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Top 5 Kitchen Backsplash Trends for 2019

Backsplashes are a special part of the kitchen. They’re both fun and functional, they can blend right in or make a big impact, and they’re not as difficult to replace with changing trends as bigger ticket items like cabinets and counters. This makes them an amazing place to really define the aesthetic and tone of your kitchen without feeling like you’re making a commitment that may need to last decades, and they’re a great way to showcase your personal style. If you’re ready to bring your kitchen into the current day, here are five kitchen backsplash trends we’re seeing this year that we expect to stick around.

Ceiling-height backsplash
Why stop midway through the wall? A gorgeous trend that makes a huge impact isn’t a specific color or material, but instead showcasing more of whatever color or material you ultimately choose. Previously it was more common to stop backsplashes at the cabinet line, and continue that same stop-point in places like the sink area where cabinets are typically absent. But when we stop to ask ourselves ‘why?’, there’s no great answer. Bringing your backsplash all the way to the ceiling gives it a bolder and bigger place in your kitchen design, and the results are truly stunning.

Larger subway tiles
Subway tiles have been in style for decades now, so they’re a very safe bet that the trend isn’t going anywhere and your kitchen won’t accidentally look outdated in a hurry. That being said, give the old look a new twist by blowing the tile size past the standard three inches by six inches. This one small change can give your kitchen an entirely different and more modern feel, while still being done in a way that is sure to stand the test of time.

Metallic finishes
Metallic or mirrored finishes have been on the rise, and while they may not be the most classic choice, they’re certainly a beautiful modern one to enjoy while we can. And, since backsplashes can be replaced more easily than other elements in your kitchen, they’re great to blend with complementary but classic counters and cabinets to keep your kitchen feeling trendy and contemporary, without the concerns of it looking outdated with no way to fix it.

Backsplashes have been a little more plain in the past, but there is no reason to keep that line of thought going. Instead, incorporate any number of textures or colors or finishes to create a more dimensional look that really sets your kitchen apart from the same old same old we’ve seen in decades prior. The right pattern can look trendy or timeless, so the choice on how to make it feel is still truly yours.

Alternative materials
The best part of the era of smartphones and interconnectedness is the availability of new concepts and ideas we may not have otherwise been exposed to. People are more willing than ever to get more creative and try new things, and our ability to share with one another makes everyone feel a little braver than they were before. Metal sheets, crushed glass, and any other number of alternative materials can make a stunning and provocative backsplash that wows both you and your guests.

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