From Blah to Ah! Design Pro Shares 3 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Smith Kitchen high res 005 Smith Kitchen Design Project: Backsplash implemented in light reflecting glass tiles.

Illuminate and Brighten. Glass tiles are very popular and are often used in contemporary kitchen design projects, eclectic kitchens, and transitional kitchens. The reflective qualities of glass tile are a great source of light and color, and help to create the visual illusion that your kitchen is much bigger and brighter than it really is – the perfect design solution to brighten and enlarge that dark, and small kitchen space.

clip_image001[6]Capuano Kitchen Design Project: Custom hand-painted backsplash over cook top.

Focal Point Design: Custom hand-painted tiles are a beautiful way to create a unique kitchen backsplash that becomes a statement piece–one that mirrors your design aesthetic, style and personality. Many tile companies offer beautiful murals, hand-painted borders and decorative tiles that can be customized to fit your design needs, and project color palette.

clip_image001Bartlett Kitchen Design Project: White Pillowed Tiled Backsplash.

Seamless Beauty.  Patterned tiles work well to create an overall pattern repeat similar to that of wallpaper which creates a visual impression of seamless flow. The pillowed tile shown in the above photo was hand painted to match the clients fabric colors in the adjacent family room. The tiles are 6’” x 6” which makes the 18” high backsplash area seamless without cuts. In this kitchen plug molding was used so there were no outlets on the backsplash and the switches were placed on return walls.

Avoid creating visual distractions such as outlets, pot-fillers and switches in the backsplash.  A kitchen design trick for Pro results is to plan for these visual disruptions early on. Designers are keen to use plug moulding (to hide outlets and switch covers), which is installed under the cabinets and is hidden by light rails trim or using a countertop disposer switch as a great way to avoid having a disposer switch on the tile backsplash. Another easy to implement design trick is to have your electrician place outlets very close to the countertop and run them horizontally instead of vertically.

imageMilwit Kitchen Design Project: Mosaic Backsplash in earthy, rustic tones.

Though mosaic tile is beautiful in any setting; mosaics are the perfect solution to create an illusion of seamless design. In kitchens, one of the major obstacles that often pops up in tiling backsplash walls is the issue of uneven heights like those under the window sill, behind a hood area, along a peninsula and inside an open shelf. Those uneven height considerations often call for smaller tile cuts which can give a seamed look to the wall, instead of a nice, uninterrupted visual flow.

Mosaic tiles come in an exhilarating array of materials (marble, glass, ceramic, metal, slate, leather and other enticing materials), textures, colors, finishes, patterns and sizes, so there’s no end to the lovely combinations you can find for your kitchen backsplash design project.

About Davida Rodriguez

image Maryland-based, kitchen and bath designer, Davida Rodriguez has been creating beautiful kitchen, bath and tile designs in the Washington, DC area for over 22 years. Davida’s love for design was nurtured early on in her college career as she studied fine arts and crafts.  She is recognized for her design talent in artfully expressing her clients ideas and dreams for their kitchen, bathroom or tile project.

A native of the Washington DC area and an Interior Design graduate from the University of Maryland, Davida embarked on her career in kitchen and bathroom design at Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens. Davida spent nine years there until she  on a new journey focusing in the area of tile design at Architectural Ceramics, in 1997. Davida saw a huge area for growth in tile design and knew that this emerging design direction would help to transform her kitchen and bath projects to a whole new level.

In 2006, Davida seized the opportunity to establish her design firm, Davida’s Kitchen and Tiles, which would combine her extensive knowledge of the kitchen, bath and tile fields together in an extraordinary showroom. Davida’s Kitchen and Tiles showroom, located in Old Towne Gaithersburg, offers inspirational displays of custom cabinetry from WoodMode and Brookhaven, as well as glass, stone and ceramic art tiles from around the world. She also works with a host of “green” building materials, including formaldehyde-free cabinetry, recycled glass and countertops.

Contact Information and Showroom Location:  435 A&B East Diamond Ave · Gaithersburg, MD 20877 · 240-361-9331 · 240-361-9351 (fax) | EMail: