Nicole Andrews from Euro Marble in Sydney, Australia is here to offer some expert insights into using a little creativity to make the most of this practical kitchen feature!
Some of you may not think too much about the type of tiles and textures to use for the backsplash area. Nonetheless, it can play a key role in your kitchen: after all, its main purpose is to protect that wall from various substances that result from working in the kitchen (water, grease, spills, and so on.)
The backsplash can be used as a neutral zone that ties the bottom half of the kitchen with the top half. As such, with the right material and colours, you can create a beautiful design, or replicate a look that you have seen and admired elsewhere!
With the right ideas, the splashback can be used to make the kitchen space yours by adding personal touches that are unique and creative. With this in mind, we have listed some of the most interesting ideas that are both inexpensive and straightforward.
Get Creative With Tiles
Isn’t it annoying having to choose just one style out of so many gorgeous designs?
Well, you can get around that rule with a bit of creativity, a playful mind, and a tiled backsplash! Since you’re using tiles, you have the possibility to mix and match colours, patterns, textures, and styles into a mosaic effect that’s uniquely tailored to your personality.
If you’re intrigued by the idea but not exactly sure how it will look in the end, you can use a monochromatic base (black, brown, or white) and build on it with tiles that blend together and create a nice splash of colour. This way, you still get a unique backsplash design, but it’s tamed down by the one colour that keeps everything nice and elegant.
Patterns can be extremely elegant if they combine well with the kitchen furniture and countertop! For instance, if the cabinets are all white, the backsplash pattern will blend nicely if you select a design with light colours.
It’s best to select a pattern that’s not too crowded or heavy on details. Simplicity is still the norm for a stylish setting.
Mosaics are In Vogue
Whether you’re creating a beautiful centrepiece depicting a design or you’re using mosaics to create a unique border, the result will be a work of art!
Mosaics can provide that touch of personal charm you’ve been looking for and create a key focal point in your kitchen that will be worth showing off to your friends and family! Do keep in mind, it’s best to keep things simple and elegant, so it is important to resist the temptation to go overboard.
Dramatic Metallic Finish
If you like an industrial style, and you already have a metallic countertop or cabinets, why not try a metallic backsplash? You have plenty of options from copper finishes to stainless steel, but it’s best to keep it clean and stylish.
For this look, make sure the colours, materials, and texture blend well together. Otherwise, it’s quite easy to take it one step too far.
What’s cool about glazed tiles is that their hue changes according to the way the light reflects from them. As such, in the evening your backsplash can have a look that’s uniform due to the artificial light, while in the morning the tiles can create a symphony of designs due to sun rays playing on the surface.
The secret to a well-thought look is to avoid other shiny surfaces around the backsplash. As such, glazed tiles work beautifully with matte countertops and white tones.
Keep it Simple
The backsplash doesn’t necessarily have to be a work of art! If the kitchen space is limited, an artsy backsplash can make it look stuffed, which is why it’s best to keep things simple and choose a monochromatic design without textures or patterns such as a simple glass splashback.
Choose a colour that creates the optical illusion of space.
Quick tip: This type of backsplash is also quite affordable and works great when you’re on a budget but still want your kitchen to look luxurious.
Exposed brick creates a warm and comfy atmosphere that makes you think about a beautiful fireplace, in a cabin in the mountains, while outside is snowing.
So, a brick backsplash is ideal to mellow down those modern and cold settings that feature hard finishes.
As you can see, the backsplash can be used to create some amazing designs and upgrade your kitchen to a new level. These are only a few ideas to get your creativity going, and there are plenty of other options you could explore.
Before making a decision, be sure to take your time and do the research. It may take a little longer, but your time will be well-invested!
About The Author:
Nicole Andrews is the marketing manager for Euro Marble in Sydney, Australia. With a background in interior design, she enjoys writing about the latest industry trends. In her spare time, she walks her dog Rusco down at Bondi Beach.