Friday, January 18th 2013
Kitchen Design Backsplash Trends
Posted by Jim Drury
Category: Kitchen Design
Backsplashes are the front and center of today’s kitchen designs. Brigitte Fabi, a Drury Design interior designer from Chicago, says that she’s seeing “cabinetry and counter tops becoming more of a backdrop to create striking designs with tile, paint and other elements that are easily changed out and updated.”
Once an optional afterthought, kitchen backsplashes are a mandatory part of a whole kitchen redesign. They bring form and function to a countertop, providing wall protection from stove, sink, and countertop messes while creating a visual transition from counter to cabinet.
Glass Tiles – Glass tiles are by far the strongest trend for 2013. Glass tiles bring brightness, color, and clean lines to a kitchen. They are easy to install and easy to care for. Our Chicago-based designer, Terry Kenny explains that the latest trends in design are “simple lines with contrasting colors, subtle elements of luxury through color and texture instead of carvings and fussy details.”
Glass tile backsplashes meet these criteria, and are available in so many styles, that they easily bring out the personality of the homeowner. Glass tile backsplashes are ideal for a Transitional kitchen design – also one of the biggest trends we are seeing right now. For a completely seam-free backsplash, solid pieces of glass are also an option.
Mosaic Tiles – Mosaic tiles in a combination of glass, ceramic, and stone are exciting new trends for 2013. Providing a mix of clear and opaque tile on a backsplash creates an unrivaled depth and dimension. Mosaics can be a repeating pattern or custom designed, allowing you to find the exact combination of color, texture, and material that is best for your kitchen design.
Marble or Granite – Stone backsplashes create a bright elegance to any kitchen. The clean lines and classic beauty provide a timeless look. Easy to clean and maintain (especially as a backsplash), polished or honed marble look stunning with dark cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
White Porcelain or Ceramic Tile – White is the key word here. White kitchens, always a popular choice, are becoming even more prominent in kitchen redesign. Porcelain and ceramic tile offer a vintage look that are affordable, easy to care for, and come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, making them a perfect surface for a kitchen backsplash.
For more kitchen backsplash design ideas and examples we invite you to view the above slideshow and check out more Drury Design bath design projects in the kitchen design portfolio on this site.