You’ve often heard that in a kitchen remodeling project, it’s best to stay with neutral, classic designs to keep your kitchen universally appealing and avoid dating it when a current trend goes out of style. But one element that gives you ample room for personalizing is the backsplash. If you’re looking to inject character into your Atlanta home kitchen, consider jazzing it up with your backsplash.
Backsplashes can take up a small space in the kitchen, so even a truly eye-catching design will not overwhelm the room. They also make an ideal focal point or a unifying element for the entire kitchen.
Here are some great ideas to consider in designing your backsplash.
1. Get creative with subway tiles
Subway tiles are the most popular materials for backsplashes, and for good reason. They give off a polished, clean look and are easy to maintain. They’re also highly versatile, and come in a wide range of colors and finishes.
You can use subway tiles in different ways to give your kitchen a unique touch. For example, you can tile all the way up to the ceiling, or use the same tiles for your counter and island for a sleek contemporary look.
Subway tiles may also be mixed and matched to create different designs, such as stripes, geometric shapes, chevron patterns, and more. They may also be combined with other materials, such as marble or granite, for a layered look.
2. Maximize light and space with a mirrored backsplash
Mirrors are highly effective in making a dark room look brighter and a small room look bigger. This design concept can be applied to your backsplash as well.
Mirrored tiles can bounce back light to brighten up your kitchen, while wall-to-wall mirror panels can give the illusion of more space. When using mirror tiles, however, it’s best to refrain from covering the entire area with the tiles to avoid a disco ball effect, unless, of course, that’s the aesthetic you’re aiming for.
3. Bring penny tiles from the bathroom to the kitchen
Penny tiles may be more popularly used in bathrooms, but they also make great kitchen backsplashes. They have a timeless appeal, are easy to clean and maintain. These tiles come in a wide array of colors and designs, which makes them easy to mix and match with your counters, walls, and cabinets. Similar to subway tiles, you can also create different patterns with penny tiles.
4. Make an artistic statement
Backsplashes can be made with a wide range of materials, so you can get as creative as you want.
In many stylish kitchens, backsplashes are used to make a bold statement or even to create a work of art. Mosaic backsplashes are perfect examples. You can create an abstract design, an Italian or French countryside landscape, or a centerpiece inspired by Mediterranean tile mosaics. The possibilities are endless.
With the right materials and planning, your backsplash can create the mood and be the unifying element in your kitchen. Learn more about your choices from your kitchen remodel designer or contractor.
55 Chic Kitchen Backsplash Ideas That Will Transform the Entire Room, HouseBeautiful.com
Kitchen Countertop Styles and Trends, HGTV.com