Good Bones' Mina Starsiak Hawk's Trick For Creating A Trendy Tile Backsplash On A Budget

Choosing the right backsplash for your kitchen can make or break your design aesthetic. While many people focus on cabinetry and counters when redesigning a kitchen, the space between them is often one of the hardest to get right and can be surprisingly costly even when it's a smaller space to fill. HGTV's Mina Starsiak Hawk, however, recently showed the Rachael Ray Show an inexpensive way to recreate the look with peel-and-stick tiles. 

Hawk showed off her own kitchen, which featured a luxe gray and white quartz countertop material that she extended up the wall, to both the bottom of the cabinet and the ceiling near the stove hood.  Her no-grout solution provides a beautiful and integrated look without calling attention to itself or creating too many horizontal lines. This makes the kitchen feel more unified and extends the eyeline to the ceiling, making it seem higher even if it is not.

A budget-friendly alternative

Peel-and-stick tiles are a popular choice for homeowners looking to save a bit on both money for materials and labor, with many low-cost and beautiful options out there that totally pass for the real thing. Most are rental-friendly — a great solution if you want to outfit an apartment kitchen on a budget with something you can easily remove. They are also a great solution if you want to be able to change out your kitchen design more frequently without breaking the bank with every new trend.

Installation of peel-and-stick tiles can be as simple as scoring them and sticking them to the wall, making them a great solution for larger and complicated spaces, like around and behind the range hood. There are a number of beautiful options available, like these iridescent penny tiles from Home Depot, as well a full sheet oil-proof wallpaper from Wayfair that looks like marble and can be used both on the backsplash or countertop if you want to steal Hawk's kitchen look.