Update your cooking space with quick, easy, and decorative surfaces.
classic wood-grain formica laminate
For a retro-mod kitchen, try a wood-grain Formica laminate for both the countertop and backsplash. Aluminum T-nose edging completes the diner-esque look.
classic homey butcher block
Homey butcher block against painted nail-in tin has a lived-in country look.
What you need to know about butcher block: It requires regular disinfecting and wiping with mineral oil to prevent brittleness.
classic subway tile
Old-standby subway tile feels refreshingly new in a light blue tint and paired with an ebony work counter surface.
What you need to know about tile: Affordable and heat- and scratch-resistant. Grout, however, requires cleaning and regular sealing to protect from stains, and ceramic tiles can chip.
In this ultrasophisticated combo, the shimmering steel countertop echoes the intricate veining of Carrera marble.
What you need to know about marble: More porous than other stones (like granite), so it stains readily. Seal it every six months.
modern laminate tiles
Two basic materials--4" x 4" tiles and an inexpensive laminate--that add up to the happiest kitchen ever.
What you need to know about laminate: Cheap, stain-resistant and easy to clean, but doesn't hold up to scratches or heat.
modern hand-painted moroccan tiles
Laying the same tiles on counter and backsplash creates a seamless field (and we love the surprise of exotic, hand-painted Moroccan tiles in an all-white country kitchen).
Let an exciting print do the talking. Overlay with glass to protect the wallpaper.
moorish-style cement tiles
These handmade Moorish-style cement tiles look great with a natural material like butcher block or marble.
natural glass mosaic tiles
The mottled greens and yellows of a glass mosaic tile play off the sleekness of stainless steel.
natural "repose" tiles in clarity
A sky blue paired with a dusty brown below--it's like a Western landscape.
Sinuous, oversize helices with a glossy white counter would be even more dramatic accompanied by dark cabinets.
This wood-grain laminate is meant for ceilings but also makes a beautiful backsplash (you can paint it any color).