Make a Statement in your Kitchen with 4 Backsplash Ideas
Rather like the icing on a cake, a backsplash is a finishing touch that defines the style of a kitchen and can make an eye-catching statement.
Just like a cake is just a cake without the icing on top, so is a backsplash the finishing touch the icing on top - for your kitchen. If you are looking for ways to update your kitchen or give it a new look, adding a new backsplash is an economical way to do so without replacing the entire kitchen; and what's nice about installing a new backsplash is that it's not usually a large space that needs to be tiled, so you can afford to shop for what suits your budget - or your style.
There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to selecting the right tiles or materials for a kitchen backsplash, so to make it easier for you, we have come up with some of the more popular - and trendy - designs that are featuring in kitchens around the world; whether it be timeless tiles with a classic look, seaglass mosaics for a contemporary finish, or rustic stone tiles to complement your cottage or country kitchen, there's bound to be something that inspires your imagination and sets your pulse racing to get started on your next project... a new kitchen backsplash!
Take a look at some of the ideas below and pick the style that will make the perfect statement in your kitchen, then all you need to do is get online and shop around for the best buys to fit in with your budget.
Seaglass Mosaic Tiles
As someone mad about anything teal and turquoise, it may come as no surprise that my kitchen backsplash is finished in seaglass subway-size tiles. I love the fact that the tiles have a luminescent shimmer that changes colour under different lighting conditions. Halogen lights bring out the green-blue hues of the tiles while when viewed in natural light they have a darker appearance.
The colour of seaglass tiles changes under different lighting conditions Under artificial or halogen lights, the tiles take on a turquoise-green shimmer. When viewed under natural lighting, the tiles appear darker, as can be seen below.
Seaglass mosaic tiles are glass tiles with a slight greenish-blue tint that gives the tile the colour of natural seaglass. These tiles have a glossy finish that adds a touch of class to a plain splashback, and the colour of the tiles lets them complement a wide range of kitchen cabinet design styles.
Available in a range of colours as well as matt or gloss finish, ceramic or stone-look, subway tiles have become a strong favourite over the past few years. Subway tiles derived their name from their use in subway stations along the original subway tunnels in New York City. Extremely trendy for a kitchen backsplash, subject tiles is one of those designs that always appears timeless, no matter how easily trends come and go.
The grout lines between subway tiles are smaller than that of conventional ties, making them an easy to clean and hygienic alternative for a kitchen backsplash.
What makes these tiles so popular is their easy installation due to their size, the thin grout lines between the tiles that make cleaning quicker, and their overall aesthetic for a kitchen backsplash. Available in a selection of colour options that you can view at any quality tile supplier, you can select a colour and finish that complements the look and feel of your kitchen.
For those who want that extra-special touch for a kitchen backsplash... think marble mosaic. Marble mosaic tiles come in a beautiful array of designs and finishes, some that are intricate marble designs and others that incorporate other materials such as Mother of Pearl. A marble mosaic backsplash, while more expensive than other options, provides elegance and timeless sophistication to a kitchen.
Do keep in mind that marble tiles require regular sealing to prevent staining, due to their porosity, but once sealed, they will provide a lifetime of use without problems.
Note that not all the tile patterns on this page are available locally. Visit your preferred tile supplier for more details on available options in all tile materials.
Mediterranean & Caustic Designs
One trend that has gained popularity in the last couple of years is the installation of a feature using either Mediterranean or Caustic tile patterns. Not for the shy decorator, both types of tiles incorporate bold geometric or intricate patterns.
From unique shapes and bold patterns, choose your designs carefully and use sparingly, as these tiles might be trendy now, but what of the future? However, for the homeowner who prefers to be anything but mainstream, there's no denying that these tiles can be used to add colour, an eye-catching feature and make a bold statement in any kitchen.