You might assume from the name that metal ceiling tiles belong on the ceiling, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Metal tiles can go on any surface in your home (although carpet may be more to your liking for the floor). They’re decorative, they’re sanitary, they’re easy to clean, and they make an excellent backsplash for your kitchen walls.
Metal tiles are a creative and fairly inexpensive way to add a bit of class and texture to any room of your home. Patterns range from simple geometric squares and circles to more complex floral and clover shapes inspired by architectural schools as far apart as Victorian mansions and medieval castles.
On top of that, tile sizes range from two-foot squares for drop ceilings down to six-inch squares perfectly sized to swarm around all the appliances and outlets that fill space between the upper and lower cabinets along your kitchen walls.
“Backsplashes” get their name for an obvious reason: cooking food can often get messy, and a good backsplash is less likely to stain and easier to clean than painted drywall. The usual choice for a backsplash is ceramic or glass tiles, but metal tiles offer a few benefits which neither alternative has.
All three surfaces are durable if you treat them right and easy to clean (hence why they’re considered for backsplashes at all), but ceramic tile isn’t quite as sanitary as it could be thanks to the porous grout that holds the tiles in place. As for the other alternative, glass tiles are relatively fragile if they’re hit with sufficient force, whereas a metal tile will simply take a dent and keep on protecting your wall.
There’s also no reason to worry about any sort of rust or corrosion from too much exposure to spills and steam. A good finish will protect the underlying steel from the effects of water, and it also makes metal tiles supremely easy to wipe down and clean with just soap and water.
Whether you’re designing a new kitchen for a new house or remodeling an old kitchen to add value and convenience to your home, adding a metal tile backsplash behind your stove and counters is an excellent way to do both at once. And if you go with metal tiles, you’ll not just be protecting your walls with the best material possible, you’ll be adding the most detail and decoration of any of your alternatives.