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How to Feature a Metal Backsplash in Your Kitchen and Bathroom

The beauty of featuring a metal backsplash in a kitchen and bathroom is that it can easily complement stainless steel appliances, a stainless steel sink, faucet handles with a metal finish, or exposed plumbing.

Metallic tiles, which mimic real metal, are the perfect material option if you're looking for a practical but luxe look. You can use tile in a minimalist way to highlight appliances or other bathroom features, or you can make it the star of the design. The key is to use metallic tile sparingly. Here are some inspirational tips and ideas.

Pick the Right Metallic Tile

If you're looking for a memorable, well-crafted, and long-lasting backsplash that protects your walls and adds beauty to your home, start with the Saxon Metals and Refined Metals lines. Both are made with recycled content here in the U.S. They're also protected by Q-Seal, a water- and stain-resistant permanent sealer that also protects against scratches. What's more, tiles with Q-Seal never need resealing, which is an important consideration in high-use bathrooms and kitchens.

For a classic, muted, low-key-but-still-beautiful look, go with tile from Saxon Metals, and for a sophisticated, modern vibe, go with Refined Metals. The matte look of the Saxon Metals line will allow your shiny, polished stainless steel appliances to stand out and be the star of the show. You should consider designing a backsplash that mixes Saxon Metals 12 x 6 Bronze and Iron Mural tiles with a neutral natural stone tile. The muted tile finish will keep the eye moving, create some texture, and serve as a conversation piece that will have your guests talking for days and weeks to come. If you make your backsplash recessed, you'll end up with a practical ledge for spices, salt, and other cooking supplies.

Photo features Saxon Metals in Bronze 3 x 12 Signet Border; 2 x 12 Chair Rail, 2 x 2 Signet Dots, and 12 x 6 Mural with Mocha Tumbled Stone on the wall and counter.


Consider an Unusual Country Vibe

Surprisingly, a metallic bathroom backsplash can be used within a country-style space. For example, if your bathroom has a conventional claw-foot tub, using a mix of metallic and natural stone tile will allow the backsplash to blend into the background. Not only will the backsplash protect the walls, but it will heighten the beauty of your bathtub or shower. This mix of tiles looks the best next to light cabinet finishes and medium to dark countertops. Plain tiles with a gunmetal finish are another stunning addition to your kitchen backsplash. Pair your backsplash with a granite countertop that features metal flecks and stainless steel faucets.

Create a Contemporary Look

A metal backsplash is a perfect addition to a more contemporary, modern look. So if you're designing a sleek bathroom or kitchen for a city loft, or a space for a new house that features industrial finishes, metallic tile is a great material option. Specifically, the Refined Metals line is available in array of sizes that are designed to work in tandem with other types of tile. For instance, consider mixing different shades to create an interlocking mosaic pattern on the wall that overlooks your kitchen stove or sink. This feature wall will add width to a narrow, small kitchen, and the linear pattern will draw the eye up. A metallic backsplash also looks great next to a contemporary, industrial stainless steel tub. It picks up the tub's silvery hues and gives the entire bathroom a bit of flair and elegance.

Whether you use Saxon Metals or Refined Metals, with proper care and maintenance, you'll be able to keep your tiled areas attractive and protected for decades. Make sure to use a regular liquid, nonabrasive household cleaner, and perform a test in a small inconspicuous area. Stay away from scouring pads, steel wool, or other rough-textured cleansers that could damage the tile surface. If you're ready to get started on your design, head to your local retail dealer.