Inspiration and DIY How to Use a Stainless Steel Backsplash to Modernize Your Kitchen

Photo features Urban Metals in Stainless 6 x 6 field tile on the wall and backsplash.
 
 

HOW TO USE A STAINLESS STEEL BACKSPLASH TO MODERNIZE YOUR KITCHEN

A stainless steel backsplash adds the unique combination of glamour and functionality to your kitchen. It can serve as a refreshing touch of creativity while also making your space seem larger than it actually is. That's why many people who live in smaller spaces choose metallic tile as their go-to design option. The reflective nature of a finish that resembles stainless steel will enhance the colors around it, helping to accent your home's tasteful decor. It also works perfectly with other materials, such as stone and glass tile, to give your backsplash areas true diversity in terms of style, color, and layout.

Understand Your Space

You don't have to live in the big city to get the urban-chic look that a stainless steel backsplash evokes. Metallic tile that resembles stainless steel complements everything, including rustic barnwood and glazed porcelain. The key to successfully implementing it into your home design starts with understanding your space in order to take advantage of your home's current features. So before you install your metallic backsplash, make sure you assess the space. Keep in mind that metallic tile will reflect light, so placing the tile on a wall opposite a window will immediately brighten your room. In addition, tile with a stainless finish looks great above a range, coffee nook, or on a floating island.

It's also important to know—and understand—your options when mixing different types of tile materials on your backsplash. Your entire backsplash doesn't need to be covered with metallic tiles, for instance, and mixing in stone or glass mosaics will make the metallic tile stand out. You can also add a tile border from Daltile's Metal Signatures collection for a modern, timeless look.

Photo features Urban Metals in Stainless 6 x 6 field tile on the wall and backsplash.

Consider a Bronze or Nickel Finish
People choose metallic tile in a bronze or nickel finish because it's rich and warm. These two shades are inviting and best used in backsplashes on primary walls, as they can serve as a striking focal point of any kitchen or bathroom. Both finishes are offered on a diverse range of products, offering countless design options and a wide variety of styles. Either can be used to create a striking, solid backsplash, or as a decorative accent among other colors, combining a mix of new and antique styles. Additionally, these two metallic finishes are also very easy to clean. Wiping down the tile with water and a microfiber cloth does the trick for most minor food splashes, and a weekly wash with warm water and a light, nonacidic soap can keep these metallic tiles looking great over the years. Keep in mind that by going with a tile that has a factory-applied Q-Seal, your metallic tile will hold up to abrasion, stains, and moisture more effectively over the course of its lifespan.

Draw Inspiration from Nature

Adding a stainless steel backsplash or a bronze-finished metallic tile wall are definitely ways to upgrade a space that needs a splash of personality. However, you don't have to stop there. If there are areas throughout your home that could use a touch of creativity, an effective way to achieve your design goals is to look outside your home for inspiration. In fact, many of the best interior designs are actually inspired by the outdoors. The shapes and colors found in nature are enough to spark anyone's creativity — especially if you're set on a design that incorporates nature's most powerful elements.

Take a walk along a creek and notice the natural limestone beneath your feet. The creek's reflective water will resemble the metallic tile, and the two elements are perfectly complementary. So why not incorporate a natural stone slab countertop alongside your stainless backsplash? A stone slab will deliver a captivating mix of color, movement, distinguishing lines, and finishes. These characteristics bring an understated sophistication to any application, including floors, walls, countertops, bathroom surfaces, or pool surrounds. Even if you're not considering stone as a centerpiece item, such as on the kitchen floor or backsplash, it does make for the perfect accent in combination with metallic tiles.

Photo features Bronze Geo 3 x 12 liner and Arc 1-1/2 x 12 liner combined as a chair rail. Wall features Veranda in Rust 13 x 20 in a grid pattern.

Utilizing natural light is another consideration when including elements from the outdoors. When you're designing your space, take into account where the windows are located and design around them. Incorporating metallic tile is a great way to take advantage of bright elements and windows. Metallic tile captures the natural light and reflects it throughout the room, livening up your space with its cool, gentle glow. If you're using tile for your flooring, consider using field tile with a polished finish that will reflect the light coming in through the windows. Doing so can enhance the brightness of your room and make it appear larger than it actually is. And when you're designing a space, overall size is a big factor in how you'll define your style.

Mix Classic and Modern Design Elements

The best-looking design doesn't rely on one piece or element. Instead, it uses a combination of design features that complement one another. This means not only combining material types, but design philosophies, as well. For example, you can bring in classic, Roman styles by incorporating large travertine tiles into your floor plan. These traditional elements look great next to the modern look of metallic tile. Adding a stainless steel backsplash using metallic mosaics over a natural stone countertop will take your design to the next level. This will leave you a with modern, interesting design for many years to come.

Before designing your space, ask yourself why you're doing it, who will use the space, and for what reasons. Then use your answers as the definitive driving forces to guide your design decisions. Stay committed to your principles and overall goals to make your design stand out and fit your needs at the same time. Also, make sure that you have time in your schedule to clean your metallic backsplash on a regular basis. Since many metallic tiles are made of porcelain or a composite material, they will hold up well to the elements of a kitchen, but regular maintenance with a soft soap and warm water will keep your tile looking new for years to come.