Kitchen Backsplash Trends for Home Renovation Projects

Kitchen backsplash and countertops are the two design elements that tend to stand out when you first enter the room. That’s why backsplash design has become more creative, colorful and artful. Many backsplash trends feature designs that incorporate textures and different shaped tiles. With so many retailers and home improvement influencers sharing their opinions on options; it’s hard to choose a kitchen backsplash design that will fit with your style preferences.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  • Backsplash to add height to your kitchen
  • Bold Kitchen backsplash options
  • The new spin on subway tile
  • How marble slab backsplash can make an impact

And more!

You can mix and match kitchen backsplash options to create the perfect pattern for your kitchen renovation. Find out how:

  1. Kitchen Backsplash That is Ceiling-Height

Ceiling-height backsplashes can give classic tile a fresh and modern look by highlighting a single area of the kitchen, creating a focal point, or help a large patterned tile sing loud and proud. Higher backsplashes will unite all aspects of the space and brighten up the space with the reflective qualities of the tile itself. Especially if you are using white subway tiles.  Not to mention that tile can create a visual break from all the cabinetry making the kitchen feel more open by adding surface area. creating a stunning background for your work area.

kitchen backsplash tile

  1. Larger Subway Tiles

For starters, let’s go over what the is considered “standard size” subway tile. Subway tile starts at 3” x 6” with larger kitchen subway tile ranging from 4″x 8″ to 4″x 12″.

A large format subway tile backsplash can be especially helpful for a small kitchen where the large tiles create the perception of space. Large format subway tiles can also help in creating a feeling of continuity especially if you are extending the backsplash to the ceiling; besides, let’s not forget the ever favorite…fewer grout lines to clean. Take a look at our kitchen remodeling page, which is a selection of our best work.

  1. Kitchen Backsplash with Patterns

Oversized patterned tiles will give your kitchen renovation a “punch” and liven up the space. With repetitive backsplash it’s important to plan out your design ahead of time to not make the room look over-cluttered and too overpowering. That’s why we recommend a plain countertop or even white cabinetry to highlight the beauty of the patterned backsplash.

  1. Kitchen Backsplash Colors that Stand Out

From an earthy, bold black to a bright, splashy yellow, anything goes. If you’re wanting to create a homey, relaxing feeling in your kitchen, go for a blue-tiled backsplash. If you are feeling creative, combine two or three colors for a truly customized design as shown below.

We recommend working with a professional to ensure the contrast from surrounding elements such as the cabinetry and countertops will fit well with your kitchen backsplash colors and achieve your desired look. It’s also very important to establish a good lighting plan for your kitchen renovation to highlight the beauty of your backsplash.

  1. Marble Slab Kitchen Backsplash

For a different approach, try marble slabs. Sizing will depend on the material used, but it probably won’t be much smaller than a 4’ x 8’ sheet.  With marble slabs, you can choose a slab with slight color variations, deep veining patterns or glitter to create a stunning aesthetic appeal. Let’s not forget the bonus of not having to clean up those dreaded grout lines.

What kitchen backsplash trend will you choose? Ceiling height backsplashes, larger subway tiles, bold colors/patterned tiles or marble slabs? If you’re still unsure on which could be a good fit for your kitchen renovation, not to worry. We’ve created a video on Top Trends in Kitchen Backsplash Design with examples of each AND…three additional options. Take a look: