A backsplash has always held an important place in kitchen design. They were originally implemented simply to protect walls from the water, grease, and grime that kitchens tend to produce. Today backsplash design has become more than just a functional element of the kitchen. It’s become a focal point of creative expression, which is why we’d like to share some of the top kitchen backsplash trends we love.
Typically, backsplashes were installed in the space between the countertop and the underside of the upper cabinets. However, extending it up to the ceiling has some unique advantages, especially as homeowners do away with upper cabinets in favor of open shelving. Using patterned tile or stone all the way to the ceiling creates a great focal point. Higher backsplashes also open up the space, uniting elements and making it all feel brighter and more open.
Larger Subway Tiles
Subway tiles have been popular for years. These 3” x 6” tiles have stood the test of time, but it’s not unexpected that people are beginning to look for a twist on the traditional. We’re beginning to see tiles come in 4”x8” or even 4”x12” sizes. The larger size creates a feeling of continuity because there are fewer grout lines breaking up the space. Of course, this also means there are fewer grout lines to clean. Win-win!
Metallic or mirrored finishes on a backsplash allows designers to play with natural light more. Under-cabinet lighting can also produce a dramatic effect at night. Depending on the materials chosen this can accentuate modern or industrial designs. Even if you’re not looking for an entirely metallic backsplash, using them as an accent tile is another way to stay on-trend.
Patterns, Patterns, Patterns
Whether you choose a mosaic pattern of different tiles or larger tiles with graphic prints on them, this trend turns your backsplash into a work of art. Just be sure to pair it with a plain countertop or white cabinetry to make it pop and avoid an overly cluttered feel.
Natural stone backsplashes are great for rustic style kitchens. They bring texture and style to the space and make homeowners feel closer to nature. There are many different options for finishes. Weathered, acid washed, tumbled, and honed finishes really lend themselves to the rustic look. Glossy or polished stone works great for traditional style kitchens that still want that natural element.
All the Colors of the Rainbow
It’s no secret that bright colors in the kitchen are the hottest trend, and backsplashes are no exception. You can incorporate a few pops of color in an accent tile or cover the whole wall in a bright color. Use blue to bring a relaxed, homey vibe or a sunny yellow for a bright and happy space. Whatever colors you go with, this kitchen backsplash trend is a fun one!
Solid Slab Backsplashes
We talk about this trend more in-depth in our previous post, but we couldn’t skip it on this list. While tile is the traditional choice for backsplashes, continuous slabs are becoming more common. They offer a stunning aesthetic appeal and the option to continue your countertop right up the wall where everyone can see it.
While we’ll always be partial to stone-based backsplashes this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Alternative Materials trend. Glass, metal or even wood backsplashes are a great way to make your kitchen truly unique.
Incorporating gold accents in the kitchen is really starting to become popular. Whether is a gold accent tile or gold grout lines, this a great way to bring warmth and elegance to your kitchen.
This is truly an outside-the-box backsplash trend. Since many homeowners use glass tiles in their backsplash, it wasn’t too big of a leap to make the entire thing glass – as in a glass window. This is a fabulous way to bring nature into your kitchen. You can feel like you’re cooking outdoors without competing with the weather or bugs!
What backsplash interests you the most? Did you find one that was particularly shocking? Let us know by giving us a call!