Besides Carrara which is most definitely the hottest thing flying out of tile showrooms and into kitchens and bathrooms across the country right now, I’ve found it; the next trend in backsplash tile, being installed right alongside mosaics. This thin stacked, multi-coloured one:
This tile belongs in a contemporary or modern kitchen period. The end.
Notice the countertops here are pink beige that do not relate to the orange beige and burgundy backsplash tile in any way.
Here is my point. Anything that visually creates such a strong horizontal line belongs in a contemporary kitchen. I have recently started seeing this tile in magazines installed in traditional kitchens and it does not work in my opinion.
“Well”, you might be saying “I love this tile, why don’t I just use it as an ‘accent’ on my kitchen backsplash’ (above) or bathroom (below).
You could, but will you love it 5 years from now when the trend passes?
That’s the question I always ask, especially when it comes to tile which is not so easy to replace. I still prefer the look of clean.
Like this one. (above)
And here’s the Carrara again, in a thin, stacked application. And notice, the kitchen is contemporary. As it should be when it’s cut to create such a strong, horizontal line. This same tile in a traditional kitchen would not be as good.
Again, these are guidelines, obviously there are always exceptions to ‘rules’, however if you are trying to decide between ‘simple’ vs. ‘trendy’ at this moment, consider the style of your kitchen to help you choose.
How do you feel about this trend?