Popular Kitchen Backsplash Trends
Ah, the kitchen backsplash: it’s a perfect example of unity between form and function. Not only does it protect your walls from dents and dings and what have you, it also provides the opportunity to play with color, texture, light, and pattern. So, how can you be sure which backsplash is right for your kitchen and your tastes? Consider some popular backsplash trends as a jumping off point to create the perfect backsplash for you:
The no-brainer when it comes to kitchen backsplashes is tile: it’s easy to install and comes in a massive variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.
Recently, glazed tile has become quite popular. Tiles that are glazed have a thin coat of liquefied glass applied over top of them, which creates a variation of textures and reflections and an overall sense of visual interest. Take a plain white subway tile and swap it for a glazed subway tile, and all of a sudden you have a “kinda standard, kinda not” backsplash that stands out without sticking out.
Textured tile is another popular product being used in kitchen backsplashes. For example, take a quick search for “Porcelanosa’s Ona Natural.” The texture in the tile blends together to create a seamless wall of waves that immediately catches the eye; perfect for a kitchen backsplash or an accent wall at a fireplace or bathroom.
Want a little more design inspo? Check out Ann Sacks’ collaboration with Israel-based designer Itai Bar-On. This line is a relatively newer product from the high-end tile brand that has designers everywhere drooling.
If tile isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry! It’s not the only option on the market – far from it, actually. Solid surfaces are getting their time in the spotlight, specifically countertop materials. Using the same material (whether it be engineered quartz, marble, or otherwise) for your countertop and backsplash is a great way to take the stress out of worrying about whether your backsplash will match your countertop. It can also be budget- and eco-friendly: if you’re using the same materials in both places, you might be able to utilize full slabs rather than having remnant pieces leftover. Really looking for that “wow” factor? Consider running the backsplash all the way to the ceiling (this works great behind a vent hood!).
Looking for something a little less common? Stainless steel is popular for those looking for a more transitional/contemporary look and also appreciate durability (but, honestly, who doesn’t appreciate durability!?). Whether we’re talking about sheets of steel used as a solid surface or stainless steel mosaics or subway tiles, this scratch-resistant material can help any space feel brighter, as the material has the tendency to reflect light, and sleeker, as it evokes feelings of modern taste (maybe even futuristic!).
There’s no denying that trends come and go, and the trendy backsplash ideas here may not even be relevant in a decade! What’s most important is that you find a material that you’re happy with. Whether budget, durability, clean-ability, or aesthetic is your motivation, there are a plethora of options for you to play with. When you do find the right material for you, your family, and your taste, it will be more than just trendy – it will be timeless.