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12 Awesome Backsplashes that Aren’t Tile

Watching the latest design shows, it can be hard to believe there is a material for backsplashes other than tile. While tile will always be the classic option, here are 12 awesome backsplashes that break the mold.

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WoodCourtesy of Farm and Foundry

Wood

Beadboard is a lightweight and versatile product perfect for backsplashes. Painted or raw, it really packs decor punch, especially when installed in a unique way, like the chevron design pictured. An easy DIY project, you can install this yourself in a weekend and with our guide on how to scribe for a perfect fit, you'll be sure to have professional results. And for durability, protect the wood with washable paint or marine varnish. Image: Courtesy of Farm and Foundry Plus: You need to see these 27 incredible kitchen storage solutions.

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BrickMonkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Brick

If you haven't been blessed with exposed brick accent walls in your home, you can easily recreate the rustic feel with brick veneer. Which can be installed with construction adhesive. And veneer brick is thin enough to cut around receptacles and outlets for a seamless look. Brick backsplashes will give any home an updated kitchen. Ever consider trendy subway tile for your backsplash? Read this first!

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WindowsCourtesy of Toronto Designers

Windows

Who says backsplashes need to be a solid wall? With our guide on how to install a window, you'll be one step closer to a kitchen that is light, bright and airy. Just be sure to check your local building inspector to make sure that any planned window additions meet local planning guidelines Image: Courtesy of Toronto Designers

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Pressed TinCourtesy of Melina Gates

Pressed Tin

If the real deal is out of your budget, you can create the timeless look of tin with Decorative Ceiling Tiles. Easy to install, these faux tiles can be cut with regular scissors and installed with construction adhesive, making this a reasonable weekend project to tackle. Once done pressed tin backsplashes wow! Image: Melina Gillies

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Stone

Stone

Once relegated to exterior applications, installing stone facing indoors has become a hot trend in recent years. The warmth and look of real stone adds a distinguished European vibe to any kitchen and is an easy DIY backsplashes project. Image: Courtesy of Norstone USA

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MirrorThomas Barrat/Shutterstock

Mirror

For kitchens with low-lighting conditions, installing a mirrored backsplashes can be a great way to lighten the space and add a modern touch. And learn how to drill a hole in a mirror, and you can even customize your backsplash to hang utensils or other kitchen tools.

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WallpaperFamily Handyman

Wallpaper

Install a wallpaper backsplash for an unexpected pop of color that is easy to install. Today's wallpaper is high-tech and durable, making it a cinch to install, and easy to remove when you decide to try a new look.

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Pegboard

Pegboard

It's no secret that you can organize anything with pegboard, so why skip the kitchen? Pegboard is paintable, inexpensive and easy to install—and it makes a statement. Paint it a soft pastel and stencil for a vintage look, or stain dark and accent with raw metal for an industrial edge. Pegboard kitchen backsplashes allow for plenty of organization! Photo: Courtesy of Liz Clayman/Refinery 29

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PlywoodCourtesy of Stylizimo

Plywood

Industrial-chic is all the rage in home décor, which is great news for frugal homeowners who want to renovate on a budget. Plywood can be a perfect choice for kitchen backsplashes. But be sure you understand the different grades of plywood and their applications before tackling this job. Photo: Courtesy of Stylizimo

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Kitchen Updates: Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Tiles

Kitchen Updates: Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Tiles

The recent influx of peel-and-stick tiles to the market has provided homeowners with the look and feel of luxury tile for a fraction of the cost. The application is as simple and peel and stick, and these tiles can be installed over existing tile and many other surfaces, making it an easy way to boost the value of your home. Here are 30 more backsplash ideas that will inspire you.

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Pennies

Pennies

A true one-of-a-kind masterpiece that is a literal testament to the affordable home improvements you have made. As far as backsplashes go, the results are incredible. But bring your patience, as cleaning and installing pennies can be painstaking work. Photo: Courtesy of Pretty Purple Door

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Chalkboardvia John & Melanie

Chalkboard

Chalkboard paint is a trendy way to spice up your walls, but it's also practical for kitchen backsplashes. Jot down your grocery list, daily menu or just write yourself a happy quote to ponder over morning coffee. And best of all, chalkboard paint is perfect over magnetic paint, making the organization possibilities endless. Photo: Courtesy of John & Melanie