Though one of the most recognizable design elements of the modern kitchen, the backsplash wasn’t always the showstopper it is today.

Having emerged shortly after running water became commonplace in household kitchens, the first backsplashes were a standard 4” tall and their primary function was to protect against … well, splashing. They prevented water and moisture from damaging the walls behind the sink, and eventually, they extended behind the stove to safeguard against grease spatter.

Today, however, the backsplash is one of the most important features of any new build or remodelling project, and choosing the perfect materials and design is paramount to pulling together your dream kitchen.

Here are some of the top trends we’re looking forward to seeing in the year ahead.


Up, up, and away

Innovative hidden storage solutions are taking the place of above-the-counter cabinetry, leaving plenty of open wall space for builders and homeowners to get creative. Extending the backsplash upward toward the ceiling creates an eye-catching focal point and opens up the room to create the illusion of more space.


Go big or go home

In 2020, expect everything about the backsplash to be bigger—and we’re not just talking larger subway tiles. Look for full-slab backsplashes in glass (as shown above), marble, quartz, and other materials to command attention with their sleek, clean lines. Added bonus: no more dirty grout lines to clean.


Find some new material

Glass, ceramic, and porcelain tiles make for a beautiful backsplash—but why limit your options? New materials and finishes are cropping up every day, like glossy metallics, polished rock pebbles, brick and slate, and even upcycled or recycled wood. And don’t be afraid to mix and match!


New year, new hue

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Color will reign supreme in 2020. Especially in the kitchen, where colorful appliances won’t be the only ones having all the fun. Look for backsplashes, too, to shed their blend-into-the-background hues and take on a brighter, bolder complexion.


Game, set, match

We love the idea of matching the countertops to the backsplash for a smooth, synchronous look in contemporary kitchens. It works especially well in smaller kitchens, where the streamlined appearance creates the perception of a larger space. Though subtle at first glance, this design technique is sure to leave a lasting impression.

One final thought: Consider your lighting

As with any design element, when choosing the color, materials, and placement of your kitchen backsplash, it’s important to take into account how it will look in both natural and artificial light.

To do so, you may want to take home different samples to visualize what they will look like during the day and at night. If your kitchen doesn’t get a lot of natural light, consider adding strategically placed fixtures to best highlight your backsplash.

Like what you see here? Primera offers a wide selection of tile products, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, and more to help new home builders and commercial developers create the perfect kitchen. Call us today at (866) 752-7336 or email to learn more.

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