Kitchen backsplashes have always been a beautiful way to accent your kitchen, but they’ve evolved over the years—they’re no longer quiet background pieces, they’re artistic statements for your kitchen. We’ve rounded up the newest trends for this classic installment!
Floor to Ceiling
Traditional backsplashes cover only the space between the countertop and the underside of your wall cabinetry, but in 2019 the sky’s the limit. With homeowners opting for open shelving and windows instead of traditional cabinets, higher backsplashes come naturally. When you take it all the way to ceiling, it unites all aspects of the space and brightens your entire kitchen with its reflective qualities.
Subway tiles are typically 3 by 6”, but that’s changing quickly. This trend starts at the source, as manufacturers are producing subway tiles in a variety of larger sizes. This is great for small kitchens, because the larger tiles create the perception of space and an overall feeling of continuity, especially if you take it all the way to the ceiling.
You’ll see people take more artistic risks with their design choices this year, and that extends to your kitchen. Playing around with different finishes can drastically change the lighting and feel of the whole room. Make the most of any natural lighting you have with mirrored or metallic finishes! They’ll reflect any light coming into create a lighter, brighter space. You can control how dramatic the effect is after it’s installed too—at night, position your kitchen lighting fixtures to take advantage of your glassy backsplash. If you don’t want anything too reflective, try a metal finish.
Your whole kitchen should have a cohesive style, and that often starts with the countertops and cabinets. With quartz countertops becoming more and more popular, a plain backsplash won’t do much for your style. Your backsplash can become the focal point in your space, so have fun with patterns!
Unique Materials and Finishes
With kitchen backsplash popularity on the rise, manufacturers are getting creative with options for you to choose from. You can pick tiles with a weathered finish for a distressed, antique look, or an acid wash finish if you want a washed-out look. You can get tiles that mimic natural materials like wood or stone. Whatever style you’re looking for, you can find a material and a finish that matches.
You’ll see a lot of alternatives to the normal materials in 2019. Stainless steel, copper, aluminum, zinc and glass are all newer materials available. Glass is especially popular because of its reflective quality and versatility! Painting the back of the tile a certain color creates a soft, glossy pop of color—put colored fabric behind it if you want pattern too!
Just like materials, you can get tile in just about any color you want. You can go bright for a fun pop of color, or go neutral for a clean, minimalistic look. Even darker neutrals like black will add an element of style and sophistication. Think of your backsplash as a way to introduce your personal style in a subtle and charming way. When picking out a color, don’t forget to consider how it will work with your lighting!
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