Remember when backsplashes were only a 4-inch high, one tile color only panel behind the range or sink? At that time, their presence was mostly for functional reasons, making it easier to clean up the splatters from cooking or water.
Well, times have changed! These days it’s not unusual to see floor-to-ceiling backsplashes with all kinds of vibrant colors, patterns and designs. Even subway tiles, the 100+ years old, 3 X 6-inch white rectangles, have evolved into multiple shapes, sizes and colors. Pair them with colorful grout for a unique and stunning creation.
You’ll find backsplashes mostly in kitchens in kitchens and bathrooms, although it’s not that uncommon to see them in living or dining rooms, as an accent wall, to add pops of color or simply to even protect the wall from chair marks.
In the kitchen, full-length backsplashes are now often focal points that coordinate with walls, floor and counters to unify the room and draw the eye to that space.
What are some of the most popular materials?
We’ve seen them in a lot of different materials, from natural stone to concrete, but tile will always be king here.
Right now, metallic tile colors are especially popular, and pardon the pun, brass or copper can really make your kitchen or bathroom shine. Best of all, there are no grout lines, and that means easier cleaning. Textured glass tiles, popular 1950s, are back in style today, adding a touch of sophistication to the bathroom.
Don’t forget the other materials to make backsplashes!
It doesn’t always have to be tile, and sometimes you can have a little fun with a flooring material that looks like tile, or wood, but is more reasonably priced.
Right now, the rustic, organic, or farmhouse kitchen look is trending. Wood, however, can be damaged by water, so it’s never recommended for installation in high-moisture, wet rooms. Enter wood-look luxury vinyl, it’s also available in tile-look, which is 100 percent waterproof.
The vinyl MUST be installed on a very clean and dry surface in order for it to stick; don’t try to DIY this; it’s worth it to hire a pro.
For more inspiration, feel free to come into the About Floors ‘n More showroom in Jacksonville, FL.