When it comes to kitchen décor, tile is the first thing that comes to mind for a backsplash installation. Today the space between the countertop and cabinetry takes on a whole new look. The kitchen backsplash has moved from utilitarian necessity to interior design element. Options for your Madison WI kitchen are wide open.
Tile is still the top choice, but new materials and designs are making their mark.
The No. 1 trend in backsplash designs is bringing the installation out of the shadows and into the limelight. Extending the backsplash from countertop to ceiling is popular. It allows for distinctive looks. It makes it possible to include a decorative range hood in the overall design. Ceiling height installation provides a canvas for many new materials and gives traditional tiles a fresh look. All the new materials work in more traditional installations, too. Your personal design allows you to choose options that fit your lifestyle.
Popular Backsplash Installation Options
The choices for your backsplash come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials, including:
- Tiles – from subway-style to non-traditional shapes.
- Unique finishes – “tin is in” as are many metal and mirrored surfaces.
- Patterns – shapes and color mixes.
- Large slabs – one-piece marble slabs are replacing tile, becoming extensions of countertops.
- Bold colors and art – mosaics and high-contrast colors.
- Unusual materials – from glass to shiplap wood.
Tile Choices — traditional 3- by 6-inch subway tiles are popular options. White remains the top pick but many colors are available. Increasingly popular are new larger sized rectangular-shaped tiles. They reflect the subway design in a larger format. Your choices include 4-by 8-inch and 4- by 12-inch versions. Large tiles work especially well in smaller kitchens. They have fewer grout lines and make the space look larger and more open. Colored tiles with white grout make a statement as do white tiles with colored grout.
Unique Finishes — mirrored tiles and metallic tiles are popular in kitchens. They reflect natural light and provide an exotic appeal. Unique tiles come in many sizes and shapes, too. If the bright shine of mirrors is too much for your space consider metal. Especially if you’re creating a country or farmhouse décor. Metal tile and designer metal backsplash pieces come in different colors and texture, too. Old-fashioned tin tiles in copper or silver make a strong statement.
Create A Pattern — quartz and other new countertops are often plain. Adding a backsplash with colorful designs and patterns creates interest. One of the hottest new tile trends is graphic printing on large tiles. Professional advice: some patterns can appear “busy” so don’t overdo the repetition of shapes and colors, especially on a large space. An artistic application takes the backsplash from a protective surface to a piece of art.
Unique Backsplash Applications
The overall style and architecture of your kitchen remodel can dictate the kind of backsplash material you choose. Or, you can build around your backsplash. If you’re creating a country or farmhouse kitchen, you want everything to be fit the theme, right?
Countertop Extensions— marble slabs are a unique, trending approach to a backsplash installation. They become an extension of the countertop. Large pieces with few seams cover large areas with less effort. Small pieces are most common but large sheets are available. Marble is the most common material but there are other materials. Slabs can feature slight color and pattern variations from the counters for emphasis or exact matches. Your choice. A big benefit: few if any grout lines to keep clean.
Unleash The Color Wheel — neutral colors like gray, white and beige are the most common choices but not the only ones. Any color that suits your plan works. Anything from solid black to splashy yellow and everything in between is available. When you’re looking for a pop of color, the backsplash is a great place to express yourself. Coupled with a good lighting plan your remodeled kitchen sparkles.
Go For A Special Look — options with tile and alternative materials are almost endless. If you want a wood-look you can use real wood or wood-look tile planks. There are tiles with bright glossy finishes and the same design with rustic matte surfaces. Many finishes are designed to look like natural stone surfaces. Or you can use large sheets of metal. Metals like stainless steel, copper, aluminum and zinc all come in sheets of various sizes. On the other end of the spectrum you have glass.
Professional Backsplash Installation
With the kitchen backsplash becoming a focal point of modern design, professional installation is more critical than ever before. When you’re investing in a new, modern kitchen you don’t want anything detracting from the final outcome, right?
While tile is a potential Do-It-Yourself project, making the most of your creative renovation comes with professional expertise. Especially when you’re plan includes anything beyond the basic, traditional tile applications.
Not every kitchen remodel lends itself to unique or creative backsplash creations. And not every lifestyle makes it necessary. The character of your home, your lifestyle and your vision for the future make the difference. When you’re ready to make the most of your kitchen space call us at 608-825-4500, or use email and we’ll discuss your options. Sims Exteriors & Remodeling excels at creating unique kitchens. We’re ready to put our years of experience and skilled craftsmen to work on a backsplash installation that’s perfect for your Madison WI home.