Kitchen Stove Backsplash

A backsplash and a kitchen stove should work together as a coherent design piece to create a focal point in your kitchen. Here's helpful information for choosing materials and designs for a kitchen stove backsplash.


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A kitchen stove backsplash serves a twofold purpose: protecting kitchen walls with a splatter-proof surface and making a design statement. When assembled in creative, beautiful ways there are a variety of materials that can do that. Here are seven ideas, as well as inspiration for designs that complement your kitchen.

Kitchen Stove Backsplash Idea #1: Tile

Glazed ceramic tiles are washable and withstand virtually any stains and grease splatters, as well as steam. In addition, they're easy to clean and come in a wide range of colors and patterns, making them an adaptable kitchen stove backsplash material. Try a border of patterned pieces, or a centerpiece mosaic creation.

Kitchen Stove Backsplash Idea #2: Limestone Pavers

Limestone is a lesser-used material for a kitchen stove backsplash, but it is remarkably adept at fitting in with both traditional and contemporary styles. Honed limestone, for example, works well in country-French inspired kitchens. Limestone pavers also can set off a mosaic tile centerpiece. Tip: Apply a low-sheen penetrating sealer to the limestone pavers to protect them and make cleanup easier.

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Kitchen Stove Backsplash Idea #3: Granite or Marble

Classic and elegant, granite or marble are also good kitchen stove backsplash options. Marble doesn't resist stains as well as granite, though; stains should be cleaned immediately. In place of a large single piece of marble or granite—set close to minimize grout joints—tiles can also be used as a kitchen stove backsplash.

Kitchen Stove Backsplash Idea #4: Stainless Steel

When your kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, a stainless-steel kitchen stove backsplash is equal parts utilitarian solution and stylish design statement. Stainless steel is also easy to clean up and works well with a variety of decorating themes. To make a stainless steel stove backsplash even more functional, consider adding a shelf for oft-used items or utensils. Another idea: Skip stainless but get the same shiny surface by using salvaged tin ceiling tiles. Seal the joints with clear caulk to keep splatters on the surface of the idea.

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Kitchen Stove Backsplash Idea #5: Beaded Board

Beaded board—typically installed vertically with a flat piece of trim around the border—is a natural fit for a cottage-style kitchen. How the beaded board is finished in large part determines how easy it is to care for; durable latex enamel paint is a good choice.

Kitchen Stove Backsplash Idea #6: Soapstone

Rustic and subdued, matte-finish soapstone is also easy to maintain; any nicks and scratches can be sanded out. With a color that recedes, soapstone is a great complement to more ornate tile pieces; use it to border a striking mosaic or as a centerpiece to a patterned surround. Tip: To darken the color from gray-green or blue-green to black, apply a sealer or mineral oil occasionally.

Kitchen Stove Backsplash Idea #7: Plate Glass

Rarely used, plate glass is a distinctive kitchen stove backsplash material. A piece of sized glass is attached to painted drywall for a subtle color and reflective, easy-to-clean surface. Another design idea: Add a border of glass mosaic tiles for a bit of color and pattern.


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