Mirror Backsplash in the Kitchen

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Here's a small space solution that intrigues me: A mirror backsplash in the kitchen. I remember seeing photographs of designer Thomas O'Brien's New York City galley kitchen (above) years ago, and thinking that it was an interesting idea. The mirror reflects light into the room and gives a feeling of openess to the normally cramped-feeling space between the counter and the upper cabinets. Plus, glass is an easy material to clean (hello, Windex). On the negative side, the mirror could create visual clutter, if you keep a lot of things on your countertops.

It's hard to tell from these photos because they have been professionally lit and retouched, but I think they have me convinced that a mirror backsplash is a great idea for a small kitchen--or a big one for that matter! The mirror really does open up the space.

Thomas O'Brien must have decided a mirror backsplash was a wise choice because he repeated the mirrored look in this kitchen that appeared in Domino.

And another more recent interior by O'Brien, the kitchen design for the apartments at Greenwich Lane.

ASH NYC's Ari Heckman employed the same technique in his small West Village one bedroom, which was featured in Lonny

Not only space-enhancing, mirrors can give a kitchen a kick of glamor. Case in point: Mirrors line the walls in designer Stephanie Stokes's chic 48-square-foot kitchen in New York City, seen in House Beautiful

A mirror backsplash keeps the look clean in this white-on-white kitchen from Better Homes & Gardens. I like how the mirror does not continue behind the stovetop here.

What do you think? Does anyone have experience with a mirror backsplash? Is it practical? Better than tile? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Liz Fenton said...

I always thought of doing that in our den in Darien. I think it would be practical because you can use winded!


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