Choosing the Best Backsplash

Choosing the backsplash of your modern Italian kitchen is a great way to infuse your unique tastes.  It is also an opportunity to create a focal point or play with the way the space appears.  For example, vertical backsplashes will make the kitchen appear larger and taller.  Marble, a classic choice, can be used to make your modern kitchen backsplash feel royal – especially with an uncommon counter-to-ceiling wall application. The only limit on your backsplash options is your imagination.  Wallpaper has resumed its popularity in the last few years and a simple coat of paint will never go out of style.  The challenge with both of these options is that they won’t protect the walls from spills and stains over time.

The following options are recommended because they are easy to clean and are perfect for complementing any modern Italian kitchen design:

Tile is the most popular backsplash choice.  It’s also the most overwhelming in terms of options since there are hundreds of styles.  Tile is available in a huge variety of sizes, colors, textures and shapes.  There are also many options within a specific tile size.  For example, there is an abundance of options for   subway tile.

When redesigning my own kitchen, I was overwhelmed with amount of options and photos available of tile backsplashes; all equally exquisite.  I recommend keeping it simple by choosing a tile that mimics the floor you have chosen.  The result will be a sense of uniformity and sleekness in tune with modern Italian kitchen design.

You can create a unique tile design by adding accent tiles made of metal or glass above the sink, stove or focal point of any wall with a backsplash.  A great way to highlight the character of your modern Italian kitchen and create a sense of continuity is to add a border approx. two-thirds the height of the backsplash.

Glass and stone mosaics are currently very popular.   They are perfect for a kitchen backsplash because they are impractical for most other kitchen surfaces.

The use of stone in particular is a great way to soften the edges of an industrial modern kitchen.  As you can see in the photo, the use of natural stone along the walls infuses an element of warmth into the modern kitchen.

Stainless steel is ideal for a very clean, modern look.  Stainless steel backsplashes are perfect for the kitchen because they are easy to keep clean and look especially beautiful in modern settings.  As an added bonus, they are eco-friendly.

The placement of a single sheet of stainless steel can create an element of sleekness and is practical for kitchen use.  There are also miniature stainless steel tiles available which add an industrial edge to the modern kitchen.

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SOFTEN THE EDGES     The look of this industrial modern kitchen is softened by designer Randy Weinstein with an ivory subway-tiled backsplash and contrasting rich wooden cabinetry around it. Four open shelves allow the backsplash more function by providing visible storage space, while adding a decorative quality with eclectic dishware and accessories.

Nothing is more eye-catching than a sparkling mosaic backsplash. Designer Linda Woodrum created this kitchen's focal point by combining reclaimed stained-glass tiles in gray, white and yellow to create a stunning, detailed backsplash against the entire back wall. The colorful glass tiles complement the dark wood cabinetry and the kitchen's overall urban edge, while also integrating a bold dose of color to match the golden-yellow work island.

Focus In    The first thing you notice upon entering HGTV Dream Home 2010's kitchen is the dramatic floor-to-ceiling backsplash in soothing hues of aqua and turquoise. Designer Linda Woodrum wanted to ensure that the backsplash was the star of the kitchen by keeping the cabinetry low and by using soft, subtle neutrals in the surrounding decor. Inlaid in recycled aluminum, the sleek glass tiles coordinate well with the contemporary stainless steel furnishings, while also lending a colorful and artistic element to the space.

WARM IT UP To add visual warmth to this urban kitchen, designer Tina Muller used tumbled natural stone along the walls for the backsplash. When paired with stainless steel appliances, white fusion granite countertops and dark-chocolate maple cabinetry, the backsplash instantly appears clean and contemporary.

UNIFY YOUR DESIGN    In this contemporary kitchen, designer Erinn Valencich takes the glossy blue-gray backsplash all around the room to create a unified design with elegant and romantic appeal. The mosaic glass border, with hues of brown and blue, provides a sufficient dose of color and pulls in the scheme from the adjacent dining room for a consistent look that appears subtle yet captivating.

Make it pop  This stunning gray backsplash makes a colorful statement against crisp white-lacquer cabinets and countertops. "The backsplash is so highly reflective that it looks wet and reflects so much light around the room," says designer Samantha Pynn. To further play up the backsplash, she coordinated the gray tiles with gray living room decor, such as the sofa and other accessories, for an open and cohesive look.