Backsplashes Can Make a Kitchen

Written by Jaymi Naciri Posted On Saturday, 29 March 2014 09:53

You like big tiles and you cannot lie, right? You could be in luck. Neutral colors, subway tile, and strong horizontal lines have ruled the backsplash for a few years now, but a kitchen revolution might be brewing. A slew of brightly colored backsplashes, large-scale tiles and slab applications, and unusual shapes and materials are making their way into the kitchen. Here are the newest, boldest and brightest of the backsplashes coming to a kitchen near you.

Color and shape

"A contemporary kitchen without color looks bland and lifeless. Amid all the white, grey, beige and cream, vivacious colors enliven your stylish kitchen and make it an even more exciting space," said Decoist. "And nothing gets this accomplished better than a brilliant and colorful backsplash!"

Keep in mind if you are incorporating a bold hue into your backsplash that certain colors can have an impact on how people feel in the space and even how hungry they feel (red can increase the appetite, blue can make people feel calm, yellow makes them energetic).

"Blue is definitely the most diverse color when it comes to interior design," said Decoist, and also sits right in the pocket of where interior design color trends are going in general.


Moroccan-inspired shapes and the geometric shapes we have been seeing in textiles for the past few years are also now showing up in tiles, giving kitchens a fresh, new look.

Want to take the unique theme a step further? Go 3-D with tiles that pop off the wall - literally. The bonus to 3-D wall tiles like those from Wallart? They're also eco-friendly.


The industrial trend is taking root in kitchens, and while "tile remains the most popular backsplash material according to the Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey," said Details, "people are increasingly selecting metal tiles and other sheet materials including stainless steel for a sleek look that is also easy to maintain.


Have we seen the end of tiny square and rectangular tiles applied on a 12x12 mesh backing? HomeThangs thinks it's possible. "Freeing up the space over the counter means that kitchen backsplashes are trending bigger and taller than ever. This year, expect to see backsplashes that go all the way up to the ceiling, and that are as wide as an entire wall. Last years back-painted glass backsplashes are still popular, particularly with a more modern style, but backsplashes made of a single slab of stone like marble are going to become more common.

For backsplash ideas and inspiration, check out Houzz.

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