It’s not that we don’t still love a classic white subway tile backsplash (because we totally do). It’s just that we’re starting to crave something a little different for our cooking spaces. More and more homes are leaving basic backsplashes behind and opting for designs with more colour, unique patterns and more versatile materials. With this in mind, here are our picks for the kitchen backsplash updates we’re loving right now.
1. Going Geometric
It’s time to play with shapes. Hexagonal-shaped tiles may feel a bit unexpected on the kitchen backsplash, but they’re a great way to add a lot of interest and personality to the space – as this bright white kitchen shows.
2. Shiny Style
Go on, let your kitchen really shine. Glossy and shiny tiles are one of the most popular kitchen backsplash trends of the moment, with good reason: a little gleam adds a lot of interest to the look of your backsplash – without being quite as dramatic as an intricate pattern.
3. All the Angles
Another way to put a spin on traditional tiles is to play with their arrangement to create a more distinctive look. Even white subway tile looks bold and beautiful when arranged in a herringbone pattern.
4. Vertical Space
If herringbone patterns don’t appeal to you, you can also flip those horizontal tiles vertical to try another stylish kitchen backsplash tile trend. Arranging tiles in this orientation can create a striking (and elongating) visual effect in a space.
5. Artful Additions
Who says a backsplash has to be boring? Make it a work of art by playing with an artful arrangement of tiles. This gray and white pattern really makes the design pop in this kitchen – perhaps it’s something to consider for your space.
6. Counting on Penny Tiles
Small, round and so pretty, the penny tile is an old-school favourite making a big home-design comeback in the past few years – especially when it comes to kitchen backsplash trends. We love how this kitchen makes these petite tiles feel fresh and modern with an of-the-moment black statement colour.
7. Mermaid Vibes
Want to really make waves with your backsplash design? Curved, wave-inspired tiles create a striking look. These curvaceous tiles can be quite bold, so we particularly like the classic combination of navy and white.
8. Pattern Play
If you’re drawn to bold, more maximalist designs, the kitchen backsplash is the perfect place to play with patterns. To keep the look on trend, choose a backsplash with a pattern that complements your cabinet style and range hood.
9. Stylish Slabs
Slab-style backsplashes (AKA backsplashes made of one or a few large pieces, instead of many smaller tiles) are one of the most dramatic – and sleek – kitchen backsplash updates of the moment. One piece stretching from counter to ceiling creates a clean-lined (and super luxe) look – especially if that same material flows into the countertops.
10. Wallpaper Wonders
There’s a reason why wallpaper backsplashes are such a huge kitchen backsplash trend: durable, made-for-the-kitchen wallpaper backsplashes can have huge visual impact for a comparatively low cost and effort. Another bonus? Stick-on backsplashes let you play with bolder designs, like this lemon print, without the major commitment.