The Kitchen Backsplash Has Come A Long Way!


Early backsplashes were smalls strips of glass or ceramic tile usually only 4 inches tall depending on the available materials at the time. Kitchen sinks usually came equipped with their own backsplashes.

Things started to change in 1940s when the typical farmhouse sink with an attached backsplash was replaced with a sink that mounts under the counter and had no backsplash attached. When the 1950s came around backsplashes went from a 4inch strip to the tile all over the kitchen. This was the decade that brought color to you kitchen with colorful tile designs.

The 1990s the shift in the backsplash evolution leaned towards mosaics or bright colored tile designs. This was also the decade that people started to get back to nature and use more natural looking tiles, using more white and cream colors, lighter stained cabinets and white appliances. The 2000s homeowners are looking for clean, sleek lines; early in this decade subway tiles were the norm for some kitchen but we have branched out to include several different types backsplashes.

Modern materials used for backsplashes today are concrete, natural stone, metals, mosaics, glass and ceramics. Fantastic things are being done with concrete, you can now get a backsplash, counters and even floors in stamped concrete that has been made to look like tile. If you are looking for a natural stone granite is one of the most durable natural stone but it will need to be resealed every 6 months.

Marble is being used as a backsplash, however, it is very porous therefore will soak up the grease and dirt and can be problematic. Textured glass is making a comeback for a stunning and unique look in your kitchen. If you are on a budget but still want that special look to make your kitchen pop think about ceramic tile. Ceramic tile comes in all colors, styles and textures, it is cost effect and beautiful.

No matter what you taste or style is there is a material out there for you to make a splash in your kitchen with your backsplash.