HOTTEST KITCHEN BACKSPLASHES
By Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle.com
TWO TRENDS IN ONE
Nothing is hotter than the black and white color trend. Just check out the “most- pinned” shots on Pinterest and “most-liked” photos on Instagram. Black and white rooms are the preferred palette for interior design these days. There’s also a strong trend in patterned tile. Patterns that give a nod to organic shapes and patterns are the most popular. Larger simple one and two color patterns are the rage and especially if they are the focal point of the room. A tile that blends both trends is the black and white Morris Block pattern from Jeffrey Court Tile designed exclusively for Home Depot. This glass mosaic can be easily installed for that bit of pattern in an all black kitchen as we designed or an all white kitchen which is the most popular color for kitchens today.
WHY I LOVE IT: Organic patterns, geometric shape and the glass is so easy to clean.
MARBLE IN FRESH PATTERNS:
Marble is the number one natural stone choice for not only counters but also backsplashes. It’s the ‘classic’ stone that will never go out of style. Marble as a backsplash with a quartz countertop can make for interesting combinations and a way to reduce maintenance and help your kitchen stand up to daily use. More updated patterns have some intricacy such as hexagons with borders. Here, I designed a space that uses the updated Arbor Hills pattern in a contemporary application by covering a large section of the wall. Personally, this is one of my favorite mosaics that Jeffrey Court designed for The Home Depot. It’s timeless yet modern with a subtle geometric pattern that brings any space into the highly appealing transitional style.
WHY I LOVE IT: It’s that Hexagon inside a border that looks more modern yet timeless.
INDUSTRIAL GREY MEETS MIDCENTURY
Grey is our neutral. It’s this decade’s number one color for flooring and blending with woods. The Jeffrey Court 2” x 8” Basalt field tile is made of natural basalt (volcanic rock). I love this tile because it adds sophisticated dimension to an industrial space or to midcentury architecture. It’s textured and fun size makes it the perfect building block for extended wall applications such as hallways, entryways and shower walls. Tonal grey hues are supporting players for interior design. They help add depth and an organic quality. I also love this tile for it’s matte finish – the exact type of material you’d see in today’s modern dwelling.
WHY I LOVE IT: It’s natural and organic and that always feels cozy to me.
Morris Block Image: Jeffrey Court/Home Depot Glass Morris Block Mosaic Tile – Interior Designer and Stylist: Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle.com – Whirlpool Stainless Steel 30-inch Slide-In Gas Range
Arbor Hills Image: Jeffrey Court/Home Depot Marble Arbor Hills Mosaic Tile – Interior Designer and Stylist Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle.com
Basalt 2″ x 8″ Image: Jeffrey Court/Home Depot Basalt 2 in. X 8 in. honed Basalt Field wall tile – Interior Designer and Stylist Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle.com