It’s time to stop procrastinating and finally get to work on that home kitchen DIY project you’ve been putting off for months. No, we’re not talking about installing new appliances or flooring or even new cabinets. We’re talking about that new backsplash behind the sink.
To help you pick the right look, we’ve shared a list of backsplash trends for 2016, courtesy of Angie’s List. Good luck!
Extend backsplash tiles to the ceiling:
In the past, backsplashes have run from the top of the countertop to the bottom of the upper cabinets. In most cases, however, there is plenty of wall space left to fill above the cabinets. One idea is to extend the backsplash tile to the ceiling.
Install backsplash tiles in a unique pattern:
There’s nothing wrong with stacking tiles horizontally, but the folks at Angie’s List say it’s okay to shake things up with a unique backsplash pattern. Try laying the tiles vertically or in a diagonal or herringbone pattern to add a modern feel.
Keep electrical outlets out of site:
Another backsplash trend involves keeping electrical outlets hidden by looking for kitchen designs that mount plugs under cabinets. You can also install them horizontally if you’re using horizontal tile to help blend them into the design.
Use wood flooring materials for your backsplash:
Angie’s List recommends taking a cue from your home flooring and using a wood or wood-look product. Real wood can be tough to install and requires a lot of care, but there are “hundreds of tile products on the market that mimic the look and feel of wood.” This look works best if you have cabinets painted in a solid color.
Use the same tile throughout your backsplash design:
Angie’s List advises homeowners to lose the smaller, decorative pieces from a backsplash design. Clean lines and consistent tiles are in so choose a “higher grade field tile that complements the space and doesn’t need those extra flourishes.”