Homeowners who want to liven up their kitchen might not have the budget to completely overhaul or renovate the entire space. Upgrading an older kitchen to a dream design could be an expensive investment, and homeowners who are watching their cashflow might opt for other ways to reinvigorate a tired kitchen.
Adding a unique kitchen backsplash behind the sink is a simple project that has the potential to change the look of the kitchen space. Creative design ideas for a DIY kitchen backsplash add color, eye-catching artistic details and maybe even a bit of whimsical nuance. A new backsplash might be the facelift your outdated kitchen needs!
For inspiration, check out these eight ideas for a DIY kitchen backsplash.
Chevron Patterned DIY Kitchen Backsplash
For a nod to the style of the ‘70s, a chevron patterned backsplash catches the eye and serves as a stylish centerpiece for a kitchen design. What is a chevron design? Some people might colloquially refer to the pattern as a zigzag. Create a chevron backsplash with tiles cut specifically for this design. Choose a color palette that compliments the kitchen décor. If a homeowner is updating the kitchen for resale purposes, bolder colors or a palette with a specific appeal might not be the best choice. Neutral palettes tend to be the safe bet for resale.
However, if homeowners aren’t looking to sell anytime soon, choose colors with zeal! Anything goes!
Mosaic DIY Kitchen Backsplash
Mosaics are created using small pieces of glass or tile to draw or create a design. Mosaics can be used to create faces, shapes, nature settings or whatever the homeowner desires! A DIY mosaic kitchen backsplash can invigorate the wall or space with an artistic inspiration. Homeowners who have a gift for design may create an intricate mosaic work of art to serve as the backsplash.
Even homeowners who don’t feel artistically inclined can opt for mosaics. Design a simple mosaic backsplash by alternating patterns of colored pieces of glass or tile. Sketching the idea on paper first may help homeowners visualize their design concepts.
Mosaic kitchen backsplashes are among the four recommended options that are best for resale, per the company MHM Professional Staging.
A Simple Tile DIY Kitchen Backsplash
No time for an intricate work of art? Choose a simple tile DIY kitchen backsplash. Home improvement stores offer a variety of tile choices to create any time of backsplash design. Some are bold in color, others seemingly change color with the light, and simple palettes are plentiful, too.
The Disco Ball DIY Kitchen Backsplash
Feeling funky? Choose mirrored tile to create a unique and disco-inspired backsplash. These tiles aren’t for those who prefer low-maintenance style. Mirrored tiles will likely show fingerprints, smudges and other grime easily. Be prepared to keep those tiles shiny for the full radiant effect!
Stone or Brick DIY Kitchen Backsplash
Stone or brick can be used to design a more rustic backsplash. These choices are ideal for kitchens and homes that incorporate these materials or for homeowners simply looking for a way to bring nature indoors. Stone brick backsplashes can also look contemporary and modern—depending on how they are designed.
Marble or Quartz DIY Kitchen Backsplash
Yes, marble and quartz are a type of stone, but these particular materials lean very elegant. Marble and quartz backsplashes can complement countertops for a seamless kitchen design. A marble or quartz backsplash could be created with individual tiles or a single piece of stone. However, homeowners who desire a seamless backsplash with a single cut of marble or quartz might need to work with a pro for this design.
A Wood DIY Kitchen Backsplash
Wood and water might sound like an odd combination. After all, a backsplash is typically what protects the wall from sink splashes or other messes (while it also adds design to the space). But a wood backsplash is an option. This material is yet another way to add a rustic charm to the kitchen. Of course, the wood needs to be sealed to ensure that it can withstand its backsplash role; maintenance also is important.That being said, hopefully the dishwasher is being used for washing dishes more than the sink to not only avoid more splashes but also to save energy.
Metal DIY Kitchen Backsplash
Tin tile creates a Euro-chic appeal. Some tiles may even incorporate intricate French Provincial design elements. A metal or tin backsplash adds something unexpected to the kitchen. This material leans elegant and contemporary. Depending on the design of the tile, a metal DIY kitchen backsplash also could offer a charming, yet rustic appeal.
Choosing the best material for a DIY kitchen backsplash is a matter of personal design taste. Each material and backsplash design creates a unique look to update a tired kitchen design. If a homeowner is adding a new backsplash to prepare the home for resale, though, perhaps a neutral palette or design would be best. When resale isn’t a concern, homeowners can get creative and design a backsplash that serves as an artistic centerpiece, a point of conversation or perhaps just a detail that infuses color or interest to the space.