We spend a lot of time standing at the stove, so why not make the view a pleasant one? Because it is such a small area, it won't take much money or time to up the pretty factor. Using even the most expensive materials won't break the bank. And the size means decorating is probably a do-it-yourself project. Here, a tile mosaic reflects the homeowner's love of fishing. Use this backsplash space to reflect your personality!
Whichever look you chose, make sure the materials are fireproof and splatterproof!
The most common material used for backsplashes can also be innovative. Just one focal piece tile adds spark; a whole new section makes the kitchen shine.
A coat of an accent color, a stencil pattern, or even a small mural adds drama. Try blackboard paint so you can post inspirational messages, menus or to-do lists. Sheets of glass protect this bold paint job.
Incorporating travel finds or antiques adds rustic personality. This 19th-century iron fireback, with the image of the Roman goddess Venus, could have been leaned against the tile for portability.
Installing or propping up any sheet of shiny metal brightens the space. Tacking up a sheet of stainless steel means easy clean up and some sparkle.
Bright and bold, these stickers add whimsy. Change them out when a new mood strikes.
Inject your personality by propping up a piece of art -- folksy, modern, classic, any style works. Try putting kids' work behind glass for a treasured piece.
Adding a shelf means more space for cooking supplies and items that personalize your kitchen.
Even if there isn't marble anywhere else in your kitchen, a square here ups the class factor. You can install a large marble tile or lean a piece of salvage.
Let a little light in by installing glass block. Or prop up a mirror to reflect light around the room.
A small section of brick or brick veneer adds down-home feel.
Hang a tole platter (pictured) or any serving piece -- china, silver, your dinnerware pattern.
Keep sight lines clear but sneak in storage by installing glass shelves.
A window behind a stove adds light and brings in outdoor beauty. (Codes vary about rules on windows above stoves; check yours before installing.)
Painted beaded board adds charm to a homey kitchen.
Wooden cooking tools fill this spot with warmth. Here, a large cutting board and oven peel double the impact.
Distract the eye from a simple backsplash with a row of shiny pots. Or hang a collection of tinware, cake molds, stirrers or other cooking gear.