Tiles and kitchens share a time-tested relationship that has been extensively documented in the design world. But over time, the kitchen backsplash has graduated from being merely a protective feature to a focal point of kitchen décor. Not only is it used to guard the space above the countertop from splashes and smudges, but to also to set the tone of the décor.
Today, backsplash designs come in a wealth of patterns, textures and finishes that cater to diverse tastes. Here are a few ideas that prove that style and functionality can co-exist:
Classic Subway Tiles
Subway tiles instantly come to mind when we think of a kitchen backsplash, and the timeless beauty of these classic tiles isn’t lost on modern sensibilities. Subway tiles still continue to be popular and are open to creative experiments. You could shake things up by playing with size and patterns. The traditionally used 3” x 6” size is now being replaced by larger dimensions of 3” x 9” and 4” x 12”. As an added bonus, larger tiles also help change the perception of space. To further reinvent the look, overhaul the tiling arrangement. Vertical, herringbone and diagonal patterns are much more dynamic than the traditional horizontal layout.
While a typical backsplash tends to run from the countertop to the bottom of the upper cabinet, it is also becoming increasingly common for it to extend all the way to the ceiling. An artful utilization of dead space, a ceiling-height backsplash makes a more powerful impact. As well as adding height, it also brings in continuity by uniting all the features of your kitchen to create a cohesive look.
To create extra drama in your backsplash, make a statement with patterns. Herringbone, checkered, sunburst, floral, chevron, travertine – the options are endless. For the chosen pattern to really pop against your cabinetry, it is ideal to keep the countertop and cabinetry in solid, neutral-toned hues. It’s the contrast between the two surfaces that will create a striking visual in your kitchen.
Take a cue from your floor tiles, and incorporate wood in your backsplash. Wood-looking tiles mimic the look of wood, except that they’re made with ceramic or porcelain, so they can be easily wiped clean. It makes sense for the cabinet to be in a solid colour, instead of wood, to avoid visual overkill. The same goes for natural stone looking tiles; they bring in a rustic feel that offsets contemporary aesthetics beautifully. Alternatively, you could choose from a range of other finishes like matte, glossy, metallic, marble, weathered and so on.