Bamboo Galore. Bamboo comes in many guises these days — flooring, cutting boards, and now backsplashes. Totally Bamboo offers 4-inch-tall backsplashes with or without an inlay in both flat and vertical grain patterns with a carmelized finish. The integral bullnose cap measures 11/8 inches wide. The material also can be ordered in 3/4-inch-thick 8-foot-long-by-4-inch-wide planks without a cap. Costs range from $5 to $10.25 per foot, depending on style. Totally Bamboo, 818/765-9000, www.totallybamboo.com

Neo-Classic. Although an embossed-tin backsplash provides an authentic period look, installation can be time-consuming. ACP has an alternative: thermoplastic panels that look like tin and come in more than a dozen finishes and six embossed designs. They can be cut with scissors or a utility knife, and attach with adhesive or double-sided tape....

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