Copper backsplash for a distinctive kitchen with unique character

by Kremy

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Perhaps you have looked at kitchens with various designs and modern backsplash tiles and they all look more or less the same to you. Do you want to have a kitchen with a really unique character and atmosphere? May be you should start thinking in a different direction and consider a copper backsplash! This optically warm metal has many advantages and has been used by humans since Bronze Age for various purposes – from rooftops to mailboxes. It certainly does have a lot of character and beating the appearance of the reddish metal is very, very hard.

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The pros of copper in design terms are that it blends in traditional, rustic and modern designs. It adds a lot of character to the interior and is an immediate focal point as hardly any material can provide the same warm glowing look. With time the metal oxidizes and develops a patina which is very appealing.

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A copper kitchen backsplash is particularly suitable for smaller kitchens as it reflects light to create an illusion of a bigger space. Metallic backsplashes are very easy to clean without the standard domestic cleaners. A mixture of lemon juice and salt will scour it well or even some warm water and soap will do the trick.

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The red-brown metal is non porous and has natural antimicrobial properties which makes it a perfect backsplash surface. It is the ideal choice for people committed to sustainable living as it often can be salvaged from scrap yards. Last but not least – copper sheets and tiles for a kitchen backsplash are a perfect DIY project and are found in most hardware stores.

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One of the biggest cons of copper backsplashes is that they can be easily damaged. It can be scratched or dented without too much force. Although many people enjoy the patina of the visually warm metal, which is the result of oxidation, the process of discoloration would eventually turn your backsplash green.

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Fingerprints are visible on smooth metallic surfaces as well as scratches. Acids are not copper-friendly and even vinegar may cause damage to the color and shine which requires a certain amount of attention from the homeowner.

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