Hot Trends in Kitchen Backsplashes

Give your kitchen a burst of color and personality with a new backsplash! With so many hot new tile trends, how do you incorporate the looks into your home?

Designer Lauren Oviatt with Oviatt Design shares her top backsplash picks, and helps you decide which style is right for you.

You may not realize it, but your backsplash says a lot about you! Most kitchen cabinets are a standard stained or painted finish but your backsplash presents an opportunity to make a statement, add some individuality and completely enhance a space where you and your family spend a lot of time

For the Color Lover:
What more fun place to inject color than a backsplash? There are TONS of colorful options in ceramic and glass in nearly every color of the rainbow and any shape you can think of. By setting simple brick or square tiles in an offset pattern you can create an arts and crafts look. Take more linear tiles and stack them and you’ve gone contemporary. Play it a bit safer by just choosing one color and setting it into a more traditional arrangement of whites or cream tiles.

For the Traditionalist:
It doesn’t get any more classic or traditional than a simple white glazed ceramic subway tile. It will never go out of style. If this is the look for you – update it by taking the tile up the wall to the ceiling or choosing an updated ‘pillowed’ or beveled subway tile. Traditionalists always gravitate toward enduring patterns like herringbone and basketweave. In porcelain, travertine or slate these patterns create a timeless look that really enhances kitchens that have deeper cabinet colors.

For the Trendsetter:
For those who are into the “now” in their home décor, there is SO much fabulousness out there in tile trends. Technology has allowed tile companies to create the most intricate shapes and patterns in natural stone and glass for a truly artistic result. The keywords here are “carrera marble”, “fretwork”, “mosaic”, and “fine detail.” Due to how expensive these intricate tiles can be both to purchase and install, an inset frame over your oven range or horizontal detail running through a larger-format tile might be the best way to get the look without breaking the bank. Any way you install the tile, these trend-setting tiles are show stopping.

Lauren has always had a love for interior and landscape design, floral décor, and all things beautiful! Having lived in the South and also on the west coast before settling in Utah, her design instinct is to combine traditional elements and furniture with updated style and current color palettes. She is constantly looking for ways to infuse glamour into her projects while bringing a fresh perspective and an eye for tasteful, classic design. Lauren has degrees in both Public Relations and Interior Design and worked in wedding/event planning before transitioning to residential and hospitality design.
Oviatt Design is a full-service design firm in business for over 25 years, specializing in high-end residential and commercial design. The scope of their projects ranges from simple home renovations to large-scale construction projects where design is implemented from the first color choices to the final finishing touches. With direct access to over 75 upholstery, accessory and furniture lines, the team of designers are able to provide each client with pieces that are particular to his or her taste and style. Their showroom is open to the public Monday through Friday.

Lauren Stimpson Oviatt

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