A backsplash in a kitchen or bathroom not only has the potential to incorporate a dramatic design element into the space, it is essential for protecting the walls in these rooms. Walls above cabinets and counters are prone to water and mess which could cause damages, so backsplashes help to create a protective barrier. If you want to add high impact to the backsplash at low cost, vinyl tiles might be an option that works for both your aesthetic considerations and your budget.
Peel and Stick
Vinyl is a good alternative to other backsplash installations, such as glass or ceramic tile, because it takes much less effort. You have no need for a wet saw, mixing grout or using a trowel. Instead you can find vinyl tiles from your local home supply store in any color, size or texture you would like to coordinate with your home decor. Once you have selected the layout for your tiles, simply peel away the backing and stick them directly to the wall. To trim the vinyl to size, create a pattern for your vinyl tile with a sheet of paper. Trace directly onto the tile, and use scissors or a sharp utility knife to cut.
Vinyl is so versatile that it can be found in any number of different decorating schemes. From traditional damask or floral prints to solid-colored tiles in assorted sizes and textures or even contemporary tiles with bold, graphic prints, vinyl tiles can be found to suit your needs. If you are only covering a small backsplash surface, such as in a bathroom, use scrap vinyl tiles from the manufacturer to save costs. You can also use a variety of small tiles to create a mosaic.
Vinyl Faux Wood Tiles
For a resort-like look, vinyl tiles that look like wood can be an elegant option. Vinyl tiles are also more durable than actual wood, which means they can withstand the excess moisture often created in these backsplash environments. They will not warp, swell with water and bow the way real wood will in these situations. Along with being more durable, vinyl wood tiles are easier to apply to the wall. Simply clean and sand the surface, peel back the adhesive on the back of the tile and stick in place.
Vinyl tiles are very easy to install, but they can be difficult to remove. If you are worried about damaging the walls, you can instead cut a piece of thin plywood to size. Apply your tiles directly to this sanded surface instead of the wall. While vinyl tiles are difficult to remove, you can easily cover them with more vinyl, wood or any other tile.
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