kitchen backsplash ideas abound as well, and they can add a substantial, modern feel to any kitchen design.
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There are several types of metal that lend themselves particularly well to backsplash designs, and each comes with a range of pros and cons.
A good place to start when planning to add a metal backsplash to your kitchen design is with the overall scope of the project. You’ll need to define the square footage the backsplash will cover in order to estimate the amount of metal and other materials you’ll need for your backsplash. Obviously, this scoping exercise will go a long way to defining the required budget for your project, so you’ll want to make sure it’s the first step you take. To calculate the amount of material you’ll need, first decide if you want your backsplash to cover the entirety of the wall space above your countertops or just a portion thereof. Once you’ve decided on the amount of coverage, mark the area off and measure the square footage.
When the scope of the metal backsplash project has been defined, you’ll want to begin thinking about which metal you want to feature in your backsplash design. One of the more common metal backsplash choices is stainless steel. Popular in recent times as an appliance feature, stainless steel has begun to appear more and more in backsplashes as its bright, reflective, easy-to-clean surface makes it an attractive and efficient choice.
Punched or hammered tin is another metal that’s becoming more common in backsplashes—it can add a great deal of texture and weight to any kitchen design, and it’s also durable and easily maintained. Copper and brass are two more metals that many homeowners feature in backsplashes. Each of these metals offers the added benefit of “evolving” over time—exposure to air and moisture can cause slight or even drastic color variations over time, often deepening their hue or resulting in attractive striations and patterns.
One you’ve decided on the right metal for your kitchen backsplash design, it’s time to begin construction. You’ll have two options here—hire a contractor to install the metal backsplash for you, or go the DIY route and install it yourself (or, if you’re lucky, with some assistance from friends and family). Depending on the complexity and size of the project, you may be able to save a considerable amount of money by installing the backsplash yourself. On the other hand, hiring a contractor will save you time, and you won’t have to break a sweat; this is an especially attractive option if you’ve never installed tile before or aren’t particularly handy.
This article was co-authored by Emma Oberlander. Emma Oberlander is an Interior Designer and the Owner of Otis Street Design in Boston, Massachusetts. She specializes in residential remodels, boutique hospitality design, project management, and budget design. Emma holds a BA in Communication and Media Studies from Northeastern University and an MA in Interior Architecture from The New England School of Art and Design. She has a combined ten years of project management experience in the design, marketing, and non-profit industries, both nationally and internationally.
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A backsplash is a stylish way of keeping kitchen ingredients from spattering on and potentially doing damage to walls. You’ve probably seen stainless steel backsplash sheets in restaurant kitchens, but there are plenty of fashionable materials you can use at home, like copper or aluminum mosaic tiles.  X Research source First you’ll have to prepare your work area and materials. Then, with the right tools, you can install your new metal backsplash.
Interior Designer Expert Interview. 7 April 2021. Knowing the area you need your backsplash to cover will allow you to calculate the cost of materials, which could influence the kind of metal you use. To calculate the dimensions for your backsplash:
- Divide the wall where you plan on installing the backsplash evenly into rectangles to account for cabinets, windows, large appliances and so on. Measure the height and the width of each rectangle. Multiply these numbers together to find the area of each.
- If you have a diagonal angle to account for, extend the base of the diagonal horizontally until it is even with the top of the diagonal. Connect the horizontal extension and the top of the diagonal to make a right triangle.
- Calculate the area of triangles by multiplying the base and height of the triangle, then divide that number by 2 (triangle area = (base x height) / 2 ).
- Add together the area calculations to get the total area in units squared (for example, in², ft², cm², m²). Multiply this number by 1.1 so you have extra backsplash material to fill in gaps or replace materials damaged during installation.
Introduction: Corrugated Metal Backsplash
The pictures show what the kitchen looked like before we started and after. You can see we didn’t have any backsplash besides the paint except the area behind the stove. In addition, I installed the piece of wood over the sink before I started to connect the cabinets together and give me a place to hang a light fixture in the future. On my honey to-do list is (1) paint the kitchen, (2) make new kitchen cabinet doors and (3) install a new backsplash to name a few. The better half decided on a metal backsplash and I would call the style rustic or country I guess. Anyways, here is what my son and I did to install the Corrugated Metal Backsplash. A video link is at the end of the steps if you are interested.
- Corrugated Panels (Home Depot or Lowes)
- Straight Edge (Any hardware store or Harbor Freight)
- Scratch Awl (Any hardware store or Harbor Freight)
- Drill (Any hardware store or Harbor Freight)
- Screwdriver (Any hardware store or Harbor Freight)
- Measuring Tape (Any hardware store or Harbor Freight)
- Plastic Wall Anchors w/ Screws (Any hardware store or Harbor Freight)
- Angle Grinder (Harbor Freight)
- Tin Snips (Any hardware store or Harbor Freight)
- Metal File (Any hardware store or Harbor Freight)
- Receptacle Extension Box (Amazon)
- Receptacle Screws 1-1/2″ (Amazon)
- Center Punch (Any hardware store or Harbor Freight)
- Hammer (Any hardware store or Harbor Freight)
Step 1: Paint and Electrical Work
The first thing I did was paint and add extension boxes on the existing receptacles so the outlets would stick out the wall and be flush with the metal. Those are the blue boxes on the receptacles. You don’t need to do this but if you don’t you will need to build some kind of frame around the metal where you cut it out so it looks better. I bought those off Amazon and they were 1/2″ deep. If using these, you will also need longer receptacle screws that are about 1-1/2″ long, also from Amazon. Be careful when working with electric.
Step 2: Measure Twice & Mark Your Cut
We got the Corrugated Metal from Home Depot. The sheets were 8′ long by 2′ wide and cost about $16 per sheet. These could be cut with Tin Snips or an Angle Grinder with cut-off wheel. You may even be able to use a Dremel Tool w/ cut off disk but that may take a while. After measuring twice, we laid out lines using a straight edge and used a Scratch Awl to mark a line in the metal.
Step 3: Cut the Metal
Here I am using Tin Snips to cut across the ribs which is not too hard to do, but when cutting the opposite way it is very difficult because you can’t move the metal out of the way during the cutting process. An Angle Grinder is much better in those cases.
Step 4: Cut Out for Electric Box
Here I am using the Angle Grinder with a Cut-Off Wheel to cut the metal where the receptacle will be. Watch my video to see more angle grinding cuts. There’s one of those blue extension boxes on the table.
Step 5: Set Panel in Place
Now we set the piece in place to make sure it fits around the outlet and also nicely against the wall. If the wall is not plumb you will need to scribe a line using a compass for a perfect fit.
Step 6: Measure and Mark Hole Locations
I wanted this screwed to the wall in case we hang something on it so it wouldn’t be flimsy so we measured and marked hole locations to what we thought looked best. I used a Spring Loaded Center Punch to make dimples in the metal so the drill bit wouldn’t wonder around.
Step 7: Drill Holes in Panels
We then held the panel in place and drilled 1/4″ holes in the metal and through the wall. The 1/4″ hole matched the Plastic Wall Anchors I had but your size may be different. Don’t let the panel move too much so your holes stay lined up. Also be very careful to make sure you don’t hit any electric wires that may be in the wall. As you can see, we used a Vacuum to suck up the debris while drilling to make clean up a little easier.
Step 8: Insert Wall Anchors
Then we put 1/4″ Plastic Wall Anchors in the holes we just drilled and hammered them all the way in. You could use another method to attach the panels but this is what we liked. It also allows us to remove them easily if we want to replace them with something else.
Step 9: Screw Panel to Wall
Now we could screw the panel to the wall using the screws that came with the Plastic Wall Anchors.
Step 10: The Result
We kept doing the same process until both of our walls were done. The metal behind the stove goes all the way to the floor because the one side of our stove doesn’t have a cabinet or wall next to it so it looked better this way.
We like the way it turned out and seemsd like it will be easy to wipe any mess off it.
One tip would be if the Backsplash is starting or ending in the middle of a wall, you should start there with your fist piece so you start out with a nice factory cut edge. Another tip is for the stickers that the manufacture puts on the panel. Peel them off the best you can and then use WD-40 to get the rest off very easily.
Hopefully this will give you some insight to do the same thing yourself.
Step 11: A Video With More Info
Here’s a link if you’d like to watch the video with some extra footage.
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Nothing screams home makeover like the words do it yourself (better known as DIY)!
You can turn on any home network on the television and find DIY shows that teach homeowners like us to create masterpieces through their home makeovers.
One of the many ways people use the DIY method in their home makeovers is the installation of a backsplash. These backsplashes may be in the kitchen area or in the bathrooms. Either way, backsplashes can certainly take a room and transform it almost instantly.
When looking to makeover your kitchen backsplash, you should strongly consider metal backsplash designs!
Why a metal backsplash? Simply because when you’re working in your kitchen (cooking, cleaning, etc.), you will inevitably make a mess. Whether the mess comes from grease spraying the backsplash from the pan or you getting flour on the backsplash from your stand mixer, the backsplash must be metal in order to withstand the rough conditions.
Some metal backsplash materials that are great for the kitchen are aluminum, copper, and tin. Using these metals as backsplashes are ideal and the most common you will find for purchase.
In order to create a metal backsplash for your home, you don’t need to spend a fortune on an installer. In fact, you can easily install a metal backsplash yourself for half of the cost. Let’s take a look at some of the DIY metal backsplash ideas you can do in your home.
Metal Roofing Tiles
Metal roofing tiles are great for making your metal backsplash stylish and economical. You can find these metal roofing tiles at stores or, for even more affordable options, you can purchase them online through tile manufacturers.
These make great DIY metal backsplash options because they can be installed right over whatever existing backsplash you have and require no mess! All you need is some heavy-duty glue and a little bit of time!
Metal Tin Tiles
Metal tin tiles are great for creating a beautiful metal backsplash in any kitchen. What makes them great for DIY purposes is they require no grout. The tin tiles come in squares and can easily be cut to fit the specific sizes you need. You will find these metal backsplash tin tiles in rustic kitchens all the way to modern kitchens. They really are super versatile and great for giving you the style and design you want with the ease of DIY installation.
Industrial Stainless Steel Backsplash
If the industrial kitchens at the restaurant strike your fancy, you can bring that look into your own kitchen easily and affordable. A steel backsplash is great behind a stove range because it’s fireproof, easy to clean, and stylish. You can either get these stainless steel backsplash sheets in flat or pressed designs.
To install, all you need is heavy-duty adhesive glue and metal cutters to give you the look and feel you desire from a metal backsplash.
Helpful Tips for DIY Metal Backsplash Installation
If you are new to the DIY game, it’s quite possible that there are some tips and tricks you’ll need to know before heading off to install your own metal backsplash. Because DIY can save you so much money in the long run, it’s important to know some of the tips to avoid overspending due to mistakes and oversights.
1. Understand Your Layout
Every kitchen backsplash is different. There are no two backsplash areas that are the same and some will require more cutting than others. To keep the cutting to a minimum (because cutting metal isn’t like cutting paper or vinyl), you will want to measure the area first. A DIY hack tip: use those measurements to mark off an area on the floor first. Then, put your tile down on the marked off floor area to find out what you need to cut before starting to work on the actual backsplash area. This will save you tons of headaches and time. In order to keep the cuts as least noticeable as possible, cut on the tops and sides of the marked off area.
Always make sure that your backsplash area is dry before you begin installing. Even though metal backsplash materials like tin tiles or stainless-steel boards don’t require grout, you will still need a dry surface for the adhesive to stick to thoroughly.
2. Getting the Cut Right
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to cut metal when you don’t know how to do it efficiently. You will want a blade that is actually meant for cutting metal. You can use a carbide blade or even a diamond blade that is made specifically the type of metal you are cutting. This will ensure that you are safely cutting metal and not wasting time.
You can use a hacksaw or even a band saw with the right blade for major efficiency. Manufacturers will recommend what is best for cutting their specific metal type. If you are unsure, consult a hardware store before cutting.
Metal tiles should be cut face up while using protective eye protection. Be careful to watch your blade carefully as cutting metal with metal can cause the blade to heat up and even smoke. If this is the case, you want to use a cooling oil on the blade to keep from sparking a fire or burning yourself!
As a rule of thumb, be sure to sweep up the area in which you are cutting metal in order to avoid leaving sharp shards that can be dangerous to barefeet!
3. Placing Your Metal Backsplash
Most of the metal manufacturers will advise you on the type of adhesive to use. For general use, you will find most manufacturers recommend silicone or urethane-based adhesives. All you need to do is squeeze the adhesive onto the back of the metal and press them firmly on the wall where you want it to go. Always follow directions per the manufacturer of both the metal and adhesive for the best use.
As you can see, installing a metal backsplash DIY style can be easy and affordable. Shop around for the most cost-effective metal materials to keep your budget down and the style up!
Be friendly to the environment with a recycled aluminum backsplash.
Materials and Tools:
large sheets of paper or cardboard to use as a template
recycled aluminum tiles (available through eco-friendly flooring companies)
tile grinder fitted with a metal cutting blade (for purchase or rent at home improvement stores)
1. Measure the dimensions of your backsplash. Using a large sheet of paper or cardboard, transfer the measurements to the paper, then use scissors to cut a template. Set the template in place and tweak it until it fits the backsplash area perfectly. Be sure to mark the outlets.
2. Place the template on a flat surface and lay your tiles out to create a pattern you find appealing. We used 4″ x 4″ tiles with three different finishes (vibrated, polished and matte) set in a random pattern.
“Back butter” the tiles by applying adhesive on them.
3. Use your 1/2-inch trowel to spread the tile adhesive on a small area of the wall. “Back butter” the tiles (put a little bit of adhesive on them) then stick them to the wall according to your preset pattern. Place spacers in the corners of each tile; this will create your grout line. Work in small increments so the adhesive doesn’t dry.
4. When you get as many whole tiles in place as you can, use the tile grinder to cut the remaining tiles to fit the remaining row. Follow the manufacturer’s specifications and be sure to follow all safety precautions when using the tile grinder.
5. Once the tiles are cut, stick them to the wall with adhesive. Exercise caution when installing around outlets; make sure no exposed electrical wire touches the metal tile you are installing. Even better, turn off the electricity to the area where you’re working. You may have to cut the tiles to fit them around the outlets.
6. Allow 24 hours for the adhesive to dry before you grout the tiles.
7. Prepare the grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Using your cement mixer, mix the grout in the bucket until it is the consistency of pancake batter.
Hello Remodelaholic readers! Colleen here from Lemon Thistle (home to DIY, home decor and hand lettering). Today I’m excited to share with you this simple but modern backsplash that we created for our laundry room- made from steel ceiling tiles. I’m so beyond thrilled with how this worked out (it was easier than I expected!) and especially how it looks. I shared the whole before/after of the space over on my blog and the makeover is dramatic. But until we added this ceiling tile backsplash- it was just a laundry space. It wasn’t anything special and even though it was much better than it was before- it still wasn’t anywhere I wanted to hang out. Now I could live in there (this could have something to do with how clean it is compared to the rest of our house at the moment!).
I have loved the idea of using metal (or metal look) ceiling tiles since spotting the idea on Pinterest forever ago. But I didn’t love how traditional or farmhouse it looked with the traditional design. When we spotted this pebbled looking steel tile, we knew that’s what we wanted to go with. The faux tin (read: plastic) tiles that you can get are apparently simple to adhere with mounting tape, but steel? We needed something stronger. We used GE Iron Grip adhesive which is a silicone adhesive and it worked SO well. Even where we’d kind of bent the steel tiles in cutting them, it held the tiles flat. And I’m comfortable using a caulking gun so application was a breeze. Before I chat too much, let’s get down to the detailed ‘how-to’.
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Metal Ceiling Tile Backsplash Tutorial
- Steel Ceiling Tiles (we used these ones)
- Tin Snips (or a rotary cutter)
- Measuring Tape
- Permanent Marker
- Large Square
- Caulking Gun
- GE Iron Grip 100% Silicone Adhesive
Steps For Installing A Metal Ceiling Tile Backsplash:
1. Choose which edge you’re going to start from. We started in the corners that are the most ‘obvious’.
2. Measure, mark, then draw your cut lines using a level.
TIP: Make sure you mark the backside of your tile!
If you didn’t have shelves, ledges, and cupboards going on (this laundry space had a LOT of obstacles), you could use full tiles which would make your job SO much simpler!! Additionally, if you are replacing countertops, consider leaving a small gap at the back of the countertops for the tile to slide into. This will save you from having cut edges showing. You can apply a bead of clear silicone to seal it up if you like after the tile is installed (especially if this is for a kitchen!!).
3. Cut your tiles using either tin snips (like us) or a rotary cutter (this would have gone 100x faster!). Make sure you wear gloves! You’ll notice in the video I’m not wearing them. I got through one tile. So many tiny cuts. Just wear gloves.
As you’re cutting, you’ll need to bend the tile- take care to bend the piece that will be scrap. Also- cut in one direction only! If you cut from the edges in to the middle, you’ll get a sharp piece where the cut directions meet.
4. When it’s cut to size, you can apply the GE Iron Grip 100% silicone adhesive to one of the surfaces, remember we had metal tile adhering to drywall, (I applied to the tile), then position into place.
A few things to make note of. I really loved that this adhesive is clear! I’ve gotten so used to using construction adhesive for everything and that stuff is really gosh darn ugly if it oozes out the edges. I also loved that you had five minutes to adjust before the adhesive started to set. This was great because you want to get the tiles perfectly lined up along the edges, so it takes some adjusting. When you get them in position, apply pressure for about 30 seconds to make sure they’re in place.
I had one pretty warped piece (thanks to my cutting job) that I chose to press a bit longer, and am happy I did as it has stayed put. If you need to cut around an obstacle, we found it best to use a chisel and hammer the corners (punching through) to make a template to cut with the tin snips. I know some people use a drill to get it started instead. Again… a rotary cutter/grinder would have made this process a dream.
This project looks complicated- but it was really quite simple for us! We finished the backsplash in one evening (including all those finicky cuts!). The one thing I do wish I’d done differently (other than getting a grinder/rotary cutter) is staining the back of the countertops! Those countertops are DIY (wood) and we took care to stain every part that would show but didn’t realize just how reflective these tiles are (which is great for light!). You can see in some photos the yellowish reflection (wood) right at the bottom where the pieces are tucked behind the countertop. It’s a little thing, but it is noticeable. Speaking of countertops- you can also adhere the countertops to cupboards using this adhesive!!
That’s all there is to it! This project really took the space from nice to something special. I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. What do you think? Would you try a different material such as these ceiling tiles as a backsplash?
Thanks to GE Iron Grip adhesive for sponsoring this post.
How to Create a Backsplash – By Shelby Deering
A backsplash is a surface on a kitchen wall that takes up the space between the upper cabinets and countertops, but it is so much more than that. It’s also an efficient way to bring instant design and style to your kitchen. A backsplash is an easy, cost-effective solution when you want to refresh the visual appeal of your kitchen and do so in a short amount of time. It’s also a wonderful way to showcase your personal tastes and make your kitchen stand out from the rest.
How to Create a Backsplash
Floor & Home Consultant Crystal Welsh explains that for a backsplash, “the standard space is 18 inches from the countertop to the underside of the upper cabinets and 30 inches from the cooktop to the hood.” Although there are some standards when it comes to backsplashes, through your design choices, you can make yours look anything but standard. “Subway tile continues to reign supreme”, Welsh states, but there are many variations out there to make your backsplash look more distinctive, with materials ranging from metal to tile to glass. You can also switch up the sizing of the tiles to make them eye-catching. “We use a 4×16 tile for many backsplash areas which gives it a bit more of a modern look with a larger-scale subway kind of tile,” Welsh says.
There’s plenty of creativity around backsplash materials, Welsh shares. She says that you can choose to use mosaic tile, natural stone tile, or large-format porcelain to push the envelope. “I’ve seen sheets of metal, which are sometimes decorative, used as a backsplash,” she adds. People are increasingly requesting unique backsplashes for their kitchens. Welsh says, “There are so many fun styles and tile shapes we are seeing more and more of—it’s a daily challenge to keep up our inventory of samples!”
Welsh advises, “Before selecting a backsplash, you’ll want to have your countertop selected.” If you are envisioning a one-of-a-kind backsplash for your kitchen, Welsh says, “Use a mosaic that has color and splash if you are trying to achieve a captivating design.” Welsh recommends that if you have a countertop with busy patterns or colors, you should think about sticking with a simpler-style backsplash. “If you want to add texture with a busy countertop, that’s fine, but stay simple in the color of the tile,” she says.
Lastly, choose a distinct pattern for your backsplash to make it pop.
“You can design a backsplash with a herringbone design, a double herringbone, or use a stacked or ½ brick set for the design,” Welsh says. “There are a million different mosaics I have used with clients to mesh designs within their home between a midcentury modern design and rustic farmhouse design. I have used the lantern shape or arabesque shape a lot, as well as a narrower tile to create a chevron pattern. For material, I have used glass, ceramic, porcelain, and a mix of stone, glass and metal. The possibilities are quite endless for a backsplash.”
Last Updated: 22nd February, 2020
Regarding this, can I cut metal with a tile saw?
Tile is extremely easy to cut because it is very frangible, weak. Metals are usually the opposite. There are metallurgical saws that use diamond blades with an oil cutting fluid. A tile saw could be modified to do the same.
Furthermore, how do you cut aspect peel and stick tiles? Use a glass cutting tool with our glass tiles, or a hacksaw or utility knife with our metal tiles. Whichever material you choose, it’s easy to cut your Aspect tiles to get the perfect dimensions for your project. Forget about the hassles of grout, mortar, spacers and the tools you need with a traditional tile job.
Also, how do you cut a sheet of tile?
If you have to cut the tiles themselves, the backing can help you make sure you cut each tile to the same dimensions.
- Lay the mosaic tile sheet flat on a cutting board.
- Slice along the backing between two rows of tiles with a sharp utility knife to cut off the rows you don’t need.
Do you grout stainless steel tiles?
Installing stainless steel tile is similar to installing regular tile, with a few notable exceptions. In many ways, stainless is easier than stone or ceramic tile. Many people choose to install our tile tightly together. This way, you do not need spacers and will not have to grout.
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If you rent or are staying in a home not your own, you may feel trapped by the design of the space. It may not be in your lease to make any major changes, like adding a permanent kitchen backsplash, but you can make small, reversible changes in a space that can update it for the time you live there. The backsplash is one of the most decorative areas in the kitchen; giving it a facelift can help put your own stamp of personality on a space that isn’t truly your own.
Paint is an attractive option for renters because the backsplash area is small enough to be quickly painted back to its original color once you move out. Paint also gives you several options for updating the space. Use a single solid color or paint a mural; use chalkboard or whiteboard paint and draw on it; or even paint faux tiles, complete with grout lines, on the wall. Mix some vinyl tile decals with a paint job to customize the look. One note: If you paint the backsplash area a dark color, as with chalkboard paint, you are going to need several coats of primer to get it back to its original color once you move out.
Wallpaper is often used in the backsplash areas, particularly in vintage kitchens. New, waterproof vinyl wallpapers are decorative, easy to clean and completely removable. This makes them perfect for the backsplash area; they can update the space and be taken down without damaging the wall behind when you move. Look for vertical patterns that help elongate the narrow space or metallic prints that add depth and a contemporary look to the space. If you use a geometric print, you can even cut the wallpaper up into squares and rotate the direction the print goes in to create a faux tile look.
Metal backsplashes can be contemporary or vintage, depending on the treatment given to them. Copper and aluminum flashing or stainless steel can be cut in long sheets and tacked with finishing nails to the backsplash area. When it’s time to go, just pop the nails free and fill the holes left behind with a little wall putty and paint. Faux pressed tin panels are also an option for backsplashes. They can be applied with double-sided tape or nailed into place for easy removal. The panels can be cut into squares or overlapped for a continuous pattern, depending on the look you’re after.
In some older homes the backsplash was actually tiled onto a board and the board nailed or glued in place on the wall. This made the backsplash easily removable when the time came; just remove the entire panel in one step. Cut pieces of plywood to fit the size and shape of the backsplash. Use mortar to attach the tiles to the panel, and grout them into place when the mortar is dry. Cover any exposed edges in tile to hide the edge of the plywood. The combination of the plywood and the tile ends up creating a thick backsplash area, so use the thinnest plywood and tile you can find. Prop the panel in place, and pull it down again when you move.
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Sarabeth Asaff has worked in and has written about the home improvement industry since 1995. She has written numerous articles on art, interior design and home improvements, specializing in kitchen and bathroom design. A member in good standing with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Asaff has working knowledge of all areas of home design.
A well-crafted backsplash is an essential accoutrement in the kitchen, eliminating the potential damage and unsightly traces that years of use can incur.
However, quality needn’t come at the sacrifice of eye-appeal, and today’s leading designers are likewise leading the charge on high-end kitchen backsplashes that perform as well as they look.
The metal backsplash in particular lends a stunning metropolitan sheen, while keeping your kitchen in top form.
There are a number of metal backsplashes to choose from, with the ultimate decision depending on your interior tastes, as well as culinary needs. Stainless steel is a popular choice due to its bright reflectiveness and easy-to-clean convenience, while brass and copper backsplashes age with rustic charm over time, suggestive of a generations-old trattoria.
Hammered metals are also making headlines due to their artisanal uniqueness, and are ideal for the smaller kitchen in want of a stand-out focal feature. Regardless of your ultimate metal of choice, your kitchen experience will never feel–let alone look–the same again with these top 50 best metal backsplash ideas below.
The kitchen is an ever-evolving fixture, with no end in sight where ease and advancement are concerned. The modern household may have evolved in appearance and comfort from its earlier incarnations, but one thing remains unchanged: that the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home.
A metal backsplash blends with most color schemes and design themes from cool and modern stainless steel to the rustic and nostalgic charm of a copper or tin backsplash, but let’s find out if it’s the right material for your kitchen backsplash.
Metal backsplashes have a definite functional appeal being easy to clean up the grease and grime, spills and splashes of everyday cooking, but they also offer some interesting and appealing design options.
Metal Tile can be used much the same as marble or ceramic. Patterns and configurations are only limited by your imagination. You could tile the entire backsplash in one style of metal tile, mix in other metals or stone and glass as well. Maybe you want a metal backsplash only over the cook top and sink with a mosaic or mural or full granite backsplash everywhere else.
Metal Sheets are commonly used in restaurants to create a sleek stainless steel backsplash (countertops and sinks too) that will take tons of abuse and is easy to clean. This ultra-modern look goes well with the stainless steel appliances that continue to be popular with homeowners.
More Options. Any competent metal fabricator can provide a range of surface textures such as hammered, quilted or ribbed for your stainless steel, brass or copper backsplash. (However, it’ll likely be more difficult to find a fabricator specializing in metal backslpashes and countertops than granite so be persistent in your search.)
An easier way is to order panels and/or sheets with pre-made designs and textures from several suppliers on the internet. You’ll find numerous choices for a tin backsplash . less so for stainless steel. However, these panels are relatively easy to install and far cheaper than a custom metal or stainless steel backsplash.
Considering all the different colors of metal and design options available, you’ll soon realize that a metal can complement any style from modern to Mediterranean, old-world, country and traditional.
Pros & Cons
Easy To Clean. A metal backsplash is possibly the simplest kitchen backsplash surface to clean. Hot water, soap and a sponge will most often do the trick. If needed use a softer scouring pad (not steel wool) for a tough mess.
You don’t need to seal it, wax it or oil it, but wipe it dry to avoid water spots and don’t let acidic foods (tomato, citrus, coffee) sit too long (hours/days not minutes) on the surface or it could stain some metals.
Heat and hot pans are not a problem for metal countertops and backsplashes.
Dents and Scratches unfortunately are easily created so don’t expect your backsplash to remain pristine.
Polishing. A stainless steel backsplash will not require polishing, but a copper backsplash, zinc or brass backsplash will need to be polished to maintain the original shine.
These latter metals are prone to “oxidation” which produces a patina of uneven color, which is characteristically beautiful or ugly depending on your tastes.
A metal backsplash can be one of the most expensive backsplash materials on the market. Metal is very unforgiving and precise placement of outlet, switch and window cutouts is required.
Expect to pay between $20 per square foot just for the metal up to $160 including all cutouts, mounting on a substrate backing and installation.
A tile backsplash serves a practical purpose by protecting walls from splatters, but they’ve become a popular way to add eye-catching style to your kitchen and bathroom. An ideal canvas to explore a fashionable design, their small scale makes backsplashes manageable for do-it-yourself projects. The endless variety of materials, patterns and colors available at The Tile Shop allows you to customize your backsplash tile to your personal taste.
A white backsplash can reflect light to create a clean, bright vibe in your bathroom.
2022 Backsplash Tile Design Trends
Selecting tile for your backsplash can be an enjoyable stage of redecorating because its smaller scale means you’re free to be creative and have some fun. Perhaps a classic tile in a unique pattern is how you’ll make your backsplash unique. The secret is to consider how the area will interact with everything else in your room. A popular trend is installing a backsplash with a punch of style, like with a waterjet mosaic, that serves as a focal point to draw the eye and steal the show. Find a clever way to layer concepts that make your backsplash more intriguing—almost like a piece of art hanging on your wall. Want to break the mold? Extend your backsplash design all the way up to the ceiling, creating a wallpaper effect. Experiment with ways to introduce color, pattern and even texture into your space. Whether you’re looking for something geometric and modern or soft and simple, the design possibilities are endless.
We’ll toast to this backsplash! The handmade-look shapes and pattern are an artistic statement piece.
A geometric mosaic in neutral tones adds just the right amount of interest and pattern.
Highlight a standout piece of art glass with a frame made from tile trim pieces.
This chic grey-and-white chevron mosaic draws the eye with its wallpaper effect.
Even these pale shades of blue add some appealing color to this white bathroom.
Subway Tile Backsplashes
With an aesthetic that is both classic and modern, subway tile is one of the most popular trends on the market. First used in turn-of-the-century New York subway stations, its universal appeal stems from its simplistic design and an easy-to-clean, durable surface that reflects light to brighten your kitchen or bathroom. Traditional subway tile has a precise 1:2 width-to-length ratio—the standard tile is 3” x 6”, but other variations include 2″ x 4″ or 4″ x 8″ sizes. For a more modern feel, check out elongated sizes like 2” x 8”, 3” x 12”, 4” x 12” and 4” x 16”. Large-format tiles have become popular in small rooms, where the bigger tiles create a perception of space. These days, you’ll find a broad range of styles, colors and patterns of subway tile. Add a special touch by installing natural stone or glass. Switch it up with a crackle effect, matte finish or arrange tiles in a vertical, staggered or herringbone pattern.
Consider adding a subtle pattern to create some depth and texture to your white bathroom.
This shiny penny round backsplash is a focal point that makes a bold statement.
This herringbone pattern is a great example of adding interest to a natural grey backsplash.
Want to see more? Browse our subway tile.
Feeling confident? Go bold with a mosaic backsplash that bursts with personality. A collection of tiny, colorful tiles will do wonders to brighten up a dull kitchen, bathroom or laundry area. Showcase stunning textures and shades by developing your own pattern with glass, ceramic or natural stone tiles. Penny round and hexagons are classic shapes that can lend an air of elegance in both vintage-inspired and contemporary kitchens. Stop into The Tile Shop for ideas about how to spice up your cooking space with a unique mosaic flavor.
There are a multitude of patterns available in interesting shapes and sizes at The Tile Shop.
This framed white chevron pattern really stands out from the busier blue wall tile.
Metallic decor is one of the trends that will never go out of style: brass, copper and silver touches can spruce up any interior, from industrial to art deco. If you want to add some chic touches to your kitchen, go for a gorgeous metallic backsplash. Need some ideas? Here they are!
Metallic tiles will make your kitchen chic and glam! You can find brass, copper and silver tiles to choose from, and we strongly recommend to go for copper if it fits your kitchen color scheme because copper is in trend and looks noble. Tiles themselves can be hexagon, square or any other that you like, remember that geometry is another hot trend, so why not rock geo metallic tiles to kill two birds with one stone? For a more refined look, try pressed tin tiles in metallic finishes, they look very eye-catching due to the texture and pattern they have.
shiny silver hex tiles to make a neutral kitchen sparkle
shiny silver tile backsplash looks wow and makes the monochrome kitchen stand out
tiny tile mirror backsplash is a very glam option to spruce up any kitchen
shiny copper hexagon tiles for a gorgeous glam kitchen backsplash
shiny metallic backsplash behind the cooker matches it perfectly
shiny silver hex tile backsplash to accentuate the cooker zone
copper tiles with white grout echo with the copper drawer handles
pressed tin copper tiles and matching handles for a cute glam feel
pressed tin copper tiles look very eye-catchy and refined
shiny metal backsplash for a modern kitchen
Metal sheets will give your kitchen a sleek modern look, these can be brass, copper and stainless steel sheets, and you needn’t cover the whole wall – rock just one sheet. Rock drawer handles in the same color and finish for a more gorgeous look. If you don’t want any tiles and are puzzling over how to make a metallic backsplash without them, you can also DIY a metal backsplash of penny tiles or real pennies – that would be cool!
brass sheet kitchen backsplash and matching drawer handles for a chic and glam look
burshed metal kitchen backsplash looks textural and adds interest to the kitchen
copper sheet backsplash looks unique and very eye-catchy plus it’s not expensive
textural mirror kitchen backsplash spruces up the white kitchen
DIY Home Decorating Ideas On A Budget
One of the fastest ways to update and upgrade a kitchen or bath is to install a backsplash. There are so many options these days, from glass mosaics, to classic subway tiles, to peel and stick versions anyone can do. Yep, it’s a job, but it is one that can be done by us DIYers! So if you are willing to put in a little elbow grease, you could save hundreds of dollars by learning how to tile a backsplash! And then you can have a space that looks great, adds value to your home, and was done by you!
How to Install A Backsplash
Easy Backsplash Basics
First, watch a video from ‘BHG‘ on how to tile your backsplash, and get all the basics down.
DIY Backsplash Tutorials
Our first DIY backsplash tutorial is from ‘Vintage Revivals‘. Hexagon tiles are classic and trending, and these step by step instructions walk you through the entire process, right down to grouting!
‘The Craft Patch Blog‘ has a tutorial for us on how to tile a backsplash with marble subway tile. They even shared with us mistakes they made, so you can avoid them! Marble is classic yet modern, and is one of our favorites for kitchen and bath tiling.
Kim at ‘Sand & Sisal‘ installed a DIY backsplash with paper backed mosaic tile. Mosaic tiles are small tiles attached to a larger sheet to make installation easier. Love the look of this tile, and her tutorial makes it easy for the rest of us. Go check out why she chose this paper backed tile, it makes sense!
Learn how to tile a kitchen backsplash with this written tutorial and video from ‘Yellow Brick Home‘. I love glass subway tile. It has such a translucent look to it, but still looks classic.
A different look… How to install penny tile from ‘Young House Love‘. This type of tile can have a retro, industrial or even farmhouse look depending on the style of the room it’s used in. Great in bathrooms too!
Also from ‘Young House Love‘, check out their tutorial for how to install a subway tile backsplash! Love the white tile contrasted with the dark cabinets. As always from ‘Young House Love’, expect a full tutorial with lots of step by step photos. Will you use light or dark grout when you install your backsplash?
Loving on this metal tile backsplash from ‘Lemon Thistle’ via ‘Remodelaholic‘! Not only is this an easy DIY backsplash, it is a really trending material! They use metal ceiling tiles for this backsplash idea, secured with silicone adhesive. Their tutorial walks you through how to measure, cut and install! This would sparkle and add texture in an all white kitchen that is just screaming for a unique touch to wake it up!
Rhoda at ‘Southern Hospitality‘ shows us how to install a subway tile backsplash using a totally different technique than traditional thinset mortar. Much less messy!
From Erin at ‘How to Nest for Less‘ – Learn how to install a kitchen backsplash in a detailed, easy to understand tutorial with lots of great photos and tips! They used white subway tile, which works in almost any style kitchen. Great place to start! Oh, and they did the whole thing, including a butlers pantry for under $250!
Kelley from ‘Our House Project‘ shows us how to use metal tile edging. This is really important, because many of the trendy glass tiles don’t come with bullnose edges.
And just when you think you are ready to dive in, ‘BHG‘ reminds us that there are lots of types of DIY backsplash ideas. This kitchen uses sheets of plain glass, back painted with a blue gray. This is a great choice for a modern or glamour kitchen. One of the prettiest kitchens we have seen was all white with the glass back painted a cool aqua for a cheery color punch. Lovely!
Ok, last we have a DIY backsplash project for you lazy DIYers. (Yes, my hand is up!) ‘The Bewitchin’ Kitchen‘ reviewed a peel and stick tile tile product called Smart Tiles… Have you heard of these? They seem to be taking the blogging world by storm. They are gel based 3-d tiles that yes, you just peel and stick! Oh, and Randa here not only was able to install a backsplash in her bathroom, but she did her kitchen backsplash with Smart Tiles too, and right over the old, outdated tile! Great tutorial, along with a warning to watch out for counterfeit products. They aren’t the same. (Read her comment sections!) Loving’ this!
Now that you know just how to install backsplash tile, it’s time to tackle our DIY budget kitchen makeovers! Or maybe you’d like to jump on over to our posts on How to Organize Your Kitchen on a Budget or How to Get the “Fixer Upper” Look!
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How-to Install Metal Tile on a Kitchen Backsplash or on Other Wall Applications
Installing metal mosaic tile, including stainless steel mosaic tile, aluminum mosaic tile and copper mosaic tile, is nearly identical to the process of installing ceramic or glass tile. You can check out our 9-minute Tile Installation Video, and/or review the installation photos on this page that show mosaic tiles being installed onto a wall. Please note the same process also applies to installing mosaic tiles on a floor. The only difference is that the type of adhesive used to install metal mosaic tile on a wall or backsplash is different than the adhesive made for floor tile installation. This is merely a how-to guide and should only be considered an informational resource. The writer and publisher of this article is not responsible for any mis-installation, misuse, errors or damaged caused by the direct or indirect use of the content in this article.
NOTE: Because of the metallic nature of stainless steel tile you should ensure a qualified electrician carries out electrical work around metal tile.
REQUIRED INSTALLATION TOOLS AND MATERIALS FOR METAL MOSAIC INSTALLATION
- Enough metal mosaic tile to cover the area that you require, we recommend ordering 10-15% more than you measure, to account for overages.
- Enough wall or floor tile mortar / adhesive to cover the area you are going to be tiling. Mortar for standard ceramic porcelain tile is 100% compatible with our products.
- Enough grout to cover the area you are going to be tiling (if the tile has grout lines). Use non-sanded grout to avoid scratching the finish of the tile. You can also use epoxy grout.
- 5/32″ V-notch trowel for applying mortar (other similar V-notch trowel sizes will also work).
- A rubber grout float.
- A couple of clean sponges and/or cheesecloth towels.
- Two or three buckets, for water mixing the mortar and grout.
- A wet tile saw / motorized tile cutter if there are any cuts to be made around certain obstacles. Most stainless steel is a ceramic base with a metal cap, not solid steel.
- OPTIONAL – A flat wood block (a 2×4 around 6″ to 12″ long works well) and a hammer or mallet.
INSTALLING METAL MOSAIC MOSAIC TILE STEP BY STEP
After the grout has cured (typically 12-24 hours; see non-sanded grout manufacturer’s instructions), use a clean cloth or sponge to wipe the excess grout haze off the tile. Use an industrial alcohol cleaner to remove any excess glue from the surface of the steel mosaic tile. After the 24 hour period if you still have residue, use clean warm water and neutral PH cleaner designed for removing tile grout. If some of the tiles have black marks, you can use acetone or an adhesive thinner/solvent to wipe the marks away – Use with caution and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
CUTTING METAL MOSAIC TILE
Due to the small size of the individual pieces on the mosaic tile sheet, you can normally just cut through the joints between the individual tiles and the mesh backingand simple remove them to fit your tile sheet around an obstacle or at the end of a row. However in the case that simply removing individual tiles from the sheet will leave a large gap you will have to cut the tiles to fit. Although it sounds difficult, cutting metal tile isn’t really that challenging. This is due to the fact that the vast majority of metal mosaics are actually porcelain / ceramic tiles covered with a 1-2mm stainless steel cap. The image below shows the typical structure of a metal mosaic tile, using either a flat metal piece or a cap cover made of metal.
The best method is to use a motorized wet tile saw. Because the tiles are so thin, you can often get by with a low grade, low cost tile saw available at most big box stores. These saws typically retail between $80-$100 for low use DIY versions, to close to $1000 for professional versions. Many big box stores and tool rental company’s also rent tile saws. We must stress that tile saws can be dangerous, their diamond tipped blades are sharp, and the size of a piece of metal mosaic tile is often quite small, and thus it requires enough comfort and skill to cut the piece of tile while not cutting yourself. There is one tool that will NOT work for cutting metal tile, and that is a manual scoring tool that is typically used for cutting porcelain, stone and ceramic. This tool works on the basis of scoring the relatively soft surface of porcelain or ceramic, however metal capped tiles don’t take well to scoring, so this method will not work. If you do not feel comfortable with these sharp, potentially harmfully tools its likely best to call a professional in to make the final cuts required to finish your tile job.
FINISHING THE EDGES OF A METAL TILE INSTALLATION
A commonly asked question is “How do I finish the edges in my metal mosaic tile installation?”.
We actually offer two types of stainless steel border edge tiles that should work for your project.
For the flat stainless steel border liner, please click here.
For the stainless steel bullnose border liner (also called pencil edge), please click here.
— You can also click on the border edge liner photos below to be directly taken to the corresponding product page. —
Otherwise, you could use a common tile edging strip. These strips, which are shaped like an “L” provide an ideal way to terminate the tile installation at the edge. These tile edging strips can be purchased at any local big box store such as The Home Depot or Lowes, and are also available at most stores that sell tile. Simply install the strip at the edge of your installation using the same tile mortar / adhesive that you are using for your tiles. These edging strips often are perforated on one side, this is the side that you set into the mortar, against the wall. The finished edge will be left exposed, and you will tile up to it, and then, grout up to this edge.
You always hear about the importance of having focal points in your living room, but what about your kitchen?
The job of a focal point is to immediately capture and draw in attention from incoming guests.
In your living room, that focal point may be an impressive mirror, a piece of artwork, or a stellar view if you’re lucky.
But when it comes to your kitchen, you can create one or more focal points with just kitchen backsplash plaques alone.
Focal points don’t have to be a stationary object either, such as a chandelier or a designer sofa. You can also create focal points with texture, color paneling, and patterns too. That’s why tiling and backsplash plaques are ideal for creating strong focal points in your kitchen.
That’s why tiling and backsplash plaques are ideal for creating strong focal points in your kitchen.
And the best part? New kitchen backsplash plaques won’t cost you an arm and a leg, unlike a complete kitchen overhaul.
If you’re curious about what a new backsplash can do for your kitchen, keep reading because we’re dishing on our favorite trends in kitchen backsplash plaques right now.
Tell A Story With A Mural
It’s no secret that we love backsplash murals.
They add personality to your kitchen, plus, they make fantastic focal points too.
Just like adding artwork to your living room, adding a kitchen backsplash mural is a great way to draw attention to your new kitchen.
Your kitchen is all about food, family, and good times. Consider these kitchen backsplash plaques for your focal points:
- Cast metal harvest themed plaques complete with corn, grapes, and wooden food crates.
- Silver “royal” theme plaques featuring chalices spilling over with fresh produce.
- Mediterranean themed mural plaques with olive trees, pottery, and an ocean view.
- Kitchen murals showcasing families eating or food preparation.
- Murals that depict classic still lifes of bread, fruit, meat, poultry, and other classic foods.
- Kitchen plaques with sunsets, landscapes, and celestial night sky themes.
Want to tell your own unique story?
You can use a variety of ceramic and metal tile inserts to create a totally unique mural that’s all your own.
One of our favorite backsplash designs is simple white subway tiles.
Subway tiles pair well with a range of colors and kitchen wallpaper, but they can also look too repetitive without a strong focal point. That’s why your subway tiles need an eye-catching plaque to look their best.
There are a lot of plaque styles you can use. But right now, we’re loving the look of classic subway tiles juxtaposed with antique kitchen backsplash plaques.
These are some of our favorite trends happening now:
- Bronze cyclone plaques and backsplash inserts
- Inca style bronze plaques
- Ancient Maya style silver plated plaques
- Textured metal pyramid motifs
- Metal olive trees
- Silver leaves and grapes plaques
Your kitchen doesn’t have to have just one focal point either. Go crazy and add two or even three antique backsplash plaques to your subway tile motif.
The Cubist Look
Master painters like Picasso, Georges Braque, and Paul Klee put Cubism on the map.
But the renowned art style also makes for amazing kitchen decor.
Cubism motifs are typically denoted by strong geometric shapes, cubes, sharp lines, and bold color.
We love the cubist styles we’re seeing in today’s modern kitchens, and your backsplash is the ideal setting to make a strong focal point with cubist style tiling and backsplashes.
Need some inspiration for cubist kitchen backsplash plaques? Check out the top trends we’re seeing in kitchens right now:
- Tiled reproductions by cubist masters
- Stainless steel cubed backsplashes
You can also create your own cubism inspired kitchen backsplash plaques by purchasing a variety of tile designs and arranging your own pattern.
Keep It Cool With Stainless Steel
We saw some awesome stainless steel cubist trends, but the possibilities for stainless steel doesn’t end there.
Stainless steel is not only modern and sleek, but it’s also a safe and sanitary option for your kitchen.
Stainless steel kitchen backsplash plaques are perfect for bachelor pads, minimalist home plans, serious foodies, and urban lofts. It also pairs well with vintage motifs to create that classic “new-meets-old” style.
Check out these awesome stainless steel designs to make your backsplash pop:
- Quilt stainless steel backsplashes can create that “executive chef” look.
- Alternate between ceramic and stainless steel tiles to create an attractive backsplash.
- Keep it simple with just plain rectangular stainless steel plaques
- “Raised” stainless steel tiles and plaques.
Even More Kitchen Backsplash Plaques To Consider
There are so many great backsplash plaque ideas that we couldn’t leave out these honorable mentions.
Glass backsplash plaques work well with different textures and mediums. Try adding a couple of glass plaques to a backsplash full of shiny subway tiles to create that “high-gloss” look.
Glass plaques also look great with stucco backsplashes, terracotta, and Spanish motifs too.
We’re also seeing a lot of reclaimed wood backsplashes lately. Reclaimed wood can be anything from old heirloom furniture to salvaged boat wood. These types of kitchen backsplash plaques would look fantastic in any nautical themed kitchen.
Ceramic has always been a go-to source for backsplashes, but for good reason. You can find everything from Japanese-inspired designs to fun bubble motifs the kids will love!
Of course, natural stone plaques made from marble, granite, and limestone are ideal for rustic homes, bungalows, and those family cabins in the mountains.
Once you have your materials and design plan in tow, you can finally install your new kitchen backsplash plaques.
And believe it or not, installing your new backsplash isn’t as hard as you may think.
While it never hurts to hit up the tile experts for extra tips, you can take matters into your own hands and install your own kitchen backsplash plaques right at home!
Once you’re a master at DIY backsplash installation, creating focal points in your kitchen will become a piece of cake.
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Introduction: Home Improvement: How to Install Metal Mosaic Wall Tiles (Stainless Steel, Aluminum, ..)
If you follow this easy installation guide, you too can end up with a beautiful new surface covered in modern metal tile. The installation photos here show mosaic tiles being installed onto a wall stainless steel backsplash, but the exact same process applies to installing mosaic tiles on a floor. The only difference is that the type of adhesive used to install mosaic tile on a wall or backsplash is different than the adhesive made for floor tile installation.
INSTALLATION TOOLS AND MATERIALS
All ceramic tile stores and most big-box hardware stores such as The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rona, Home Hardware etc, will have all the items below readily available. Just ask an associate in the tile or flooring department for assistance if you can not find what you are looking for.
-5/32″ V-notch trowel for applying mortar (other similar V-notch trowel sizes will also work).
– A rubber grout float.
– Enough stainless steel mosaic tile, aluminum mosaic tile or copper mosaic tile to cover the area that you require (it is recommended to purchase an extra 10% of metal tile quantity to account for overages).
– Enough wall or floor tile mortar / adhesive to cover the area you are going to be tiling.
– Enough grout to cover the area you are going to be tiling. Use non-sanded grout for metal or non-metal mosaic tile that has joints 0-1/8″ and sanded grout only for non-metal tile with joints 1/8″ to 1/2″.
If your tile is a metal tile, or if it has a polished or mirror finish (not brushed) then we recommend non-sanded grout because sanded grout may scratch the finish during installation.
– A clean sponge and/or cheesecloth towel.- Two buckets, one for water and one for mixing the mortar and grout.
– A motorized tile cutter (if there are any cuts to be made around certain obstacles that can’t be properly fitted simply by simply removing individual tiles from the mosaic mesh sheets).
OPTIONAL – A flat wood block (a 2×4 around 6″ to 12″ long works well) and a hammer!
HOW TO HANG PLATES ON BACKSPLASH
Welcome! So maybe you popped over from Pinterest, maybe you are a regular (muah!) or maybe you just wanted a quick peek at how you can get this fun and interchangeable backsplash decor idea. Whatever the case may be, please read this ENTIRE POST. I promise you will thank me later :-)…
I have a serious obsession with random plates. I buy just one of each that I come across and have built up quite an inventory of onsies over the years. I love mixing them up for a dinner setting or using them as serving platters. I usually find my favorites at HomeGoods or HERE. Then one day I got this crazy idea. Seeing as though I love a good pop of color and pattern AND we have lots of space behind our cooktop, why not hang several on the backsplash? So I went scrummaging around our garage for ideas on how to do so. That’s when I ran across a package of Command hooks I had purchased for our front door. I ran to my local Michaels to grab some plate hangers and voila! Instant, cheap and super easy accent wall in our kitchen!
So here’s where the “read this entire post” begins… First, I re-purchased items to show you what is needed for this project. I had originally purchased white plate hangers at Michaels but also just found these gold ones at Hobby Lobby. Either work great! Also, I used Outdoor Command Hooks originally just because that’s what we had and after using one of these pictured below, I do HIGHLY recommend the Outdoor Command Hooks. For whatever reason, they seem to adhere better than the regular ones. Also, HUGE DISCLAIMER… I cannot guarantee that this DIY will work on your backsplash as well as it did ours. Our backsplash is clear glass tile which is not pourous like some travertine and stone tile so those may not adhere as well. Make sure to test the hooks with your cheap china FIRST before trying out your Sunday best. And finally, I am not sure how easily these can be removed from your backsplash. We have had one fall randomly but other than that, I have not attempted to remove the hooks.
Outdoor Command Hooks
Attach plate hanger to each plate wrapping it from top to bottom very securely.
Open Command hook package and adhere tape according to instructions to the hook and then to your backsplash. Push it down very hard against backsplash to adhere securely.
Hang Plates! I typically hang larger ones on the top and bottom and then smaller ones on each side.
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Why settle for a plain metal sheet as a kitchen backsplash when you can create a truly unique focal point of your room. We have over 35 different styles and patterns available in a variety of materials and finishes including stainless steel, aluminum and even copper.
Unlike typical backsplash materials such as ceramic or stone tile, metal tile is non porous. This means that the tile won’t absorb any liquids or stains, making it an ideal material for using in the kitchen, especially behind the stove or range. However, its low maintenance is only half of the story. With so many of today’s kitchens making stainless appliances standard, continuing to use stainless steel or even aluminum on the backsplash is a great way to tie your kitchen together. Using metals such as stainless steel or aluminum give a truly modern focal point that you and your guests will enjoy for years.
Remember, stainless steel is not just for the kitchen! Many of our customers use our products for bathroom backsplashes, accent walls, fireplace surrounds, tub surrounds and even shower or floor liners. The possibilities are endless! Whether you are doing a full tile installation or just need a modern tile accent, we surely have a metal tile to fit your tastes and aesthetic.
Stainless steel mosaic tiles are just as easy to install as ceramic or glass and require no special training. The regular tools of the trade as well as standard wall tile adhesive and non-sanded grout is all that is required to install these tiles on a kitchen backsplash. For more information on how to install metal mosaic tiles, click here. You can also view our 9-min installation video.
What makes a kitchen stand out? Depending on who you ask, you may hear that it’s the layout, cabinets, design, color palette, or even the appliances. But we like to think one of the easiest ways to make a lasting impression is with your kitchen backsplash. There are many options to choose when contemplating color palette, texture, and material. Let’s take a closer look at some on-trend backsplash ideas.
Kitchen Backsplash Ideas for 2021
One of the most popular options for a kitchen backsplash is Cloe tile. This glazed ceramic wall tile has a gloss finish. It can be found in a range of colors and shade variations. What makes Cloe tile so popular? It has a fresh and organic appearance. You can also find the tile in both rectangle and square shapes. For a neutral look, choose a white or cream shade. Want to kick things up a notch? Try jade green or a warm millennial pink.
Geometric shapes and patterns are always emerging as a major trend for kitchens in 2021 and beyond. They’re especially popular with homeowners who want to energize gray and white kitchens. Some of the top options include hexagons, herringbone, and basketweave pattern. If you want something truly one of a kind, try a hand-painted pattern!
Metal Backsplash Ideas
Contemporary kitchen with a metal laminate backsplash. See the Project Details.
Metal backsplashes are another hot trend. The industrial feel and sheen will add a modern feel to your kitchen. Stainless steel is one of the more popular options for metal backsplashes. This material is highly reflective and easy to clean. Try hammered metals if you want a more crafted, artisanal look.
Looking to create a vintage feel? Try brass or copper. These materials develop a gorgeous patina over time. Copper creates more of an old-world look while brass feels masculine and cutting edge.
Stone Backsplash Ideas
Of course, we can’t forget stone backsplashes. From granite to marble, there’s something for everyone. You’ll find plenty of textures and colors with these types of backsplashes as well! Stone materials are generally the most durable and long-lasting options. If you want to create a refined, luxurious look with your kitchen remodel, stone is an excellent choice.
As a New York Times article notes, stone slab is one of the more expensive options. Ceramic tile is a more budget-friendly option. Even if you love the look of marble, you might want to save the material for another application. It’s typically the least durable of all stone tile options.
Contact Us Today
Before you start your backsplash project, give our design team at Owings Brothers a call. We’ve helped countless homeowners create the kitchen of their dreams.
Turn your kitchen backsplash idea into an eye-catching, one-of-a-kind design with exotic pieces, murals, mosaics, tile or tin. Possibilities are endless, so good planning is important. Start by reviewing the kitchen backsplash styles and themes below to help dream up your desired design.
Kitchen Backsplash Styles and Themes
I’m sure you’ve been in kitchens that you’ve really loved and some you didn’t. Also, you’ve seen enough pictures to have a good idea of the “look” you want to create with your kitchen tile design.
The following are some kitchen backsplash ideas that will help unify your theme. This will help you avoid a mish-mash style and turn your ideas into a enjoyable design that keeps you cookin’!
This look is cozy and comfortable and easy to achieve. Use tumbled travertine tile, chipped or worn marble tile, cobblestone or generally any aged material in the subtle earth tones of beige, gold and brown.
Hand-painted tiles, murals and mosaics are also right at home with this style. Even a copper backsplash or tin backsplash will work while still being warm and interesting.
Colorful, hand-painted tiles in seaside colors of blue and green are what create this fresh, vibrant and comfortable look.
Boldly colored kitchen tile can be used as an accent, or as a distinct mosaic tile design in a particular section or for the whole kitchen backsplash.
This look works best when paired with light earth tone countertops and cabinets or countertops matching the primary kitchen backsplash tile color for a more monochromatic scheme.
Clean, sleek lines and smooth surfaces are the keys here. Don’t employ complex tile patterns, rough textures or a busy stone. A polished granite backsplash matching the countertops is perfect for achieving this look.
Also consider a metal backsplash or glass tile which come in many colors and for ultra-urban appeal. try a stainless steel backsplash.
Don’t be afraid to take elements of style (but not too many) from different themes to create a design that looks and feels good to you.
Just remember a simple, elegant design will be produce the most pleasing kitchen tile backsplash. So, plan it all out first, have a clear picture in your mind what the finished product should be like and have fun!
Designing Your Backsplash
Your goal of course, is to integrate the kitchen backsplash idea with all the other ideas, elements and structures you have planned to establish a “theme”.
Color for your kitchen backsplash tile material should be chosen to complement the countertops and cabinets.
Bits and splashes of other colors can be integrated into your design if they don’t compete for attention, but start by picking colors that are represented in your countertop.
Texture of the kitchen tile materials should be consistent with the style or theme of your kitchen. Rough and uneven for “Old-World” or smooth and sleek for “Contemporary”.
Avoid creating a busy kitchen backsplash design or using too many textures, colors or intense colors if your countertop has a lot of movement or veins.
Creating harmony with your idea is key. You don’t want to confuse the eye with an intricate design on top of a dramatic countertop.
Niches and ledges can be interesting and useful elements to add to your kitchen backsplash.
Place these above the sink or behind the cooktop to display a collection of colorful bottles, ceramic bowls, figurines, small plants or all your spices!
Picture frame designs are a great kitchen backsplash idea and are often added above the cooktop (if space allows) creating a focal point for a mural, mosaic or a more elaborate tile pattern.
Murals & Mosaics
Murals and Mosaics are fantastic options for a truly unique and visually stimulating backsplash. Keep it simple and mosaic tile designs add appealing texture. Or create an intricate pattern, scene or picture and your backsplash becomes a work of art.
In general, murals and mosaics (especially those with patterns and pictures) will look better when paired with a countertop that has a uniform color and pattern.
For more kitchen style inspiration visit our friends at Kitchen Design Ideas where you’ll find a ton of wonderful information and kitchen remodeling ideas.
Kitchen backsplashes behind countertops and appliances serve a dual function. They protect the back wall from food and water spills. They also can serve a primary design function in the kitchen. Backsplashes can be dramatic and beautiful, and it’s possible to spend a lot of money on them—especially if you choose artisan or another type of premium tiles. Backsplashes too can be complicated and frustrating to install. Is there such a thing as an easy backsplash?
Yes, there is. Many easy backsplash treatments are attractive and relatively long-lasting. Plus, a number of these backsplashes won’t break your budget.
Faux-Metal PVC Backsplash Rolls
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Tin or aluminum backsplash tiles aren’t particularly hard to install, but you can make it even easier by using faux metal tiles sold in a big, continuous roll. These rolls are 25 inches high, the perfect size to reach from the counter to the bottom of the cabinets.
Rolls range from 15 to 30 feet long. Even though they are made of PVC plastic, this product has a metallic finish and is available in look-alike copper, aluminum, tin, brass, and other metal-style finishes. Because this is not real metal, you can easily cut it to size with a pair of scissors. It is applied to the wall with adhesive.
Rolls 25 feet long cost between $115 and $150, though shorter rolls are available. This price does not include the cost of the adhesive.
Since this is continuous-roll plastic, it’s one of the easier backsplashes you can install. Also, because there are fewer seams, there is less of a chance of water leaking through the backsplash to the wall.
When applying any kind of thin large-format roll material, it can be difficult to eliminate warps and bulges. The trick is to plan ahead, making sure that the material is precisely cut before you place it on the wall. Then, use a paint roller with a dry cover to press the material flat as you unroll it.
Real Metal Ceiling Tiles
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Several manufacturers make real metal ceiling tiles, and these can be easily used for backsplashes. Manufacturers of the plastic, faux-metal tiles do state that their products are Class 1 fire rated and safe for use behind a stove. But only real metal tiles will give you a feeling of security against fires.
With the gap between the countertop and the bottom of wall cabinets, usually about 18 inches in most kitchens, the best choice for backsplashes is probably to choose 24-inch square metal ceiling tiles and cut them down to size with tin snips. Behind the stove, full-size tiles might work just fine.
Ceiling tiles can be attached to walls in a variety of ways. The most secure method of installing metal tiles is to glue the tiles with an epoxy adhesive. Reinforce the tiles with nails driven every 6 inches or so with a nail gun.
Expect to pay about $65 to $100 for a 10-foot backsplash of steel tiles. This is an easy backsplash to install because the 24-inch tiles so conveniently fit the counter-to-cabinets space.
Peel-and-Stick Ceramic Tiles
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The peel-and-stick ceramic tile backsplash is an idea steadily growing in acceptance. Early products were too heavy for the peel-and-stick adhesives to keep their grip on the wall. But recent innovations are beginning to solve this problem.
These products are mosaic sheets, usually, 12-inch by 12-inch, and they can be cut to fit. The backing is then peeled off and the sheets applied to the wall. Once the installation is complete, the mosaic tiles are grouted the same way that you would grout any other wall tile.
Acceptance of this product was initially slow, but dozens of these self-adhesive backsplash products are now available from many manufacturers. If you’re at all averse to dealing with wet thinset and mortar, as well as the potential for tile-sag on vertical surfaces, you may want to explore peel-and-stick tiles.
Peel-and-stick tiles cost between $75 to $125 for 10 linear feet of backsplash.
Painted Wall Backsplash
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Don’t forget that a painted wall can act as a backsplash, too. This solution is both cheap and easy, and if you’re about to discount this as a low-grade option, think again. Good-quality paint (oil-based or latex) makes a perfectly durable and waterproof backsplash surface. And it is far easier to clean a continuous, seam-free painted surface than a surface with ceramic tile grout lines or metal or faux-metal tiles.
So, if moisture protection is your goal, paint can provide this to a high degree, but not as effectively as with ceramic tile or PVC. The real advantage of a painted backsplash is cost. One gallon of paint will easily cover 10 linear feet of backsplash. A single gallon of high-quality paint costs $50 to $75, though you can easily find less expensive paints, too.
While paint does make for an easy backsplash, surface preparation often isn’t so simple. Due to grease and food stains, your kitchen walls may not be in paint-ready condition. For this, you’ll need to scrub the walls gently with a nylon brush. Use TSP dissolved in warm water to make an effective cleaning solution.
“Modern metal backsplashes are easy to install if the wall surface is perfectly flat. The metal panels come with an adhesive backing.”
Metal Backsplash Requires Confidence
A metal backsplash sends a powerful message. You’re not afraid to take chances. Typical non-metal backsplashes you could have chosen might be:
- ceramic tile
- painted drywall
- plastic laminate
It’s important to realize there’s no perfect backsplash material. Painted drywall is by far the easiest because it’s on the wall by default. You don’t need to add anything. If you coat the paint with two coats of clear water-based urethane you end up with a very durable and washable surface.
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What are Metal Backsplashes Benefits?
- unique look
- trend-setting when in style
- bold retro appearance
What are Negatives for Metal Backsplashes?
- contoured surface harder to clean
- overlap seams require expert installation
- cutting material not easy
- harsh glare possible from low-angle sunlight
Is it Easy to Install Metal Backsplash?
Modern metal backsplashes are easy to install if the wall surface is perfectly flat. The metal panels come with an adhesive backing.
Another key point is the wall surface must be clean. Remodeling jobs in existing kitchens require you deep-clean the walls to remove all dirt and grease.
Use Stain Solver certified organic oxygen bleach to remove all grease from wall surfaces.
Metal tiles come in a wide variety of finishes, including several solid colors, a large number of metallic shades, and even more color combinations. Green and copper, for instance, can combine to offer the appearance of age without the worry of actual corrosion, as can black on silver.
However, metal tiles don’t come in every color of the rainbow, and every finish costs a bit more than plain tin-plated steel. Fortunately, you can save money and increase the color range available to you by painting the tiles yourself. Here a look at how to paint metal ceiling tiles:
Finishes And Primers
Depending on where you get your tin tiles, if you order them plain you may get them finished with a clear coat or unfinished. If it is finished, the clear coat can act as a primer. If not, you can apply your own clear coat or use an oil-based (also known as enamel) primer.
Pick Your Paint
You can choose whatever color you want, but try to avoid dark shades. A dark ceiling can create a dim, brooding atmosphere which probably doesn’t fit what you’re going for. Enamel car paints actually work well for metal ceiling tiles: they’re durable, they come in easy-to-use spray cans, and you can get them in any number of colors. One layer of a light shade should be enough, but you should apply two or three layers if you do end up going dark.
Distress The Paint To Age It
If you want your metal tiles to look old and weathered, you’ll need two different paint colors. The first color is what’s weathering away, and the second color is what’s peeking out from beneath. For the most realistic appearance, have the deeper color be metallic (or use clear-coat primer to show the tin) and use a fine-grain sandpaper to rub off the outer coat on all the ridges and parts of the flat areas.
One of the best parts about tin ceiling tiles is that everything about them is simple and easy. All you need to put them up are nails or a drop-ceiling frame, and all you need to paint them are spray cans of primer and paint plus maybe a little sandpaper.
Introduction: Quilted Aluminum Backsplash
So I bought a ‘82 Winnebago. It came with this ugly wallpaper and wood paneling. I’m going to attempt to live in this beast full time starting January 2018. Here’s one project of which I am most proud.
After doing some research for lightweight backsplash ideas I came across quilted stainless steel and I thought it looked retro yet modern. Then I discovered it would cost me $120 to do the tiny RV kitchen.
Here’s how I get the same effect from aluminum flashing.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
Here’s a list of the things you’ll need:
A LARGE and long level (being used as a stencil not to level)
Screen Repair Tool (MUST be metal)
Hacksaw if you decide to use J threshold trim for a finished edge. Optional.
Aluminum Flashing (not galvanized) – it comes in a 20” x 10’ roll on amazon for cheapest price.
Contact Cement (and brush or roller to apply it)
Aluminum J threshold (comes in 10ft at major hardware stores in the flooring department) – this is for a finished-edge look for the pieces not going behind other trim work. Optional.
Step 2: Cut to Fit
Unroll the flashing and cut the pieces to size. Be sure to notch out for windows and outlets as necessary. I decided to do each wall as a separate piece after handling the material; it’s flimsy.
Next: Dry fit each piece. The next step is tedious so you best not waste time on a piece that’s not going to fit.
Optional Trim: While I was dry fitting each piece, I cut and glued the J trim in place using the contact cement ( followed directions). The screws were there only to hold the trim in place as the glue dried.
Step 3: One Direction (Not a Fan)
So to get the etched lines perfectly square and also rotated use a carpenter square on the bottom edge of the aluminum. The hypotenuse of the tool is at 45 degrees. Lay your long level on that edge and try to line up the top the level to one of the corners of the aluminum.
Once the level is in place put pressure on it to keep it still as you roll the screen repair tool down one side. Put a moderate amount of pressure, but don’t make it a workout. You will notice two sides of the screen roller. I used the double edge (or concave) roller. I feel it gave me more control on the runs.
Once you rolled your first line, move the level over and use the first line as a guide for the second and roll your next line. DO NOT slide the level across the face of the sheet. You will scratch the surface and not be happy. Lift up the level and replace it in the next position.
Continue these steps until you have the entire sheet lined out in the same direction.
Step 4: Opposing Direction
Now it’s time to make squares. Flip your carpenter square over and line up your level in the opposite direction of the lines you previously rolled. Try to position the level so that your next lines make a complete square at the top or bottom of each piece, whichever you prefer. I chose the bottom because I’m 6’8” and I can’t see the top edge under the cabinets. This will make a more professionally finished look.
Keep it rolling just like you did in the previous step.
Step 5: Stick It!
You’re ready to install.
I followed the directions on the can of contact cement and painted both the wall and the backside of the flashing. Waited 5 minutes for both to get tacky and pressed it on. Use a towel instead of your fingers when pressing on the aluminum. The fingerprints are everywhere.
Step 6: Competed Look and Optional Trim
I’m very happy with the results. I spent $32.76 (I already had the contact cement).
Take a look at the J trim. The metal would have just ended at the end of the counter. The J trim slides right over the edge of the flashing hiding the ugly cut I made. It was super easy and took no time at all.
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Traditional backsplashes are generally made of tile, granite, tumbled stone, travertine or a similar material, however, more and more people are looking to change this trend.
Enter Metal Tile Backsplashes!
Instead of using a traditional backsplash in your kitchen, bathroom or another area, consider using a metal tile backsplash. Not only does this create a unique look and feel but metal tile backsplashes are very durable and easy to clean and maintain and install.
Our 12in x 12in nail-up unfinished and 12in x 12in hand-faux panels are perfect for backsplash installation. You can also use our 6” repeat patterns that will be ideal for a typical 18” height backsplash. It is best to use a construction adhesive such as liquid nails, or acrylpro to install metal tile backsplashes.
Backsplash tin tiles are easy to clean with just soap and water and are suitable for areas that handle high temperatures.
Finish your backsplash project with our metal or plastic backsplash edging. Our stainless edging can be color matched to your backsplash and our plastic backsplash edging can be painted to your desired color.
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Copper sheeting is found in many commercial establishments, from restaurants and coffee shops to bars and brewpubs. Yet copper sheeting is not a common building material for residential remodeling. Homeowners might be reluctant to use copper sheeting for home projects, believing that it is too expensive to purchase and too difficult to work with.
Copper sheeting may be more expensive than other types of rolled sheet metal, such as steel or aluminum. But its price is competitive when compared to creating a tile backsplash, with its layers of tile and cement board, thinset, grout, and grout sealer. By contrast, a copper sheet backsplash requires little more than copper sheeting, a backing board, contact cement, and staples.
When used judiciously, copper sheeting can be a cost-effective way to add lustrous beauty to many surfaces throughout the home. Clear-coating the copper ensures that the original tone and patina will last for years. Or leave the copper unsealed and let it naturally develop its unique gray-green tone through oxidation
Where to Install Copper Sheeting
- Backsplashes: Kitchen or home bar backsplashes are ideal for copper sheeting. Since backsplashes are not a work surface, you can use thin copper sheeting such as 30 gauge or even 36 gauge.
- Countertops: Because countertops are subject to impact, thicker copper sheeting such as 26 gauge or higher is required.
- Stove Guards: Running a sheet of copper behind a stove that reaches the bottom of the wall cabinets is a great way to dress up the stove area and make it easier to clean up cooking splashes.
Copper Sheeting Gauge
Home remodeling projects often require copper sheets in thick gauges. Anything else may not withstand the rigors of everyday life. At the very least, purchase 30 gauge copper sheeting for surfaces that will be impacted. Better yet, 26 or 24 gauge copper will provide a tougher surface that yields less to daily impact. When looking at copper gauges, remember that lower numbers mean thicker copper.
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No modern kitchen is complete without a stainless steel backsplash. Whether you are looking for a simple, low maintenance design or a truly unique mixed pattern with glass and metal, StainlessSteelBacksplash.com, an Eden Mosaic Tile site, has a product to fit your kitchen and your taste.
Typically when people think of a metal kitchen back splash they think of the restaurant type sheets of stainless steel that cover large areas. These types of installations are more practical than visually appealing and are designed for quick cleaning and low maintenance restaurant use. Our company specializes in the mosaic tile type back splashes, which are individual sheets of tile, roughly one square foot in size, that can be installed in your kitchen or bathroom. These tiles interlock or butt up against each other to create a seamless look.
Unlike typical backsplash materials such as ceramic or stone tile, metal tile is non porous. This means that the tile wont absorb any liquids or stains, making it an idea material for using in the kitchen, especially behind the stove or range. However, its low maintenance is only half of the story. With so many of today’s kitchens making stainless appliances standard, continuing to use stainless steel or even aluminum on the backsplash is a great way to tie your kitchen together. Using metals such as stainless steel or aluminum give a truly modern focal point that you and your guests will enjoy for years.
Installation of metal tile is easy and can be done with regular tile installation tools. You can see some examples in our customer installations section below. Why settle for a plain metal sheet as a kitchen backsplash when you can create a truly unique focal point of your room.
We have over 35 different styles and patterns available in a variety of materials and finishes including stainless steel, aluminum and even copper. Simply view our products below and determine which would be the best fit for your installation. If you need help determining how much tile you need to order, click here.
If you are looking forward to installing a new backsplash, the first thing you need to do is calculate your backsplash area.
On this guideline, we will show you step by step how to accomplish that.
First, you will need the following:
- Measuring Tape
- Pencil or Pen
For calculation purposes, we are going to measure everything in inches, not feet.
Using a measuring tape, measure the space between the countertop and the upper cabinets. That is the height of your backsplash. Write the value down in your notepad.
Now measure the length of your backsplash. Stretch the tape throughout the entire length of your backsplash. Write the value down (in inches) on your notepad.
Let’s work on the math! Using the calculator, multiply the height by the length of your backsplash, and then divide the result by 144.
In the case of windows
If you have a window or any other obstacle intersecting your backsplash area, you will need to subtract this area from the total square footage area you want to tile.
In the example above, we measured the window area, just like we did with the backsplash (Length x Height ÷ 144 all in inches). Now we need to subtract the result from the total area of your backsplash.
10 × 36 = 360 ÷ 144 = 2.5 sq/ft.
So, the final area of this backsplash, without the window area, will be 6.5 sq/ft:
9 sq/ft – 2.5 sq/ft = 6.5 sq/ft
Remember always to order 10% more tile to account for cuts and waste during the installation.
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