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Latest trend in kitchen backsplashes

The installation of a tile wall in a kitchen is here!

It’s 2019 and that means it’s time to talk about this year’s design trends. There are so many great trends that I hope to use in my designs, but the one that interests me the most is the tile wall in a kitchen. That’s right, we are talking about the latest concept in splatter design. Going up, tiling everything and framing windows.

I’ve said for years that an easy path to high design is through the use of tile. I love tile and use it in almost every design to create unique custom looks for each of my clients.

The trend this year is to get rid of the concept that the backsplash in a kitchen is installed only under the cabinets. Instead we take tile over cabinets and go bold by covering entire walls.

You heard it correctly, the backsplash has now spread from wall to wall and almost any tile will work for this application. However, if you want to keep your design evergreen, my suggestion is to use a white subway tile.

I love subway tiles for their versatility, cost, and high design. It comes in multiple sizes, making it easy to create different styles, and can be found almost everywhere from tile stores to home improvement centers.

When looking for a traditional subway, look no further than the classic 3×6. This tile installed in a 1/2 set pattern is as evergreen as you can get. If you want to pierce it a bit, try using a darker grout to make the lines pop. You can also play with other sizes like 2×4 or 4×8.

Then there is my favorite, the 3×12 white meter. This size takes us away from the traditional and goes to a more modern look. It is also a great size to use if you are looking to place it in a herringbone pattern, but it is just as beautiful installed in a 1/2 or 1/3 pattern.

Bottom line, if you’re looking for that wow factor in your kitchen, it’s time to go big and bold, wall-to-wall and make tile your focal point. Weather, evergreen subway tiles, mosaics or stones, entire walls of any kitchen can transform a basic design into a tall design without remodeling the entire kitchen.

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