A backsplash in the kitchen or bathrooms has always been a functional element meant to protect the walls from water, food, and splashes of any kind. Today, what was once used solely for function is now making noise in design. Backsplashes are now being incorporated in the home to serve as a part of the room’s overall design aesthetic.
As the functionality of backsplashes has evolved, so have backsplash materials. It used to be common to see ceramic tiles being used, but now you’ll see a much larger selection of material, such as stone, tile, glass, and wood. Whether the upper half of your wall, or the space between the countertop and bottom of the cabinet, a backsplash can take up as much or as little space as you want.
A popular look is to use larger subway tiles, as these allow for a smaller room to appear larger than it truly is. In a small bathroom or kitchen, using large tiles between the counter and cabinets will give the look of a larger space.
Backsplashes are also being used to create a focal point through the use of patterns, graphics, and colors. No longer sticking to light neutrals such as white and grey, we will see an upswing in reds and blues, along with more intricately detailed tiles.
Which rooms would you incorporate backsplashes into?