Once upon a time, the kitchen backsplash was considered no more than a decorative accessory. In many kitchens, homeowners opted for a countertop that suited their needs and left it at that — no backsplash at all. If a backsplash was present, it was often practical, functional and relatively plain white subway tile. These days, however, more and more homeowners are looking for ways to add life to the kitchen and the backsplash is one of the best ways to do that. In 2018, there are lots of up and coming backsplash trends to explore so let’s take a look at some of the most popular ideas!
Tile Backsplash Trends
Tile is still the most popular kitchen backsplash but today, the traditional subway tile is giving way to more inventive ideas. To start, the 3-inch by 6-inch rectangle is being replaced with new shapes and sizes. Some backsplashes feature larger tiles and others feature long, thin mosaic tiles, diamond shapes, hexagons and other unique patterns.
Speaking of shapes, geometry is playing a huge part in backsplash trends. Before, the standard backsplash featured tile in a conventional arrangement but now, those tiles are being rearranged into interesting patterns — chevrons, offset tiles, diagonal tiles and more.
Another tile trend features bold patterning. Instead of using tiles in the same color, you may consider going for a two-toned look. Choose a base color and then a secondary color to create a unique design within your backsplash.
Finishes Are Changing
Historically, backsplashes were either matte tile or featured the gloss finish of traditional subway tiles. Today, however, kitchen backsplashes are making use of a broader variety of finishes. Matte and gloss are still in, of course, but you’re not limited to these two options. Glass finishes are becoming very popular as are mirror finishes and extra-glossy high-shine tiles.
When it comes to matte finishes, the first thing that comes to mind is the smooth, soft look of traditional matte tile. However, there are new trends emerging here, as well. Tumbled stone finishes and rougher brick finishes are becoming more popular. These finishes mimic the look of natural stone or rustic brick and they tend to give kitchens a cozy, authentic look.
What About Kitchen Backsplash Colors?
When it comes to color, there is no one color that is “in.” Instead, modern trends feature backsplashes in every color imaginable. This differs from yesteryear’s trend of white tiling in that the backsplash is meant less as an unobtrusive wall surface and more as a creative statement piece. In other words, when it comes to colors, go bold! In white kitchens, you may opt for a backsplash in shades of brown that stands out among the brightness, whereas darker kitchens may need a lighter backsplash to provide contrast. If you’re thinking about creating a colorful accent wall, why not create a colorful backsplash instead? Modern color trends aren’t focusing on specific colors but on using color in new, attention-grabbing ways.
For 2018, backsplash trends are all about creating visual interest in the kitchen. Check out a variety of finishes, shapes and patterns to come up with an imaginative new kitchen backsplash!