Installing a stunning backsplash is an easy way to make a big impact in your kitchen. Let us help you sort through the materials, terms, and trends.
A kitchen backsplash is an ideal area to add a punch of color, a dash of personality, or a bit of pattern to an otherwise straightforward room. Now, more than ever, kitchen cabinets are simple and clean, so your backsplash is the perfect place to take some liberties and add style. The most common type is a tile backsplash. Its durability and wipe-clean surface makes it an easy sell, but tile is also highly customizable. Tiles in all shapes, sizes, and colors can be configured into one-of-a-kind backsplashes.
Mosaics are a popular choice because of the range of colors and styles available. A mosaic is a grouping of tiles -- often glass, stone, or a combination of the two -- arranged in a pattern and adhered to a piece of mesh. The mesh helps the tile go on to the wall faster and ensures a consistent pattern. Unlike placing individual tiles, mosaics on a mesh backing are perfect for a new do-it-yourselfer.
Subway tiles are a classic choice for backsplashes in both residential and commercial applications. White subway tiles are one of the most popular colors and are often applied in a railroad -- or staggered -- pattern. Since the tiles are manufactured and sold individually, the design options are practically endless. A wide variety of color options are available, making it a good choice for any style kitchen.
Natural stone such as marble, travertine, and slate work great as kitchen backsplashes since they aren't hardworking surfaces and mainly serve as decoration. Many of the mosaic backsplashes incorporate glass and natural stone tiles into the designs, creating drama and interest.
Penny tile has been around for decades but is becoming popular for people who want to instill some vintage charm into their modern space. The classic choice is a white porcelain penny tile with dark grout, but bright colors are available for those wanting to make a splash.
Intricate patterns are seen less often in kitchens, but the beauty and craftsmanship can stop you in your tracks. Patterns such as a basket-weave, listello, Versailles, or herringbone can dramatically change a kitchen from work-horse to wow. Subway tile lends itself well to large-scale patterns, while smaller tiles can be used to create patterns such as herringbone pattern and basket-weave.
Using tiles in varying colors can create interest and a one-of-a-kind look for your kitchen. Create a railroad pattern using three different colored tiles. Separate sheets of glass mosaic with a border tile or a line of a contrasting color. Using a tile backsplash in your kitchen is a quick and easy way to add personality and fun to the heart of your home.