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Elements of Design: Kitchen Backsplashes

Jan 2018

Sinkology is proud to present Kristan Allen, our design expert and guest blogger who runs the @FarmhouseRedefined Instagram. Kristan is here to share some design ideas and inspiration around designing your home around your Sinkology sink.

It’s a new year, so why not launch a new blog series? Every so often, I thought it would be fun to compile some of my favorite trends around certain aspects of design. This month’s “Elements of Design” is all about kitchen backsplashes because that is one of the things I get the most questions about in my own home. I also have a habit of serial-pinning fun and unique backsplashes. Who’s with me?

Take a look below at some of my favorite backsplash options. Whether you’re planning for a new backsplash soon, or just filing ideas away on your Pinterest board…these are definitely some inspiring options!


Natural Stone

Stone BacksplashI love to incorporate natural stone into a room…you can dress it up or down and it adds a ton of texture. I chose drystack stone for my backsplash and it really livens up the smooth fronts of my cabinets. I also love how it pairs with my copper farmhouse sink. This particular material came in sheets, which made it easier to install and, after applying a quick sealant, it was backsplash-ready!


Subway Tile

For me, subway tile is such a classic choice…but with today’s fun material options, you can put a whole new spin on it! Whether you’re using plain white tiles, smoky glass ones or tumbled travertine tile, this arrangement is pleasing to the eye and creates a solid backdrop for different styles of cabinets. One of my favorite tricks for any type of backsplash is to take it to the ceiling or floor (or both!). This kitchen by Andra Miller Designs does this beautifully with glossy white subway tile.


Herringbone Pattern

It’s hard for me to pass up herringbone pattern on anything – whether we’re talking about fashion or home! This kitchen by Simo Designs via Desire to Inspire stopped me in my tracks when I first saw it (I think I’ve pinned it 84 times since then)! The dark grout against the white tiles really makes the intricacy of the pattern stand out. The lights and pops of warm wood are a double bonus!


Solid Marble

While we’re on the subject of natural stone, let’s talk marble. It’s elegant, striking and easily fits within pretty much any color scheme. Using it across large expanses – like this kitchen by Amber Interiors – officially has my heart these days!   The clean, smooth lines look great against the darker cabinets…and the natural veining of the marble immediately draws the eye.


Graphic Tiles

Graphic mosaic tiles come in a plethora of patterns and a rainbow of colors. Whether you’re looking at encaustic or painted tiles, the possibilities are endless. These are the perfect way to have some fun in a space and/or off-set a solid wall of cabinets. The light blue-gray tones of the tile in this kitchen by Dana Benson Construction via Décor Pad make the intricate pattern a serene escape against the cream-colored cabinets and warm wood floors.


Mixed Materials

Another great way to have some fun with a backsplash is to mix materials! Areas behind a range or bar are perfect for showcasing a material that’s different from the rest of your backsplash. Jenna Sue Design used brick pavers above the range in this kitchen, which amps up the texture and pairs really well with the smooth subway tile used everywhere else. I love the chunky look of the pavers, plus they’re durable and affordable…win-win-win!


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