While peel and stick backsplash tiles are primarily synthetic in nature, they usually sport a thin layer of a different material on top of a plastic polymer for capturing a natural feel. Here are some of the best materials for peel and stick backsplash tiles:
Need something durable? => Vinyl
Backsplash tiles are rather thin by design, and materials like wood or glass do not improve its durability. Synthetic materials like vinyl, on the other hand, are quite strong.
It is also available in a dizzying array of patterns and colors, so you are likely to find a style that suits your kitchen (or bathroom) look quite easily. Moreover, vinyl is also waterproof as well as stain proof, which makes it pretty low maintenance.
Like to keep it bright? => Glass
Glass is your go-to option for a sophisticated look. Glass tiles reflect light beautifully, creating a very bright and cheery atmosphere in your kitchen. Colors show up especially well in glass, so picking a colored tile or a frosted panel can work very well.
The only problem with glass as a material for backsplash tiles is how much maintenance it requires. Fingerprints and grease stick quite easily on these tiles, forcing you to clean it quite frequently.
Going for a modern style? => Metal
Metallic materials like stainless steel, tin, or copper are great choices for a backsplash tile. They are easy to clean and have a natural sheen that lends a very distinct look to your kitchen or bathroom.
The only drawback is corrosion, which can be avoided if you choose stainless steel, which is also more durable and resists scratches.
Metal backsplash tiles fit quite well with a modern styled bathroom (or kitchen), which already focuses on utilitarian design with a chrome finish. These tiles also make it possible to make clever use of lighting to confer a bright, reflective appearance.
Want a more traditional look? => Wood
Wood is an excellent material for backsplash tiles, as the subtly varying grain of each tile creates a wonderful gradient effect with very little effort.
The backdrop of polished wood evokes the timbered house look, which makes wooden backsplash tiles work particularly well with a kitchen or bathroom with an antique theme.
If polished semi-regularly, wooden backsplash tiles can really add to the aesthetic appeal, especially if you weave a tapestry of various shades ranging from soft muted colors to darker tints.
Looking for a natural texture? => Stone
There is quite a large variety of backsplash tiles available with a mineral layer on top. Minerals like granite, limestone, marble, or onyx are great at capturing the natural stone feel. No two tiles look the same, which can help in creating a very unique and distinctive backdrop.
Minerals like granite are also durable and water-resistant; qualities that are ideal for a backsplash tile. The only problem is that the rough texture tends to accumulate dirt, and ends up being a tad difficult to clean.
For this reason (and due to its natural porosity), many people like to apply a sealant after installing stone backsplash tiles.