For decades, the backsplash has been an important working part of any kitchen remodel. In addition to protecting the walls above a work area, it would complement the countertop as well. In the early years, backsplashes were often colorful with fruit and vegetable graphics adorning 4×4 ceramic tiles. Thru time we have undergone many changes. Today we have the luxury of installing a variety of materials like natural stone, glass, mirror, metal, brick and wood. Backsplash design has become more creative and artful with design to incorporate textures and different shaped tiles. Today, you will find a mixture of traditional and contemporary backsplash designs with personal touches sprinkled in. Below, we look at 9 backsplash design trends that should gain popularity in the past.
Trend #1. Ceiling-Height Backsplash – Take it to the Ceiling
Beautiful diamond patterned backsplash all the way to the ceiling.
What area comes to mind when you think of backsplash tile? The space between the countertop and the underside of the wall cabinetry. If there was no wall cabinetry above the countertop, then it was common to still place the tile straight across in the same location as if there had been wall cabinetry there. Perhaps by instinct or tradition. But it’s time to break the mold and bring that tile all the wall to the ceiling.
We expect to see the continued trend more and more of as more and more homeowners do away with wall cabinetry for open shelves or windows. Ceiling-height backsplashes can give classic tile a fresh and modern look by highlighting a single area of the kitchen, creating a focal point, or help a large patterned tile sing loud and proud. Higher backsplashes will unite all aspects of the space, and brighten up the space with the reflective qualities of the tile itself. Especially if you are using white subway tiles. Not to mention that tile can create a visual break from all the cabinetry making the kitchen feel more open by adding surface area. creating a stunning background for your work area.
Feel free to play around with a combination of colors, textures, and patterns to create an even more luxurious look.
Trend #2. Larger Subway Tiles – Not Just 3” x 6” Subway Tiles Anymore
These glossy large gray tiles add sophistication to this kitchen.
The most common size for Subway tiles is 3” x 6”, which have remained popular for years. A true testament of design & function. But as a result, homeowners are left craving something a little different. With subway tiles still being a hot trend for kitchen backsplashes, it’s not surprising that we are seeing the emergence of larger sizes. Homeowners love them still, for their clean classic look and super easy maintenance. But a few changes are in the air as we travel into a new year.
Specifically, we are beginning to see manufacturers produce subway tiles in larger sizes. The standard large format size is 4″x 8″ or even a 4″x 12″ though you can check what sizes are available at your local dealer. A large format subway tile backsplash can be especially helpful for a small kitchen where the large tiles create the perception of space. Large format subway tiles can also help in creating a feeling of continuity especially if you are extending the backsplash to the ceiling; besides, let’s not forget the ever favorite…fewer grout lines to clean. Take a look at our remodeling ideas page, which is a selection of our best work.
With the neutrality of quartz countertops, it is no longer enough to have a plain tile backsplash; more homeowners want something that turns heads and creates an interesting focal point for all to admire. Many are beginning to experiment with various tile patterns. Upcoming tile patterns include: chevron, herringbone, Moroccan fish scale and laser cut tile among many others.
One of the hottest upcoming trends involves the use of graphic print or large pattern tiles in big, bold colors. These oversized patterned tiles have the punch to liven up any space to make any homeowner proud. Keep in mind that the tile will have repeats much like wallpaper. It’s important to lay out your design ahead of time so that it ends up looking balanced. Check what patterns your local dealer has and see how you can integrate them into your kitchen backsplash.
Since most of these patterns will be “busy” you have to be careful not to create an overly exciting or over-cluttered kitchen. With this pattern, we would recommend a plain countertop or even white cabinetry to highlight the beauty of the patterned backsplash. Feel free to take the backsplash as high as the ceiling to make it even bolder. It will not just be a protective surface; it will be a piece of art.
When adding a different patterned tile under your hood make sure the tile is pointing towards the hood to draw peoples eyes up to the focal point.
With technology so advanced, there is virtually an endless option of finishes to choose from. If you want a backsplash with a slightly aged appearance, look for tiles with a weathered finish. For a washed-out look, go for tiles with an acid wash finish. A lot of finishes are aimed at mimicking natural appearances for a more authentic look. For instance, you can get tumbled tiles that have been designed to resemble natural stone. They have an appealing antique look to them. The natural stone effect can also be seen in matte or honed finish tiles, which are especially popular in luxury themed kitchens. There are dozens of finishes you can choose from depending on what kind of style you want for your backsplash and your entire kitchen area. Whether you want glossy and reflective, rustic and country or aged and weathered, they are all available.
Blue subway tile backsplash adds a pop of color to this space!
Most people are used to neutral (white, gray or beige) backsplash colors. But now you can get tiles in almost any color you want. From divine black to splashy yellow, anything goes.
The backsplash is a good opportunity to introduce personal style a surprising pop of color in the kitchen will just do that. If you want to convey luxury, go for black or charcoal grey tiles. The contrast from surrounding elements such as the cabinetry and countertops will create the luxurious drama desired. Make sure you have a good lighting plan, in place, so you can see the beauty. If you want an airy feel to your kitchen, good ole white will work just perfectly though you might want to consider a contrasting grout color for an unexpected twist.
A blue-tiled backsplash introduces a homey feeling. It makes the kitchen feel like a happy yet cool and relaxing place. If you want a burst of energy whenever your eyes drift to the backsplash area, go for red or yellow tiles. If you are feeling creative, combine two or three colors for a nice feature to your work area. A green band at the bottom of the backsplash and a white half that stretches to the ceiling results in a simple yet creative alternative.
Now is the perfect time to experiment with new styles and colors. Try a color you would have never even considered and see the magic happen right before your eyes. If you are feeling hesitant, you can always introduce the new color in one or two lines or in individual tiles scattered throughout the backsplash.
Trend #6. Marble Slabs Instead of Individual Pieces
Matching marble countertop and backsplash for this timeless white and gray kitchen.
Tile is the mainstay of kitchen backsplashes. For years, backsplashes have been made from tile, whether they are ceramic, porcelain or natural stone. Slabs are a very different approach. Unlike tile, it is a continuous piece with few breaks. Sizing will depend on the material used, but it probably won’t be much smaller than a 4’ x 8’ sheet. So instead of many individual small tiles making up the backsplash, you have one large slab stretching the entire backsplash area. Marble and marble looking slabs are becoming more and more common. Mostly what draws people is its pure beauty, subtly of color and it’s unique variation in veining for stunning aesthetic appeal. Being one large slab, any design aspects on the surface focus the attention. In some cases, a slab backsplash can help create a smooth transition from the countertop to the backsplash. Now you have the added bonus of not having to clean up in those dreaded grout lines. The design choices are limitless. You can choose a slab with slight color variations all the way to dense veining patterns, the choice is yours.
The paint splatters add a trendy and artistic vibe to this kitchen.
At a time when everyone wants their homes to be unique, it is inevitable that alternative backsplash materials would come into play. This time don’t just consider just a metal-finished tile backsplash, but metal sheet goods as a backsplash. Some favorites to keep an eye on would be: stainless steel, copper, aluminum, zinc and/or perforated.
The same applies to glass-finished backsplash. You can now get full glass tiles to use for your backsplash. Why not incorporate a mixture of materials such as glass and steel? Some people even get creative and put a fabric behind the glass to create a unique look without having to worry about cleaning and or fire hazards. Or what if you were to paint the back of the glass with your preferred color. How fun is that?
There even can be wood backsplashes, such as wood cladding, shiplap, beadboard, or wainscoting that can take your kitchen to the next level. Although you will find most of these in furniture pieces versus around the cooking surface, since this could be a maintenance challenge. You would need the right wood with a protective finish. But don’t rule out wood as a wall finish treatment instead of paint.
The unique black and gold backsplash instantly becomes the focal point of this kitchen.
Instead of seeing grey grout lines start watching out for some gold accents. Not only are the brass fixtures back to stay for awhile they are spilling into the details of the backsplash. This touch of gold really brings a warmth and elegance to the space.
This glass backsplash connects you to the outdoors and inspire you to make healthy meals.
Preferably, a home ought to have plenty of natural lighting and generally signifies that sacrifices need to be made to accommodate big windows and that you’ve got to discover a means to design your home with bright and open decor. Multifunctional styles are usually preferred in kitchens regardless of the style and size, so why don’t you enjoy a window backsplash? It is both a backsplash and a window. It is just what a kitchen must look inviting, spacious, and bright. A lot of architects & designers agree.
A beautiful and unexpected window backsplash can provide design and light to all kitchens. Whether you choose one window or maybe an extended row of glass, full-height windows, or low-profile windows, it is going to make your kitchen feel much more open and brighter.