From being merely functional and serviceable in the past, the backsplashes of today have become a defining element in the overall design of a kitchen. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest trends in tiled backsplashes for 2014.
Clean and simple lines
It seems minimalism will never go out of style, as seen in plenty of new kitchen backsplashes that still use subway tiles. These classic tiles, named after the ceramic ones found in the early 1900s NYC subway ticket office, are known for their durability, soothing pattern, and convenient maintenance. As a contemporary twist, new subway tiles are waterproof, heat, mold, and mildew resistant, and can withstand humidity…perfect for a fully functioning, serene-looking kitchen.
The Brush Stone Asian Statuary marble tiles for your backsplash to finish the look of a predominantly white kitchen.
A bit of shimmer
Who says kitchens have to be drab and unglamorous? A bit of shimmer will work for a muted kitchen palette or even a bright, bold one. The combination of glass and metal tiles provides a modern, clean, and highly attractive addition to any kitchen wall. They are also ideal accents to stainless steel and chrome kitchen fixtures and appliances.
The Breeze Steel Ice Piazza Pattern metal and glass tiles featuring stainless silver, gunmetal, and super white tones in a random pattern.
Green is in
A fresh, soothing, and classic appeal can always be found in green-toned kitchen glass tiles. They give off a calming presence in one of the busiest areas of the home.
The Loft Seafoam Brick glass tiles for a serene, all-season backsplash that’s especially attractive with a muted, clean palette.
Weave some magic
Adding some rustic, cottage-y appeal in a contemporary dwelling is possible even with modern kitchen tiles. 3D “woven” tiles give a charming look and feel to your backsplash with a unique herringbone or basket-weave pattern that wows while doing the job.
3D Interlace Crema Marfil marble tiles as an accent wall or backsplash, paired with carefully curated art pieces or accessories.
Industrial and dramatic
Summon the ambiance of a professional kitchen with some stainless steel brushed metal tiles. The look is definitely industrial-chic and sophisticated. These tiles work best for very busy kitchens and look extra-attractive with a darker, more dramatic palette.
The Stainless Steel Brushed Metal brick pattern tiles for a fully-functioning kitchen backsplash that is truly stunning and contemporary in appearance.
Micro mosaic mystique
If you want to go bold with a variety of colors yet balk at the thought of large glass tiles, opt for micro mosaic tiles in different hues. They add a pop of color and instantly brighten up any area of the kitchen without overwhelming the senses.
The Fruit Platter 1×1 glass tiles for colorful panache. These cheerful glass tiles look especially charming when softly illuminated.