In general, the primary purpose of a kitchen backsplash
is to protect the wall from water, grease, and food. But it also serves as the focal point of your kitchen. It defines the style and aesthetics of your work area and can bring an otherwise plain-looking room to life. What type of tile and pattern you choose for your kitchen backsplashes can really set the stage for how the rest of the kitchen and house look.
From a simple, minimalistic look to something that is Mexican influenced, there are countless design options to choose from, and so many fresh and unique backsplash ideas are trending this season. This is the time to create harmony between the counters, walls, floor, and every other element of your workspace. This year’s trends are all about mixing and matching colour and texture to create dynamic and visually exciting spaces. It is really up to you to decide how creative you want to get with your home and kitchen.
If choosing the right backsplash seems too tricky, worry not, we have compiled the best backsplash trends for you. In this article, we have brought together fantastic kitchen tile backsplash ideas
to get you started.
How to Choose a Kitchen Backsplash
Deciding on the right backsplash for your kitchen is not an easy task. Below are just a few things you need to consider:
- You need to decide on a theme.
- You need to decide what tiles or products fit your personal vision.
- You need to find a design that fits your needs while keeping with your theme.
- How do you want your tiles arranged?
- Will you mix and match?
Here are five tips that you will find most helpful.
1. Picking the right tile
There are so many tile options to choose from; glass, ceramic, porcelain, marble, granite, and even metal are some of the most popular choices.
For most people, though, one significant factor in deciding which tile material to go for is cost. Backsplashes can become very costly, and if you are on a budget, the best options include porcelain and ceramic.
However, the issue of style is not as important these days when choosing between various tile materials, so cost may not be as much as an issue as it was in the past. The latest trends are more about the creative style of a space rather than costly materials. If you can incorporate “green” methods into your backsplash design, then you are already ahead of the latest in fashion.
What about a backsplash made of pennies or a mosaic made of recycled or second-hand tiles? The options are really endless, and they won’t break the bank. The latest trends do not have to come at a high cost.
2. Tile design
Tiles come in so many cuts, colours, and styles. Here are just a few examples:
- Diagonal tiles. These tiles come in a diagonal cut, giving your backsplash a unique look. Note that you will require more tiles than usual when tiling a kitchen backsplash. Additionally, diagonal tiles tend to cost more.
- Laser cut tiles. Because of their intricate designs and patterns, these tiles are cut using laser technology. Different pieces are joined like a jigsaw puzzle, resulting in an elaborately designed backsplash. Laser cut tiles tend to be quite pricey.
- Subway tiles. These are some of the most popular backsplash tiles. They are named after the tiles used in most subway stations. They create a classic and clean-cut look.
Don’t be afraid to move away from tiling for your backsplash. Other types of tile designs include:
- Hand-painted tiles
- Specialty-shaped tiles
- Herringbone tiles
- Mosaic tiles
- Sheet metal
There are so many different tile options to choose from! Compare and contrast the different options. We even recommend collecting samples of different options so you can put them up in your kitchen and imagine what they would be like there.
3. Mixing and matching
One of the biggest trends this year in kitchen design is mixing and matching textures to achieve harmony in your workspace. When choosing a backsplash, you need to consider how the design will fit with your countertops, cabinetry, appliances, and paint colour. If you go for a bright, textured, or modern-looking countertop, you may want to choose a simple backsplash. Or, if you have white cabinets, you may go for a more dynamic backsplash to bring depth to your kitchen.
4. Backsplash height
The height of your backsplash is another important decision you need to make, as it affects the overall style of your kitchen. While most homeowners opt for the standard countertop-to-cabinet height, you could follow this year’s trend and go for a full-height backsplash or extend the same tiling to other walls and surfaces of your kitchen. Consider extending the same tiling to other areas of your home as well. The backsplash you choose for your kitchen could look fabulous on a fireplace mantle or as the tiling in your bathroom shower. Doing this creates a more attention-grabbing focal point for the kitchen and a nice flow throughout your entire home.
5. Installing a kitchen backsplash
If you decide to install a kitchen backsplash yourself, here are some simple tips to follow:
- Plan your layout.
- After making sure the wall is completely clean, apply a thin-set mortar or mastic adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Make sure to purchase a great tile saw; then, measure and cut tiles.
Want more information?
For more information on trends in kitchen backsplashes, contact Glass Showers and More today
! Besides offering design consultation
, we can recommend products that can be installed in your kitchen to make cleaning and maintenance easier.