If you're wondering about backsplash trends and how to find the right product to transform your home, you've come to the right place!
In her latest visit to ABC's Suncoast View, Tile Outlets' Kate Spencer focused on different types of subway tiles and mosaics and how those look in a backsplash. After all, a backsplash can change the feel of an entire room.
Kate joined the Suncoast View co-hosts on Tuesday, November 14th, with many samples and plenty of design ideas.
Sarasota's Suncoast View
Suncoast View is the locally produced hour-long Talk Show airing at 4 p.m. EST on ABC 7 WWSB in the Sarasota, Florida area. The program’s format is inspired by the ABC Network’s popular, long-running talk show, “The View”.
Kate has been a regular there and enjoys talking tile with co-hosts Stephanie Roberts, the popular Co-Anchor of ABC 7’s Good Morning Suncoast, ABC 7’s beloved veteran Reporter Linda Carson and ABC 7 Reporter Bobeth Yates.
In the photo below, you see Linda Carson on the far left, Kate, Bobeth Yates and Stephanie Roberts. Backsplash samples surround them all!
What Makes Backsplash Designs So Much Fun for Florida Homeowners?
Perhaps because there are so many possibilities to create a backsplash design that captures your own personality and preferences? Or, perhaps it's that the tile options are so exciting?
Regardless, backsplashes are fun to design and are guaranteed to transform a space. As Stephanie mentioned on the program,
"A backsplash can change the entire feel of a kitchen or bath and is one of the best places to get a big bang for your decorating buck."
In this episode of the Suncoast View, Kate discussed the following categories of products:
- Subway tile
- Glass, metal, marble and stone mosaics
- Ceramic and porcelain backsplash tiles
Subway Backsplash Trends
Everyone loves subway tile! Subway tile refers to rectangular shaped tile that can range from 2x6, 2x12, 3x6 and 3x12, 4x10 and 4x12 to 5x10 and 8x24.
You'll find subway tile in glass, ceramic and stone, not to mention porcelain that looks like brick! The image at the top of this article features marble subway tile.
Subway tile is versatile not just from a size and material perspective, but also in terms of how it can be installed.
In the image below, ceramic subway tile has been laid in a herringbone pattern.
In the image below, you see a 4x12 glass subway tile installed in a horizontal soldier design, that means that all of the joints run in the same direction and that the tiles aren't offset as the marble subway tile installation at the top of the article does.
You'll also find subway tile installed vertically.
Mosaic Backsplash Trends: Glass, Metal and Stone
The next most exciting category for backsplashes is mosaics. Here's we'll explore glass mosaics, mosaics with metal and mosaics with stone.
Glass mosaics come in multiple designs and colors. They can be shiny, iridescent, frosted and clear and patterns and designs range from square, rectangular to ornamental and whimsical.
The backsplash in the image below features shimmery iridescent mosaics that definitely make this kitchen sparkle.
In the image below, you see Fusion Ice Random Strip Glass Mosaic, a glass tile with textured, frosted and clear glass combined all in one color. The overall result is dimensional, interesting and also subtle.
Below you see another monochromatic backsplash. This one combines white glass and stone mosaic. The two textures together create a nice contrast (shine vs. matte) that works perfectly with the piece of coral.
Metal Mosaic Backsplashes
Mosaics with metal are particularly effective if you're looking to coordinate with stainless steel appliances, or create an effect that plays off of other metallic finishes such as copper.
You'll find these mosaics in square, linear and brick designs in solid designs as well as mixed with glass and stone.
In the image below you see a mosaic made from Carrara White Marble, metal and dark glass sticks.
Notice how the metal reflections add movement and interest to the backsplash.
In this next image, you see a dramatic backsplash focal design created with an offset metal mosaic framed with a red glass mosaic border, and another 4x4 tumbled travertine subway tile border.
What an effective way to combine metal, glass and travertine into a beautiful backsplash. It's a great play on colors and textures.
Marble & Stone Mosaic Backsplashes
No surprise, marble and travertine are very popular for backsplashes. These are classic, natural beauties that complement many countertops in a kitchen. However, they are also porous stones and need to be sealed regularly to maintain their beauty.
Look at this beautiful Statuary Carrara polished White Marble 1x2 Mosaic backsplash...
Here's a fun kitchen where the strip travertine and glass mosaic was installed vertically rather than horizontally as you often see. I love the totally different look it creates.
PixieStix #4 Travertine and Glass Linear Mosaic 12x12 is a similar product available at Tile Outlets.
This is an example of a vertical soldier style installation since the tiles are standing straight up and down. I love how the travertine picks up the colors of the granite countertops and the dark glass pieces pull in the cabinet door colors.
Tumbled stones are timeless in a backsplash. In the image below, you see 4x4 Classic Premium Tumbled travertine installed on the diagonal combined with a border of Classic, Gold & Noce Travertine Mix 2x2 Tumbled as a feature linear strip in the kitchen.
The colors complement the granite countertops in kitchen. Remember to regularly seal and maintain the travertine to keep it looking beautiful.
Ceramic & Porcelain Backplashes
The last backsplash category to explore includes porcelain and ceramic tile in many different shapes and sizes. Here you'll find not just squares, but also harlequin, ornamental, diamonds, squares and circle mosaics.
This image below features White Porcelain Diamond Mosaic in a kitchen backsplash.
If you are looking to create a smooth clean backsplash design, you might want to use ceramics in 4x4, 6x6 or even subway formats to achieve this look.
Look how dimensional this White Ice Bright 6x6 backsplash looks installed on the diagonal with the addition of colored glass mosaics.
What's Your Reaction to these Backsplash Trends?
We love that the possibilities are endless when it comes to backsplashes.
You can use tile, mosaics and stones. If you want to combine textures and materials to create your very own focal design in your kitchen or bath, you can. You get to decide on the color palette you want to use and the format or design you desire.
Are you as excited as we are? Come visit Tile Outlets of America to explore what's possible for your own home. Be sure to bring pictures of your cabinets, your kitchen or your bathroom for your color choices.
You can watch the entire 5 minute Suncoast View segment by clicking on Color Backsplashes for Big Decor Changes with Tile Outlets.
Thanks for watching and learning about backsplash trends with us. Let us know of any questions.