If you’re ready for a bathroom upgrade, check out this eye-catching bevy of backsplashes that’ll safeguard your walls and look good doing it.
Pro: Beautiful; readily available; non-toxic Con: Can be expensive; installation isn’t for DIYers; needs regular maintenance (seal once a year) Cost: $20-$200 per sq. ft. for custom marble backsplash with installation; save money with marble tiles, $10-$20 per sq. ft.
Pro: Stands up to moisture and resists stains; easy-to-clean; lasts for decades Con: Custom tiles can be pricey; cleaning grout requires lots of patience Cost: $1 to $250 per square foot; installation adds $5-$10 per sq. ft. Credit: Angie Hranowsky Design Studio
8 Bathroom Backsplash BeautiesConcrete Ideas
Pro: Durable; seamless application is waterproof; cleans up nicely Con: Specialized application process requires experience; industrial look not for everybody; should be resealed every year Cost: $10-$45 per square foot Credit: DHD - David Howell Design/ David Joseph, photographer
8 Bathroom Backsplash BeautiesPut a Cork in It
Pro: Environmentally friendly material; easy to install for DIYers; can stain any color Con: Must be resealed periodically; soft surface may show wear after a few years Cost: $15 per square foot, material only Credit: Molly Frey Design
8 Bathroom Backsplash BeautiesModern Classic
Pro: Waterproof; stain resistant; cleans easily; seamless bathroom vanities; lots of colors Con: Can be pricey; not a DIY project; synthetic look not for everyone Cost: $45-$75 per square foot, installed Credit: Simona Gosu
8 Bathroom Backsplash BeautiesExpressing Yourself
Pro: Fun to use; cleans easily; water-resistant; inexpensive; sticks to drywall, metal, and wood Con: Spills and splashes (toothpaste, mouthwash) may stain if not cleaned immediately; dark color isn’t for everyone Cost: $15/quart Credit: Percy Bright and Tara Mangini
8 Bathroom Backsplash BeautiesThe Power of Paint
When converting a porch of an older home into a powder room, the owners decided to keep the rustic board siding exposed. No backsplash means paint has to protect the wood siding from water, so choose a tough, scrubbable paint with a high or semi-gloss sheen.
Pro: Limitless colors; simple look is charming Con: Wall surface is exposed to splashes; joints behind the sink must be caulked Cost: $20-$40/gallon
8 Bathroom Backsplash BeautiesWho’s the Fairest of Them All?
You’ll be looking fine with a wall-to-wall mirror that’s also a backsplash. A one-piece installation avoids seams, although you should caulk between the mirror and the vanity top. Use tempered glass for safety.
Pro: Stain- and waterproof; reflects ambient light; easy to clean Con: Mirrors require constant cleaning; large, one-piece installations are heavy Cost: $8-$15 per sq. ft., installed