The humble backsplash isn’t just for practical purposes anymore. Besides catching water and dirt from touching the walls behind sinks and stoves, backsplashes can also make a strong design statement. But what was once fashionable is no longer much used, and backsplash trends have changed over the past few years.
There are many backsplash treatments available, but tile still remains the favorite. Keep in mind, however, that tile trends are ever changing. Tumbled marble and small square glass tiles are not as popular as they once were. Stone tiles are still in, but the treatment of the stone, along with its size, shape, and color, has all changed. Where stone mosaics were once all the rage, it’s now all about installing stone tiles in a uniform color, either cut very small or very large, and either of the same or varying sizes. Instead of the previous focus on the interplay of color, the current focus is on the play of shadows as the light hits this beautifully simple yet textured wall.
Glass tiles (other than the small square ones) are still popular. If small tiles are desired, choose ones that are irregular in shape, rather than 1-2” squares. Larger, rectangular glass tiles that range from 3x6” to 12x24”, and any size in between, are now available and very popular in contemporary kitchens. This type of tile opens up a space, creates less interruption with grout lines, and adds to a pared-down style of kitchen. To make a glass backsplash that’s even more restrained, use glass sheets that are back painted in whatever color you desire. These are made by glass specialty shops—but not all shops can do this successfully, so be careful who you choose to do this work. Read the full article at http://www.cultivate.com/articles/backsplash-trends
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