Kitchen backsplashes perform the functional duties of protecting your work spaces but they are also an important design element. They can seamlessly blend into an overall aesthetic or stand out as unique works of art. Beginning as small ceramic tile borders featuring fruits and vegetables and progressing through the prevalence of subway tile, the evolution of backsplashes is far from over.
Material: Classics & New Alternatives
Ceramic and porcelain tiles remain top material choices but metal, natural stone, glass, mirror, brick, and wood backslashes are being added to kitchens by homeowners looking to create a unique look. Homeowners interested in a more organic look are choosing handmade backsplash tiles to create depth and add variation.
Colors, Patterns, and Layouts
Neutrals (white, gray or beige) are top color choices but backsplash tiles are available in every possible color. Some upcoming trends include graphic prints and large patterned tiles. Tile layouts such as chevron, herringbone, Moroccan fish scale can also deliver big results. It is important to remember that the tiles will repeat (similar to wallpaper) meaning layout prior to installation is crucial to maintain a balanced look.
Shiny finishes on porcelain and ceramic offer a classic look but when it comes to finishes, options are endless. The reflective quality of mirrored tile finishes can brighten your kitchen in the day (reflecting natural sunlight) and night (reflecting electric lighting). Metallic tiles can bring a glossy industrial feel to your space. Weathered and acid wash tile offer an aged, authentic look and tumbled tiles can be designed to resemble natural stone.
Heights: Take It to the Limit
A majority of homeowners are currently taking the backsplash up to the bottom of their kitchen cabinets or range hood, but full feature walls where the backsplash material is applied all the way up to the ceiling are rising in popularity. As more homeowners opt for open shelves or windows rather than upper wall cabinetry, these ceiling-height backsplashes become dynamic focal points.
Super Hot New Trend: Slabs
If you’re ready to break the mold and step out of the tile backsplash box, one of the hottest new trends is a slab backsplash. Slabs offer the appeal of a stunning, continuous surface, rather than smaller individual tiles divided by grout lines.
Partner with the Design Team at Green
Whether you are looking to incorporate traditional or contemporary backsplash designs into your kitchen, the team at Green Basements & Remodeling is ready to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. Call our office today to schedule your in home consultation and showroom meeting!