Choosing a metal backsplash

Metal backsplashes are a quite popular option in the kitchen these days, especially in those that have modern and contemporary interior designs. A metal backsplash can be a unique focal point and it’s also a very functional option. It’s easy to clean and it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.  However, I think this can be a catch as I find myself always polishing my stainless steel appliances.  It’s not necessarily because they’re dirty but because it’s fun to policy shinny things.

There are several options to choose from when you decide which metal material to use. Here are some of the most popular ones along with the advantages and disadvantages that come with using them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

One of my favorite metals is copper.  I know what you’re thinking.  Copper is expensive!  However, you probably don’t need a lot so by comparison it’s pricey but doable.  You can also buy copper tiles in a wide variety of styles and colors.

A copper backsplash would look best in a kitchen with a retro interior design. It’s a soft material and it’s easy to mold and texture. Copper is also a lightweight material and this makes it easy to install. It’s a great option but at these prices I would let a professional installer do the work. You can install copper in tiles or in a single sheet. A copper backsplash is also easy to clean but it’s prone to discoloration over time. It also rusts easy and this doesn’t make it easy to maintain.

I like to think of copper aging like a French country kitchen who’s chef uses copper pots that never get polished.  The cooks let them patina and look old and well used.  I love that look!  Our copper pots look just like that and we love them.

stainless backsplashStainless steel is probably the best material to use for a metal backsplash. It’s durable, resistant to heat, easy to clean and easy to maintain since it doesn’t rust. Moreover, stainless steel backsplashes are versatile and available in a variety of shades. They can be installed in a single sheet for a minimalist look in the case of modern and contemporary kitchens or in tiles.  But, stainless is a popular option in my opinion.  It has a been there done that kind of look for me.  You can also buy stainless tiles in a wide variety of amazing and interesting styles to really produce a dynamic look.  Once again, I would have a professional installer do the work.

But I have to say that when I see a stainless steel backsplash in a new kitchen it looks amazing and I love it.  So, I’m conflicted about a stainless steel backsplash and if given the opportunity to spice things up and be different I would go with copper only because its new and nobody has over used it yet.

I will only mention brass as an option but I would not go with a brass tile backsplash.  It’s too hard to clean and work with plus it has an industrial look that I’m not quite sure about.

Brass is not a great material to use for a backsplash. Brass if not treated will rust and require constant maintenance.

If you opt for a brass backsplash you should know that it will need to be polished constantly and it will require a lot of work to keep clean. An advantage to brass would be that it offers the possibility to be printed, stamped or given a sharp sheen, options that other materials don’t offer.

James McCarthy