Inexpensive backsplash ideas for basement galley kitchen
beefladyFebruary 2, 2014
We have a ground floor rental suite with a galley kitchen, just re-done in Ikea cabinets, dark grey laminate counters and white appliances. The space doesn't have a lot of natural light and it needs a backsplash - we don't want to spend a lot of money (no wall of delicious glass tiles) because it is a rental suite - so looking for cost effective ideas. I've thought of white subway tiles but wonder if they would be too "bathroomy" and might clash with the dark grey counters.

The ideas from the Houzz community are always so wonderful so I'm reaching out yet again - thank you so much for any thoughts or comments.
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You could use semi-gloss or even high-gloss paint in the same color white as the appliances. I have lived in three apartments with paint-only backsplashes. It is easy to wipe off, and one does not have to worry about keeping the grout clean. Other Houzzers will have different ideas from mine.
Best wishes.
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Amy Stokes
The white subway will be the cheapest and most low maintenance. For flair, you can install it in a pattern other than the classic brick lay. Google subway tile patterns for ideas.
    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 12:04PM
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thank you - interesting idea, I will take a look
    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 12:09PM
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Paint it red or other strong colour and use the colour for other highlights and appliances etc
    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 12:22PM
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I never thought of that - thanks for the idea.
    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 12:24PM
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You can get stick-on mosaic tiles. Look for them at Home Depot for example :-)
    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 12:24PM
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Southern Wild Garden Design
Just completed a kitchen renovation in my "new" 1960 bungalow. I used white subway tiles with a black accent for a very classic look. I found the tile and Home Depot and Lowes. It was very inexpensive for the tile and installment. You can see my blog post with pics at

Good luck!
    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 12:58PM
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Wow - that looks great - my own kitchen is IKEA as well - and I LOVE it...
    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 1:16PM
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To me the subway tile is too trendy if the cabinetry doesn't match the period.
It might be worthwhile to contact a glass company and get a price on sheet glass or smoke mirror rather than tile. Frosted glass over a pool green/blue wall would look gorgeous against the gray and light wood.
    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 2:38PM
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