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I can't tell you how disappointed I am when I visit a friend that oozes with creativity and see that their backsplash is the same brown granite as anyone else's. Kitchen backsplashes are so often overlooked as something mundane, unnoticed or unnecessary. And the truth is? The backsplash, in my opinion, is one of the more important design elements of the kitchen. Aside from appliances, they can make a massive impact when done right.

Even better? They don't necessarily have to carry a huge price tag. Here I've rounded up a few of my favorite creative DIY backsplashes to both inspire and remind you that a backsplash doesn't exist solely for functional purposes...

kitchen, backsplash, wallpaperHave a few spare rolls of wallpaper? Tackle that backsplash. Photo: Apartment Therapy

1. Wallpaper
Wallpaper is great for adding an unexpected dose of pattern to any space, and the backsplash is not to be excluded. Try the look by bolting a thin sheet of glass over the wallpaper to prevent peeling or discoloring of the paper itself. Other ideas inspired by the wallpaper look? For a kid-friendly and educational kitchen, try placing your child's artwork or old, typographic report cards behind plexiglass. I'd love to see some vintage alphabet flash cards in a family kitchen's backsplash, as well. The possibilities are truly endless with a sheet of glass to protect from stains!

2. Ceramics
No, we're not talking tile here. Why not line up a few plates for a backsplash that adds a fun, decorative architectural element to the room? Plate hangers are both inexpensive and perfect for switching out decor quickly and easily. I think the look would be gorgeous in a country-inspired kitchen or even a more modern setting. (I'd love these Thomas Paul melamine plates in a stark, black and white kitchen!)

3. Chalkboard
Your elementary school teacher would be so proud. Simply add a few coats of chalkboard paint to the space above your sink and under your cabinets for an instant, schoolroom-inspired aesthetic that is super easy to maintain. Bonus? You'll never lose that to-do list again; just grab a piece of chalk and let the fun begin!
Hint: You can even learn how to make your own chalkboard paint right here!

Promise me you'll ditch the granite, OK? There are far too many great ideas to waste away with a brown marble look-alike!


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