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Kitchen Backsplash Ideas Besides Tile

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Learn about 14 kitchen backsplash ideas besides tile. 

Think outside the tile.

For some kitchens, tile is not the right solution. Or maybe you just don’t want to deal with thinset, grout and a tile saw! Who can blame you? I don’t always want to deal with the mess of demo and construction. 

Perhaps you just want something a bit different, so I’ve found some great kitchen backsplash ideas.

Many of these are perfect for people who are renting and wanting to cover up ugly tile. The wall panels can be installed with 3M strips, but there are many peel and stick ideas to make your kitchen beautiful. 

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Backsplash


Consider the style of your home when choosing a backsplash. Beadboard would look out of place in a modern home, for instance.


Think about the other fixtures in the room that are not changing. The backsplash needs to coordinate with those existing finishes. 

Also consider adding color as an accent. This is the perfect chance to add your favorite color into the room! 


If you’re room is dim, you probably don’t want to add more dark colors. Adding shiny finishes can make a space feel brighter and larger. 


Consider adding pattern to your backsplash to make your backsplash a focal point. There are so many fun ways to add pattern!

Maintenance Needs

Kitchens get greasy, so don’t choose materials that will be difficult to clean. Unless you’re not much a cook. Then go nuts. 

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

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Kitchen Backsplash Ideas Besides Tile

14 backsplash ideas besides tile. Many of these are perfect for rentals!

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