Kitchen Design: Backsplash Geometry

How do you make sure your kitchen tile is fully on-trend? Think color, and the more intricate the pattern, the better!

Backsplash areas have become the stars of kitchen design in the last few years, showcasing everything from classic subway tile to global-chic Moroccan patterns. As upper cabinets are replaced by trendy open shelving, backsplash treatments can cover the entire wall behind the shelves. Walls covered top to bottom in beautiful tile or stone are 2019’s most stylish kitchen looks.

CLASSIC TILE, INTENSE COLOR

White and neutral kitchens are always popular – but color is moving into kitchens in a big way. Even subway tiles, which are so popular in white, are appearing in rich, colorful tones. A bright bold color can be very versatile and open doors to so many design options. Check out our Temple Glazed Brick Collection or Chelsea Brick Collection for inspiration! Both collections feature subway tile in beautiful colors and finishes.

GEOMETRIC TILE PATTERNS

Add interest to plain tile by laying it in a complex pattern. Again solid color subway tile applied in a non conventional pattern adds dimension and interest. Contrasting grout adds to the impact, without spoiling the modern, monochromatic effect.

We also see designers embracing more and more fresh shapes like hexagons – a pattern found in nature (think: beehives), its repetitive quality is soothing. Plus, the shape lends itself to fun and interesting graphics and edge treatments. Check out our new Verde Capri Marble , this collection offers light green marble available as tile, mosaic, molding and slab. 

PATTERN AND COLOR IN STONE

Highly figured and colorful granite, marble and even onyx are gaining new appreciation for their distinctive, natural patterns. Alternating the direction of the grain, or book matching it for a mirrored effect, creates a one-of-a-kind geometric design. Installed as large format tiles or even wall-sized slabs, stone makes for a show-stopping backsplash or floors.