A laminate backsplash is an architectural element used as a transition between kitchen walls and countertops. The backsplash protects the wall from damage or stains from food or kitchen ware. It also serves as a decorative element, adding a bit of extra style or flair to help tie the rest of the kitchen together from a visual standpoint. A laminate backsplash construction starts with a base material of fiberboard or plywood. Builders measure the base cabinets and countertops and produce a template for use in producing the backsplash. Installers lay thin sheets of laminate over the base material, using construction or laminate adhesive to join these materials together. The edges of the board can then be trimmed using thin strips of laminate in a matching color or finish. If you love the rich look of copper or the shimmer of stainless steel but hate the high price tag, consider a backsplash made from laminate with a faux metal finish.
This material adds a bit of shine to your space yet requires less maintenance than backsplashes made from real metal, which may form a patina over time depending on finish. Manufacturers produce this laminate in sheets and tiles designed to mimic the look of copper, aluminum, graphite, bronze and many other metallic finishes. Consider both mirrored and matte designs, as well as options designed to resemble aged bronze or etched copper. Use a faux metal backsplash to complement a rich copper sink or aged bronze hardware in the kitchen.