Top Trends in Kitchen Backsplash Design

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Ceiling-Height Backsplash

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.

Larger Subway Tiles

The most common size for Subway tiles is 3” x 6”, which has 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.

Mirrored and Metallic Finishes

The mirror finish gives tile a glossy reflective surface, which is highlighted even more when struck by natural light. The mirror effect is even stronger when you extend the backsplash to ceiling height.

With a mirrored subway tile backsplash, use lighting to bring out a dramatic effect. During the day, make sure there is plenty of natural sunlight falling on part of the backsplash. The reflected light really brightens up the kitchen. At night, position some of your fixtures (e.g. under cabinet lighting) to take advantage of the glassy backsplash. The light reflection can make for quite a dramatic look.

Patterns and More Patterns

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. Trending 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.

Colors Welcome

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.

With 25 years experience Splash It Up Memphis! will work closely with you in Design and Installation of your Kitchen Backsplash and Flooring. We ensure your complete satisfaction as we pursue excellence within every detail. Contact us for a free in-home estimate!

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