The backsplash has for a long time been an important part of any kitchen in terms of interior design. Functionally, it protects the area behind the working surface from dents and excess moisture. But interior designers have always considered them to be a crucial design element of the kitchen.
In the past, when you mentioned kitchen backsplashes, many people would picture square ceramic tiles with bright and colorful patterns. In more recent years, people have been experimenting with new patterns and styles. There are more materials available that come with a wide range of contemporary designs that will complement and bring out the most of your modern kitchen.
Full or Ceiling Height Backsplash
In the past, the backsplash was four inches above the countertop, which means it was essentially one tile tall. With time, increasingly more homeowners wanted to venture beyond the standard height. The full backsplash can go all the way to the bottom of the upper cabinet. In parts of the wall where there is no cabinet over the countertop, some homeowners are choosing to stretch the backsplash all the way to the ceiling.
One of the advantages of the full or ceiling height backsplash is that it can serve as a prominent backdrop for the unique designs you may have for your kitchen. It can be a great focal point where you can artfully display colorful and unique mosaic tile designs. Furthermore, a ceiling height backsplash reflects more light into the kitchen, and can dramatically change the ambience of the room.
As people continue to look for more contemporary and one-of-a-kind designs for their kitchen backsplash, glass is one of the materials that continues to trend. Glass has a more polished finished than most materials used for backsplashes such as natural stone. With the right combination of colors and patterns, glass can be artistic and very visually appealing.
One of the main problems you’ll encounter with glass mosaics is lack of variety. The mosaics are mass produced and therefore there aren’t many style and design options to choose from. Additionally, due to the generic nature of the glass mosaic their design means that the current patterns and trends will cease to be relevant in the near future. The challenge for homeowners is to find glass tiles with unique and aesthetically pleasing designs that will adorn their kitchen for years to come.
Large Subway Tiles
Subway tiles have a clean and classic look that can inject a little personality into your kitchen. Larger subway tiles can improve the design and function of your kitchen. Many people find the larger 4” by 12” tiles to be more aesthetically appealing and a welcome break from the more generic 3” by 6” traditional subway tiles. Larger tiles can also help to create the perception of space in a small kitchen.
Mirrored finishes are some of the top trends that are slowly becoming popular. They are slowly becoming trendy thanks partly to their ability to inject a modern twist into a traditional design. This type of backsplash is particularly useful for any kitchen that needs to make full use of the available light.
If you’re ready to upgrade your backsplash, contact us here at Windows, Floors & Décor. We can put our experience to work for you help make your kitchen unique and beautiful.