Angie’s List: Backsplashes

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5 Kitchen Backsplash Trends:

1. Extend backsplash tiles to the ceiling
Traditionally, backsplashes ran from the countertop to the bottom of the upper cabinet. Chances are, though, you have plenty of additional wall space to fill. Kitchen ceilings used to stop at 8 feet, but now it’s common for homebuilders to go 10 feet or more.

2. Install backsplash tiles in a unique pattern
Horizontal subway tiles have been a popular kitchen design choice for years, but don’t be afraid to shake things up by creating a unique backsplash pattern. Try installing those subway tiles vertically. It’s a new twist on a classic look. You can also attempt a herringbone design or a diagonal pattern.

3. Keep electrical outlets out of sight
Another backsplash trend involves keeping electrical outlets as hidden as possible. Remember, your backsplash is a work of art, so who wants an electrical plug in the middle of it? Look for kitchen designs that mount these plugs underneath the kitchen cabinets, next to the under-cabinet lighting. It’s convenient, easy and you’ll never even know the outlets are there.

4. Use wood flooring materials for your backsplash
Let your backsplash take a cue from your flooring and go with a wood or a wood-look. Real wood planks can be a bit of a chore to install and require a lot of care, but you’ll also find hundreds of tile products on the market that mimic the look and feel of wood. Normally, these products are used for flooring, but why not put your own spin on it and use them for a one-of-a-kind backsplash? The idea works best when you have a painted cabinet in a solid color so it contrasts with the wood.

5. Use the same tile throughout your backsplash design
Removing the smaller, decorative pieces from a backsplash design is another emerging trend, so that ribbon of colored glass or hand-painted terra cotta tile may need to find a home elsewhere. Clean lines and consistent tiles can speak for themselves in today’s backsplashes.