The backsplash has been an important working part of any kitchen remodel. Not only does it help to protect the walls behind the work areas in the kitchen, it can complement the countertops and overall aesthetics of the space. Well-chosen material for a kitchen backsplash can save even the most ordinary looking interior and transform it completely. Backsplashes used to be colorful 4×4 ceramic tiles and through time have undergone many changes. Today we have the luxury of installing a variety of materials like brick, metal, natural stone, glass, and mirror. The designs have become more creative with design and incorporate textures and even different shaped tiles. Today you will find a mixture of traditional and contemporary backsplash designs often with personal touches woven in.
Larger subway tiles
The standard subway tile size is 3×6” but we are beginning to see tiles range from 4×8” to 4×12” in the design world. These large tiles add sophistication with a touch of differentiation from the norm. They still maintain the classic look and easy to maintain. The large tiles can be especially helpful for a smaller kitchen to create the perception of space and help create the feel of continuity, especially if the backsplash is extended to the ceiling.
Mirror and metallic
These take your kitchen to the next level. They are showing their popularity for giving a glossy reflective surface, which is highlighted even more when it is hit by natural light. Again, extending these designs to the ceiling makes the effect even stronger. This works especially well when there is plenty of natural light or large windows in your kitchen. Under cabinet lighting and other fixtures will help take advantage of the glassy backsplash. The light reflection can make a dramatic look.
When you think backsplash, usually tile comes to mind but matching a marble countertop and backsplash can make a perfect white and gray kitchen combo. With a continuous piece and few breaks, it creates a smooth transition from the countertop to backsplash. The marble unique variations in veining makes for a stunning aesthetic appeal.
These tiles are one of the most popular examples of durable and consistent style and finishes. They are easy to clean, resistant to alkalis and acids and do not respond to sudden changes in temperature and humidity. Adding a bold color to a geometric shape is a sure way to make a statement in your kitchen.
If your kitchen has a loft style feel or if you diversify your interior with textures, then brick might be the perfect choice for you. One thing to remember with brick is that the seams should be covered with a special moisture-resistant varnish to protect the backsplash from constant exposure to moisture, dirt and food splashes.
Easy on the eyes and make for a bright, airy kitchen with just enough attention as a focal point. Chevron and herringbone are two very popular patterns that can be made in many different sizes that keep the space feeling balanced.