by Lauren Busser The House Designers’ Editorial Director
A kitchen backsplash used to be a standard four inches high, behind the stove and sink as protection from moisture and grease but over the years designers have gotten creative with the materials and colors used in the backsplash to the point where it has become an important design feature. Now, you can find backsplashes made of concrete, natural stone, metals, tile mosaics, glass and even ceramics. Everything from ultra-modern patterned tiles and sleek stones can be used to create an interesting design element that you will love for years to come. Here’s a look at some unique backsplash design ideas.
One classic backsplash look uses subway tiles. Named after its common appearance in New York City subway stations in the early 1900s, this timeless choice will never go out of style. With many colors available it fits seamlessly into almost any kitchen style. Whether you stick with classic light or add a pop of color, subway tile is a winner.
There are lots of patterns available from around the world and with the tile backsplash being a strong focal point it is the perfect place to play with colors and patterns. A patterned backsplash with uniquely shaped tiles can add visual interest and dimension to your kitchen, whether you choose a vibrant color or a cool neutral.
Much like subway tiles, white will always be a classic when it comes to backsplashes. White is both on-trend and timeless, two properties that are always desirable in the design world. Additionally, a white tile backsplash acts as a sort of 'blank slate' for the rest of the kitchen, giving you leeway when it comes to selecting cabinetry, furnishings, and appliances. With a classic white backsplash you can mix and match textures and colors to your hearts content yet still end up with a beautiful and cohesive look.
Handpainted tile are truly works of art. Fireclay Tile’s handpainted tile offers hundreds of backsplash options that can be uniquely yours, given all of their options for color, pattern, and design.
With the variety of shapes, colors, and materials available the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to designing your backsplash. So take a moment and think about the rest of your finishes and find a tile that will really bring your kitchen to life with a backsplash anyone would be envious of.