Trendy Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
Is your kitchen framed with faded, marked and grease-stained paint? Do you want to have a striking decorative feature, but don’t have much wall space? If you’re thinking of updating your kitchen soon, look no further than creating a statement with your backsplash. Here are a few ideas to get you started. There’s something for everyone and they are all functional, beautiful and bang on-trend!
The Subway Tile
For the lovers of simplicity, the good old-fashioned ceramic, subway-inspired tile is the perfect kitchen backdrop. Despite the historic association of subway tiles lining the walls of underground train stations, the design is by no means dated. Building your backsplash with these slim and sleek tiles will give your kitchen a current, relaxed and understated feel whilst tying your worktops, appliances, and cabinetry together cohesively.
Remember that your tiles don’t have to be neutral. You can broaden your spectrum by picking a colour of the moment, like country emerald or teal blue, and you don’t need to stick to the rulebook when positioning your tiles either. The traditional bricklayer design is classically beautiful and simple, but it can be swapped out for a more fun and unusual alternative like the herringbone pattern instead. Whichever design you go with, however, you can be assured that your tiles will be the perfect backsplash material: easy to maintain and a charming feature for your kitchen.
The Geometric Tile
In all areas of home decor and interior design: geometric shapes are in. You might be surprised to learn that tile shapes that were once considered ‘unconventional’ are now all the rage. More and more homeowners and interior designers are putting a stamp of personality onto their kitchens and bathrooms with geometric tiles in the shape of parallelograms, hexagons and even fish scales!
Using tessellating shapes is a fresh alternative to the standard rectangle and is still uniform while showcasing a loud and expressive attitude. Despite the unusual ceramic shapes, the design is just as easy to manage as the more common quadrilateral shapes, providing you with a smooth surface that is easy to wipe clean. For an even bolder look, choose an artificial polished stone effect with some shine to it!
Marble is another top interior design trend of the moment. The abstract wisps of colour on a natural backdrop provide an elegant and luxury feel. Marble features have always been, and still are, associated with grandeur. If you’re on a budget and still want your kitchen to feel palatial, opt for artificial stone tiles with a marble facade. The market is vast, so look at different designs to decide what you like the best when creating your own kitchen that is fit for royalty.
Solid slabs give a luxurious finish whether your marble texture is polished, or honed to be more matte. Think about matching your backsplash to your countertops. Marble is very easy to clean, only requiring dish soap and water for those everyday kitchen splashes. You will probably need to treat your marble over time by sealing it in, which can be done yourself or with the help of an expert.
Abstract Decorative Tile
Design trends of the moment are riddled with abstract tiles, with stunning prints in all kinds of shapes and colours. Many patterns are inspired by those seen in Mediterranean homes and streets, particularly on the Iberian Peninsula, most notably on the streets of Lisbon and also Seville, where tiling is a speciality. A backsplash made up of these eye-catching designs creates an interesting focal point, giving the impression of an airy, continental country kitchen. If you love the design but prefer to go more minimal with your colour choices, pick a simple black and white tile for a strong statement that fits more within your personal taste.
Bare Brick or Natural Stone
Utilising the structural features of a building in interior design has never been trendier. If you are lucky to live in a period property you should expose the original brick walls wherever possible and make a feature of it as a backsplash around your stove. You can create this country-cottage style with natural stone too, or else using brick veneer or artificial stone tiles. These textures intertwine with everything from rural-style decor to design inspired by industrial architecture, where the perfect combination of harsh and precise metals with soft, imperfect natural textures of brick and stone amalgamate in true harmony. Keep your natural backsplash maintained with soapy water and a soft scrubbing brush and make sure that the surface is sealed for protection against stains.
Nothing says sophisticated quite like stainless steel. Sheets of this smart material often adorn cooking stations for their functionality and ability to lead the eye soundly into the room. Stainless steel is generally inexpensive and super-convenient, as well as looking smooth and bold as a backdrop to your countertops. It’s a safe option for anyone who wants a more understated backsplash that is easy to care for. Wipe clean with a regular household stainless steel cleaner and your backsplash will be positively glowing.
Did you find some of these trendy backsplash ideas inspiring? Which one has got you excited to revamp your kitchen with a clear sense of direction?