Today Sam writes:
Diva, I’ve seen the backsplash panels that look like metal and I like the idea but I want something more contemporary. Is there anything similar that I can install quickly? Thanks for your help!
Yes Sam there is, they are called Aspect Metal Tiles. Aspect Metal Tiles are peel and stick backsplash tiles and they’re perfect for a contemporary styled space. But before I get into the specifics about these tiles, I’d like to point out that the panels you’ve previously looked at do come in contemporary styles. The most common ones mimic the patterns on old-fashioned ceiling tin tiles. But they do make them with more geometric shapes that aren’t as ornate. So make sure you visit the company’s website (or check out Fasade Backsplash) before completely crossing them off the list of potential backsplashes.
Unlike the panels you’ve been looking at, the Aspect Metal Tiles are much smaller at 3″ x 6″. This size is most commonly referred to as subway tile because it mimics the tile used on the walls in NY subway stations in the early 20th century. This size is perfect for backsplash tiles because it easier to cut when you have to work around outlets or make any angular cuts. This is something you should definitely consider before making your decision. While I love the metal looking panels, it was difficult for me to cut one that had to accommodate an outlet in the center as well as cut around the edge of my overlapping bar. While these cuts are not impossible to make, you will want to make sure you know what you are in for before beginning so you can adjust accordingly. In other words, make sure you plan ahead!
Back to the Aspect Metal Tiles, the 3″ x 6″ size and type of tiles are not only easy to cut but also fit in well with a contemporary kitchen. Since they’re available in four metal styles, there should be one that works with your color scheme. The choices provided are copper, stainless steel, brushed bronze or champagne. And all four colors come in either short or long grain. What this means is the direction of the brushed finishes either go horizontally or vertically across the tile. Each direction bounces light around differently so you will want to see them in person before ordering.
Even though the tiles are only available in one size, I don’t think that leaves you without any options for installation. That size is perfect for different patterns such as brickwork, basket weave and herringbone. If you think you may want to install the peel and stick backsplash tiles in a pattern, check out the website for more pattern options. The gallery has some wonderful pictures to help you decide exactly what you want.
As for being able to install quickly, the Aspect Metal Tiles are peel and stick to make installation even easier. After cleaning your wall, you simply peel off the back and stick the tiles to the clean surface. This approach should help you with a quick and easy installation. No matter which option you choose, whether it be metal looking backsplash tiles or peel and stick backsplash tiles, the installation will be much quicker than traditional backsplash tile. It’s just a matter of looking at the different colors and designs and finding the one that is right for you!
Do you have questions about the selecting or the installation of: tile, carpet or wall treatments (window blinds, etc)? Then email me your tale of woe (diva(at)homemakeoverdiva.com) and perhaps I will be able to answer your questions right here at the Home Makeover Diva Blog!