A few days ago, I spent some time touring a model condominium in downtown Kansas City while on assignment. Not only is the building a towering historic landmark (the tallest residential building in the Midwest, outside of Chicago) but it also houses some beautiful, modern condominiums. (Note: the below photo isn’t of the condo, sadly enough, because I wasn’t savvy enough to snap a pic while I was oohing, aahing and drooling!)
It seems like a minor detail when compared with the rest of the features and amenities, but one of the things that struck me most in the condo was the kitchen’s stainless steel backsplash. We’ve talked before here at C&H about using metal tiles to add a dose of oomph to your kitchen’s walls, but this was a solid sheet of stainless steel–and it made for an impressive, functional look that seamlessly blended with the kitchen’s stainless steel appliances and the home’s modern surroundings.
I’ve quickly realized that touring open houses and model condos/lofts can be a great way to glean inspiration for your own space. They typically display a variety of features, including upgraded options, and are so perfectly decorated that it’s like stepping into the pages of your favorite shelter magazine.
So if you’re considering a new backsplash in your own kitchen, you may want to opt for stainless steel. I like that it not only looks fantastic; it’s also a durable backdrop in a room that sees a high level of activity. Plus, with so many stainless steel cleaners on the market, it’s relatively easy to keep clean and maintain, if convenience is a factor (and isn’t it for all of us?)
And it’s available in many different forms, including sheets and tiles, some of which will adhere to your wall with just a simple epoxy. Be sure to do a bit of research or consult with a local professional to see if there are any installation tips specific to the type of backsplash material you’re installing.
What are your thoughts on a stainless steel backsplash? Do you prefer a warmer material, or does this provide a modern functionality that would be right at home in your kitchen?
Photo courtesy of Hudson Custom Fabrication
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