Get a Fresh Look With a New Backsplash

Your kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. After all, it’s the place where countless memories are made alongside family and friends.

So it’s worth making your kitchen a welcoming, appealing space. One easy way to do that? With a stylish backsplash.

That panel of tiles behind your sink, stove and countertops does more than protect your walls from splashes. It also adds dimension and detail to your kitchen.

Looking for fresh backsplash ideas? Try these:

  • Get creative with color pairing. Many people like to match their backsplash to their countertops. But adding red tiles behind a white countertop, for example, can add excitement and character to your kitchen. Or install a black backsplash behind white counters to give your kitchen a chic, modern look.

  • Go for a classic look. Subway tiles are popular for a reason. Named for the tiles you find in subway stations, they’ll give your kitchen a clean, vintage look.

  • Add intricate detail. Sure, you can’t go wrong with classic square or rectangular tiles. But opting for tiles that have been laser cut into complex shapes can give your backsplash an eye-catching mosaic effect.

  • Step outside the box. Moving beyond basic backsplash materials and having fun with different textures is a great way to give your kitchen some memorable flair. Try brick or exposed tin to make it stand out.

  • Emphasize functionality. Adding pegboard with hooks to your backsplash can turn it into a decorative space to store pots, pans and more.

WHAT TO DO WITH MATERIALS AFTER RENOVATION

You’ve finally renovated that ancient bathroom of yours, and it’s just what you imagined — beautiful, trendy, sophisticated and welcoming.

Now you’re faced with a decision: What do you do with your old stuff — the fixtures, furnishings and decor? What about all those leftover materials and unused building supplies?

For items that can’t be used as is, you might want to consider:

  • Restoring or upcycling materials. Did you not use all of the wood purchased for cabinets and shelving? Or the marble for the countertops? Well, you could always use those materials to create an accent for another part of your home.

  • Donating to thrift stores or charities. Habitat for Humanity and other local charities are great options. If you’ve got bulkier items, some secondhand shops and charities will even pick them up from your home.

  • Recycling any eligible materials. Head to your local recycling center if you have items that are metal, glass, paper, cardboard or plastic. Some places will even accept batteries and electronics if you have no more use for them.

  • Contacting a scrap metal dealer. A scrap metal dealer may be interested in purchasing pieces of metal left over from the renovation.

  • Throwing it in a dumpster. Be aware that you might be required to pay a fee if you throw items in the city or county dump. Renting a dumpster for your property could also be an option.

If you’re working with an architect or designer, be sure to get their opinions. They may be able to recommend which items you should keep around as spare supplies.