Eclectic Homes

Tin's a Win for Kitchen Backsplashes

August 4, 2019

As a lover of interiors with vintage kitchens and charm whose characters shine with a mixture of metals, I find tin backsplashes are the ultimate detail. A kitchen’s backsplash is often its focal point, and with tin you’re ensured a win. Designed following the detailed tin ceilings that originally graced Victorian homes, this durable metal brings sophisticated architectural detail to a kitchen with little work.

Tin backsplashes are usually composed of sheets of tin with either forged or pressed patterns. The patterns are generally made in 6-inch cubes that stand alone or appear to weave together to create a larger-scale design. The sheets are then cut to the dimensions of the backsplash region they’re being installed on and applied with adhesive and tacks, based on the provider’s instructions. Sold in sheets out of outfitters like The American Tin Ceiling Co., 24″ x 24″ tiles start at $24.

Whether you’re striving for vintage detailing or a modern punch of alloy, when you bring tin down to counter level, the results could be sensational.

Jill Wolff Interior Design

The pressed-tin backsplash sparkles next to the oil-rubbed-bronze cupboard hardware within this California scullery.

Goforth Gill Architects

A custom hood and tin clover backsplash showcase the kitchen’s 36-inch Wolf Dual Fuel Range.

Jessica Risko Smith Interior Design

Tin backsplashes are generally made from 6-inch squares to fit equally within a standard 18-inch kitchen backsplash.

Goforth Gill Architects

Soapstone countertops, a pressed-tin backsplash and Willamette pendants all contribute to the new kitchen’s vintage charm.

Murphy Bros.. Design | Build | Remodel

While the fridge is camouflaged with cupboard panels, the tin backsplash and stainless steel appliances utilize metal to contribute to the kitchen’s visual seamlessness.

Kipnis Architecture + Planning

An antique lab base cabinet functions as the kitchen island, and reclaimed tin ceiling tiles were repurposed and installed as a kitchen backsplash in the East Evanston, Illinois, historical home.

CliqStudios Cabinets

Loaded with charming antique components, this Minneapolis kitchen comes with a tin backsplash that complements the area’s original tin ceiling.

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