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Stainless Steel Backsplash: Hot Design Ideas for Upscale Style

Aug 18, 2007
If you're looking to make a bold, modern statement in your kitchen, look no further than installing a stainless steel backsplash!

These pieces really brighten up your kitchen environment and give it a clean, sleek look. But it can be warm and interesting too, so don't limit yourself... metals can be incorporated into almost any design theme.

Backsplash Design

Used for decades in restaurants, stainless steel is undergoing a makeover as of late. You aren't restricted to just smooth sheets anymore.

Stainless steel backsplashes now come in a wide assortment of patterns and finishes and are an increasingly popular, stylish addition to today's updated and upscale kitchens.

When considering your backslpash idea, think about what kind of look or design theme you have in mind for your kitchen. Stainless steel is an extremely versatile material and no matter what you are looking to do, it offers some interesting possibilities.

If you enjoy using lots of different tools and gadgets in the kitchen, considering using stainless steel as the primary design material and going for a highly-polished, ultramodern look. For something cozier, try a matte finish. Or combine stainless steel tiles with other materials, such as glass or tumbled marble. You could even do just a portion of the backsplash with stainless... say around the cooktop.

Cost

A stainless steel backsplash can be rather spendy, but it will vary depending on size and complexity. Tiles, for instance, can run from 40 to 200 dollars per square foot. Yikes! That's more than many stone and glass tiles or other backsplash materials. But it can really make a big difference in the look and feel of your kitchen.

Sheets are less expensive, but will require expert installation. Expect to pay at least 20 dollars per square foot to fabricate and install sheets.

Backsplash Care and Cleaning

Caring for a stainless steel backsplash is a breeze! For day-to-day cleaning, warm water and soap on a soft cloth will take care of this highly hygienic surface. For a spotless finish, remember to wipe dry. Also, new sprays can keep fingerprints under control.

Do remember that the acids that come from tomato or citric acid can cause blemishes, as can bleaches and chlorides. Stains typically only occur in extreme cases when the substance has been left for days. Normal cleaning and a thorough rinse will take care of this. For further protection, consider applying a sealer.

Installation

The most common look is a sheet of stainless steel that has been custom-fit to your kitchen. This is a fairly straightforward installation. When going with this look, all that needs to be done is to take measurements of area for a sheet of steel to be cut to size. After this sheet has been prepared, it is "glued" to the wall with silicone caulking or screwed into a backing.

Tiles require less expertise, but are similarly applied to a backing attached to the wall.

Pros and Cons

While your stainless steel backsplash will be durable, heat resistant and easy to clean, do keep in mind that it will scratch and dent easier than a backsplash made out of ceramic, granite or marble. Patterned tiles are excellent for hiding blemishes that occur through normal use. Happily, though, it does not require polishing, so unlike copper, zinc or brass, it will not discolor over time.

Design Alternatives

Other currently popular ideas you may consider when designing your backsplash is the use of copper or tin. Do find out how they will perform in a kitchen environment, though, so you aren't surprised if you copper discolors! For a truly unique look, why not consider mixing stainless steel tile with another metal?

Whether you're looking to redo your kitchen or you're designing your kitchen as part of your new home construction, consider installing a stainless steel backsplash for stylish durability!
About the Author
Author Ryan Burden publishes CountertopSpecialty.com, which provides expert guidance and information on custom countertops and backsplashes AND . . . produces a nice income. Perhaps YOU have a business or passion that you'd like to turn into online profits. Learn how with Websites That Work.
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