The Unexpected Material That’ll Take Your Backsplash to the Next Level

published May 13, 2017
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(Image credit: Fantastic Frank)

Want to make your kitchen truly unique? Add a little bit of shine. A metallic backsplash, be it brass or copper, is a great way to bring the metallic trend into your kitchen, and to add a touch of luxury to a modern space. And, since there are no grout lines, there’s much less scrubbing than with typical tile — pretty and practical.

It is recommended that metal backsplashes be cleaned with a special metal cleaner, and that you not allow liquids to sit on the backsplash — something that hopefully won’t be an issue unless you happen to be a particularly vigorous dishwasher.

Above: A brass backsplash makes this kitchen in a home from Fantastic Frank particularly memorable.

The kitchen of this Catskills home, a design of Jersey Ice Cream Co., has a splashback behind the stove made from copper sheeting, which adds a little extra texture and a bit of an old-world feel.

(Image credit: London Design Collective)

This kitchen from London Design Collective has a bright, shiny copper backsplash that adds a touch of glamour to a modern kitchen. I especially like how the backsplash coordinates with the copper pendant in the kitchen.

(Image credit: Cote Maison)

Of course, you’ll be giving up on the whole ‘easy to clean’ bit, but a metallic tile backsplash, like this one from Cote Maison, is particularly unexpected and eye-catching.

(Image credit: Planete Deco)

A shiny copper backsplash adds a special warmth to a hyper-modern Swedish kitchen spotted on Planete Deco.

(Image credit: Dahlarna)

In this kitchen from Dahlarna, a brass splashback behind the stove provides a lovely contrast with the rough, textured concrete countertops — and is complemented by the elegant brass wafer pulls (which look like an offering from Superfront) and the brass toe kick.

(Image credit: Original Style)

The backsplash seen in this photo from Original Style, via Ideal Home, is actually a large-format glass tile with a metallic backing.

(Image credit: Øje-Blik)

This kitchen from Øje-Blik has only a short backsplash,but it still adds an unexpected and stylish touch to a kitchen that might otherwise be a bit dowdy. Allowing the brass to tarnish a little gives it an extra bit of texture.

(Image credit: Ferrum)

In this kitchen from Ferrum, a copper backsplash provides an unexpected but welcome contrast with the grey cabinets. The wood countertop provides a touch of warmth, and a copper faucet complements the backsplash.