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Kitchen Design: 5 Backsplashes We Love

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Time for that tired old backsplash to go? Here are five ideas for new looks, ranging from top-of-the-line modern tile to the ultimate DIY version for an Airstream trailer.
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  The kitchen in Keisha Martin’s New York row house has ample cooking space and room for a crowd. The Ann Sacks tile backsplash softens the line of the stainless steel, while the black absolute granite countertop adds a muted counterpoint. Photo by Adam Friedberg.

    The kitchen in Keisha Martin’s New York row house has ample cooking space and room for a crowd. The Ann Sacks tile backsplash softens the line of the stainless steel, while the black absolute granite countertop adds a muted counterpoint. Photo by Adam Friedberg.

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  Choosing tile for the kitchen backsplash was the biggest struggle during the renovation of the very small kitchen in this one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment. The right design turned out to be light gray horizontal bars by Ann Sacks. Photo by Jeremy Liebman.

    Choosing tile for the kitchen backsplash was the biggest struggle during the renovation of the very small kitchen in this one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment. The right design turned out to be light gray horizontal bars by Ann Sacks. Photo by Jeremy Liebman.

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  Another New York row house, a completely different take on the backsplash: At the sink wall, the thin stainless steel line that separates the flush anigre panels from the Caesarstone backsplash is a recessed plug strip.

    Another New York row house, a completely different take on the backsplash: At the sink wall, the thin stainless steel line that separates the flush anigre panels from the Caesarstone backsplash is a recessed plug strip.

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  The backsplash in this renovated San Francisco kitchen is made of traditional Moroccan tiles and available through Emory & Cie. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

    The backsplash in this renovated San Francisco kitchen is made of traditional Moroccan tiles and available through Emory & Cie. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

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  Landscape architect Andreas Stavropoulos found a vintage Airstream trailer on Craigslist and redesigned the interiors. “I was intent on keeping the original stove, incorporating it into the cabinetry,” says Stavropoulos. “I created a backsplash using inexpensive aluminum flashing that I texturized with a ball-peen hammer.” Photo by Mark Compton. 

    Landscape architect Andreas Stavropoulos found a vintage Airstream trailer on Craigslist and redesigned the interiors. “I was intent on keeping the original stove, incorporating it into the cabinetry,” says Stavropoulos. “I created a backsplash using inexpensive aluminum flashing that I texturized with a ball-peen hammer.” Photo by Mark Compton.
     

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