The purpose of the humble backsplash was once purely functional; tiled areas behind stoves and sinks in the kitchen and vanity areas in bathrooms were installed to protect walls from grease, stains, moisture and–what else?–splashes. But with the wide array of tile materials and finishes available today, the once-utilitarian backsplash has also become a design statement and artistic focal point. A perfect way to inject color, pattern, and texture into your kitchen or bath, a beautiful backsplash answers designers’ love of form and function. Here’s a look at some statement-making backsplashes for inspiration.
GLASS TILE BACKSPLASHES: Subtle color variations of translucent glass mosaic tiles offer a rich, shimmery look with light-reflecting sparkle. The effect is a fitting touch for modern settings. Our Glass Blox color options range from gleaming jewel-tones to softly glowing neutrals, and every hue offers eye-catching light and life for backsplashes.
This stunning, texture-rich backsplash is composed of our Origins glass tile, earthy Vista Americana porcelain stone and Mixology metal trim for look that’s at once Old-World, and earthy, yet brilliantly modern.
NATURAL STONE BACKSPLASHES: Design trends are embracing textured and tactile materials, and we’re seeing this manifesting in kitchen and bath surfaces, including backsplashes. The rich textures and earthen nuances of this natural stone, split face mosaic with braid border from our Modern Mythology collection provide balance and visual interest.
METALLIC BACKSPLASHES: Metallic hues are transcending design trends to serve as staples in surfacing styles. The richly faceted metallic hues of our Sideview Glass collection are a great example. The look is bold and glamorous–a reflection (literally) of the more ambitious, adventurous design schemes we’re seeing in both commercial and residential interiors. Here, Sideview Glass is juxtaposed with our elegant, marble-look Virtue porcelain tile collection.
Exquisitely wrought metal tiles create a visually striking backsplash, enhancing the rich, elegant feel of this handsome bathroom. Sustainably recast cast-metal sculptural pieces from our Mixology collection add hand-crafted style, without the hand-crafted price.
BEYOND THE BACKSPLASH: To envelope more walls space in tile style, we’re seeing designers extend tile installations beyond the backsplash. Today, tiled areas in kitchens and baths may be taller and wider, becoming the backdrop for the entire room. Our Color by Numbers collection captures a sophisticated look with lasting appeal.
Spanning the entire wall, this backsplash comprised of stone and glass mosaic tiles, is a study in nature. Our Ebb and Flow collection echoes the the complex rhythms of nature with the illusion of three-dimensional patterning rendered in a smooth, “tromp l’oeil” surface.
BATHROOM BACKSPLASHES: Bathrooms are ideal for the performance and appearance of tile. This earthy, yet iridescent backsplash from our Glass Blox collection infuses this bathroom with a soft glow and a sense of serenity.