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Modern Kitchen Backsplash Ideas for 2021

In the past decades, the kitchen tended to be a separate room of the home that we hid out in to prepare meals or do dishes. But modern day homes call for more open-concept floorplans, and the kitchen is an especially popular area to implement this layout. With more open-concept kitchens, homeowners are looking for modern backsplashes to add an elegant and unique touch to their kitchen space. The kitchen backsplash is a great way to experiment with color, shapes and materials, as well as add a visual focal point to the room. If you are considering a kitchen remodel, don’t miss these top modern kitchen backsplash ideas for 2021. 

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Bold Colors

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When designing kitchens, we often think of neutral colors and materials for our counters and backsplashes. While there’s nothing wrong with a crisp, white kitchen, why not explore the rest of the color wheel?

Homeowners and interior designers are thinking outside the tile box when it comes to modern kitchen backsplash ideas. Popular for backsplashes now are teal fish-scale tile, terracotta slabs, sky blue hexagons, and even moody black tile. Kitchens often double as an entertaining space, so it makes sense to bring your personality and favorite colors into this part of the home.

If you don’t want to commit to a colored backsplash across your entire kitchen, consider a backsplash centerpiece with bold colors that adds a just dash of color and makes a unique statement.

Mosaic Tiles

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Homeowners are sprucing up their kitchen spaces with modern mosaic tile backsplashes. Mosaic tiles come in a variety of patterns, textures and colors – which can add a nice focal centerpiece to your cooking and entertaining space. Use mosaic tiles in kitchens that have neutral, solid or earthy tones throughout the rest of the space to add a nice flair of design. For instance, detailed mosaics can add a pop of color to kitchens with white cabinets and neutral countertops.

High-Shine

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Not only do you get that squeaky clean look with a high-shine tile, but it’s also practical. The kitchen is obviously a high-traffic zone for splashes of marinara sauce or build up of cooking oil, which on paint or matte tile can be a chore to clean. With a high-shine tile, all you need your cleaning product you have on hand and a rag to wipe it all down to look good as new. And as an easy-to-find finish, all you need to do is pick your favorite pattern or tile color.

Ceiling Height

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Who says your backsplash has to be relegated to a small spot above the stove? Designers are thinking big and taking backsplash throughout the kitchen walls as well as up to the ceiling. This is in contrast to seeing that strip of painted walls above your kitchen cabinets. Keep going and create a cohesive look that will wow you every time you make your morning coffee.

Unique Shapes

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Tile comes in a plethora of shapes, not just squares and rectangles, and modern kitchen backsplashes are reflecting this. Think diamonds, fish scale, hexagons, herringbone, Arabesque, chevrons, rhomboids and more. This is also a way to bring more drama into your kitchen without having to rely on bold colors that may be outside of your comfort zone.

Marble

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A single piece of marble doesn’t need to be relegated to your kitchen counter—it can live on your walls, too! Many homeowners are loving the modern kitchen backsplash idea of marble tiles for added elegance.

For a truly high-end look in your kitchen, you can consider a single slab of marble as opposed to individual tiles for your kitchen’s backsplash. Your walls will be transformed into a canvas celebrating natural stone and its unique veining and hidden pops of colors.

DIY-Friendly

Hear us out: Don’t discount DIY-friendly peel-and-stick tiling! It’s not only cost effective, but the array of designs and finishes would surprise you. This is an excellent option for someone who wants to try something bold without the commitment and cost of demoing the kitchen. Plus, a modern backsplash will certainly help with resale. Whether you’re looking for colored subway tiles, herringbone patterns or an Art Deco-inspired wall that will pop, you’ll find it at your favorite big box stores or online retailers. Simply purchase the tiles of stickers in sheets, place them where you want, and surprise your guests when you tell them it’s not real tile.


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