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Creative Backsplash Inspiration

What a coincidence...no sooner did I do a post on Decorati on alternative backsplash inspiration via decorative panels, than I see this post on Design*Sponge! It's a very similar, actually, identical concept, and a good one.

As we see on Design*Sponge famous for great ideas, it can be a DIY project or not. However you tackle it, it's different, it's creative, and it makes an alternative design statement with material other than tile, which is beautiful, of course, often stunning, but, let's face it, there really ARE more possibilities for the backsplash than tile.

Laura is the owner of Open Face Designs and this is a printed design that she created! Laura used plexiglass on top of her printed fabric, but I'd recommend that plexiglass not be used behind a cooktop or range. Glass is a better material, or, I could definitely see engineered stone or corian behind the cooktop to not clash with the beautiful pattern of the fabric. 

Think beyond tile...I think in this situation the backsplash looks warm, inviting, and "living room like." Don't you? 

Use any kind of fabric behind glass, decorative panels, yarns (wow, that could be amazing!) shade material, take a fuzzy throw blanket, the list goes on. What textures you could dream up! I want someone to put a chenille throw blanket behind glass and then send me a picture when you do, please! 

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Reader Comments (6)

Very Fun! I guess the trick is to get the sizing right so the fabric will lay flat.

May 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKitchAnn

Great ideas! You're making me think out of the box! How about several fancy tea towels pressed between glass and framed,hung on a backsplash. Or decorative plates. Thanks for the inspiration!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeonaGaita

That's a really brave idea that I think could work really well - if installed properly. I suppose it would have to be sealed so that it wouldn't yellow or get grease in there. Hmmm...

My first solution would be to apply the fabric with Velcro strips and secure the glass with clips so that you could take it all down and wash it.

Or, does someone have a good idea to keep the fabric from getting icky?

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Hi Jennifer! No, there is no ick factor...that's the purpose of the glass! Just use (preferably) an eco friendly glass cleaner and that's IT.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersusan

Hi Susan,

Love readin your blog, always something relevant to my kitchen planning. I have my countertops and cabinets chosen (finally!). When is a good time to choose backsplash tile, wait until after c-tops and cabinets are installed?

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlmosthere

Yaa..These are really creative blacksplash..Thanks for sharing your cool ideas on this.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStagingworks

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