Trend Study: Make a Splash with Your Backsplash

As style trends lean more and more toward clean, crisp transitional styling, the backsplash (the wall area between the countertop and the underside of wall cabinets) is also utilizing sleek new products. 

The backsplash has traditionally fulfilled a functional purpose of protecting the wall from splashes and splatters and stopping spills from affecting the wall.  Oftentimes, a backsplash is a 4" piece of the countertop extended up the back wall.  Although this serves the functional purpose of containing spills, it does little for protecting the wall from splatters or splashes and does little for the overall design aesthetic.

Current trends toward sleek design are utilizing the backsplash to create a seamless look by covering the entire backsplash (filling the entire 18" of typical wall space between the countertop and wall cabinets) with tile or other non-porous surface.  And in some cases, the entire wall is covered to create a cohesive look.  Here are a few examples below ...

 

In the image below, marble is used on the entire wall behind the stove and above the countertop.

In this kitchen remodel, marble is used on the entire wall behind the stove and above the countertop.

 

In the image below, stainless steel creates a sleek, seamless backsplash.

Contemporary Proffesional Styled Kitchen Design. Stainless steel creates a sleek, seamless backsplash.

 

In the image below, back-painted glass is used to cover the entire wall behind the cooktop.  Back-painted glass can be matched to any specified color.

Contemporary black and blue, stainless steel kitchen design with back-painted glass is used to cover the entire wall behind the cooktop.  Back-painted glass can be matched to any specified color.

 

In the image below, glass tile is used in a monochromatic color with tight grout lines to create a minimalist look.

In this simplistic kitchen, glass tile is used in a monochromatic color with tight grout lines to create a minimalist look.

 

In the image below, a tightly woven, herringbone pattern is created with a subway tile filling the entire wall.

In this modern kitchen design, a tightly woven, herringbone pattern is created with a subway tile filling the entire wall.

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