Popular Trends for the All Important Backsplash
For a long time, the backsplash has been a key feature to any kitchen remodel. Along with protecting the walls above the work area, it should also complement the countertop. Backsplashes were traditionally quite colourful 4 x 4 ceramic tiles, sometimes with terribly old-fashioned graphics. Nowadays, the options you have to design and build your backsplash will make you feel spoilt. With different shapes, colours and materials including stone, glass, metal or even mirror, you can create the perfect backsplash for your dream kitchen. We’ve listed a few backsplash trends below for you to consider:
Tradionally, backsplashes were designed to fit the space between the countertop and the underside of the wall cabinetry, and if there weren’t any cabinets above the countertop, it was still common to place the tiles across the wall as if there were.
There really are no rules or limitations for having your backsplash at a specific height which is why backsplashes are not only going higher, but they’re reaching ceilings nowadays. A ceiling height backsplash can help highlight a single area or focal point of your kitchen. It can help brighten your kitchen and also allow for a more dynamic design and space.
Tiles will always remain a popular option for backsplashes. Wanting to stay with a more traditional design by using tiles doesn’t mean you’re stuck with 4 x 4s. Consider using larger sizes, whether it’s 3 x 6, 3 x 9 or even 4 x 12. Larger tiles create a clean classic look and can be much easier to maintain. Large tiles will also help give small kitchens the perception of a larger space.
These two types of tile finishes will definitely continue to grow in popularity now that kitchen designs are becoming much more unique and versatile. The mirror finish gives tiles a glossy reflective surface which is highlighted even more when it’s hit by natural lighting. The light reflection from sunlight or light fixtures will give your kitchen a much more dramatic look and feel.
Metallic finished tiles will make your kitchen look like a very capable and secure space for you to do what you need to do, i.e. cook and clean. It will bring a very industrial feel to the kitchen, similar to how you would imagine a restaurant kitchen.
Noone wants a plain and boring looking kitchen and now that tiles come in so many different shapes, the options are near-limitless. Have some fun with your kitchen design and give your kitchen some character with different tile patterns for your backsplash. Experiment with different patterns including checkered, herringbone, chevron or hexagonal among others.
You can also try tile patterns inspired by certain cultures. Consider an Asian theme, Egyptian-inspired or Morrocan patterns for your backsplash. Just remember not to go too wild with the colours and shapes or it could easily look too busy and distracting.
Just like the variety of sizes now available in tiles, the amount of colour options is constantly growing as well. Even though most people are used to neutral coloured backsplashes such as white, cream, grey or beige, don’t be afraid to try something a little different and experiment with new colours.
The backsplash is a good opportunity to introduce a surprising pop of colour in the kitchen. Blues can give your home a welcoming and comforting feeling whilst reds or yellows can add some energy and vibrancy to your room. Consider what works best with the rest of your kitchen design whilst giving your kitchen some character.
There’s not much that screams elegance and luxury in your kitchen quite like some marble. For years, backsplashes have been made from ceramic, porcelain or stone tiles. Nowadays, we’re seeing a rise in the use of marble in kitchens other than just for benchtops. Rather than having many tiles to make up your backsplash, consider a large slab of marble that will stretch out the entire backsplash area. Marble patterns are also very unique and gorgeous, with different colour variations as well. Marble backsplashes are easier to maintain and you can even match it with your benchtop.
Whether it’s just your backsplash area or your whole kitchen, if you’re after a kitchen renovation, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation today and let us help you with your dream kitchen. You can also learn more about the kitchens we can build for you here.