If you are looking for an easy way to spruce up your kitchen, changing your backsplash design is the way to go. While most people tend to pick classic ceramic tiles for their wall tiles design, there are other several other options to choose from. Afterall, who wouldn’t want a dreamy kitchen? Here are some of the most popular backsplashes in the market now.

Wall Tiles Design #1 Lacquered Glass Backsplash
Pair lacquered glass wall tiles with glossy membrane cabinets for a sheen kitchen

Love vibrant colours? Go for lacquered glass! Colourful and easy to clean,lacquered glass gives you unlimited colour possibilities. A lacquered glass backsplash is created by applying a lacquer coat on the back of the glass resulting in a beautiful, opaque and shiny surface. These reflect light, thus optimising the use of artificial lights creating a brighter space.

As we use tempered glass to create the look, it is strong, durable, and easy to clean. The most significant advantage is that you can further paint, use stickers or frost the glass for a unique look. Get a brand new look for your kitchen every once in a while by changing the sticker!

Wall Tiles Design #2 Back-painted Glass Backsplash
Make a statement like this lime green back-painted glass backsplash

With a distinctive look that makes your kitchen’s ambience special, back-painted glasses have made a huge splash in today’s kitchens. They add a lot of vibrancy to an otherwise normal-looking kitchen. A back painted glass is exactly what it sounds like – a glass painted at the back, with your choice of colour.

You can mix-match the glass colours if you have a big kitchen with neutral cabinets or just use a single colour if you’ve got bright cabinets. The possibilities are unlimited. A glass backsplash perfectly justifies the purpose too; it’s easy to clean and maintain.  

Wall Tiles Design #3 Exposed Brick Wall Backsplash
Go rustic with exposed brick backsplash

A novel look for your kitchen, the exposed brick wall has been gaining popularity off late as designers are keen to showcase an intriguing textural element as an accent. An exposed brick wall was permitted only in living rooms and bedrooms before. This backsplash is making its way into modern day kitchen too.  Brick walls in the kitchen showcase a cosy, inviting ambiance and can be customised in many ways by changing the finish and brick size.

Now, comes the question – how to clean your exposed brick backsplash? Well, you use a sealant to finish the look of your brick backsplash. This sealant gives you the look of either a matte or glossy finish and also makes it easier to clean the brick wall while keeping its beauty and natural texture intact. You can also try painted brick walls. It retains the texture of the brick wall while blending in with the color scheme of your room. 

Wall Tiles Design #4 Ceramic Tile Backsplash
A breezy kitchen with floral ceramic wall tiles

Prefer the tried and tested? Ceramic tile backsplashes have been used traditionally for a long time now and are commonly found in many homes, and with good reason. Ceramic tiles are durable, much cheaper than other options like glass and very easy to install. Above all, the ceramic tiles come in endless range of styles, colours and textures. So, whatever is your colour and texture palette, you will find a perfect match in ceramics. These are easy to clean and maintain too.  

Wall Tiles Design #5 Porcelain Backsplash
Porcelain subway tiles paired with lime green base units

Looking for a backsplash that’s sturdy and durable? Try porcelain. Porcelain tiles are much similar to their ceramic counterparts in their benefits. The only difference arises from the different clay and raw materials, firing temperatures and time frames used. Since porcelain uses slightly superior clay, it’s stronger and more expensive. Both are easy to install, clean and maintain.

Wall Tiles Design #6 Laminam Backsplash
Laminam makes an excellent choice for a contemporary kitchen

Want your kitchen to look unique? Go Italian! Breaking the traditional concept of backsplashes, or surfaces in general, Laminam is a contemporary Italian porcelain slab that comes in large sizes with minimum thickness. It is remarkably stable and has very high resistance to scratching, high temperature and abrasion, making it a popular choice when the budget is not a constraint. Laminam is also easy to clean, resistant to frost, mold and mildew.  

Pick a backsplash material based on your budget and the overall colour scheme of your kitchen. Use neutral colours for the cabinets and play with backsplash colours for a vibrant-looking kitchen.

Things to Know

Different backsplash wall tile designs are available across a variety of textures. For example, the robust design is available in all the backsplashes mentioned above. However, some materials involve a greater maintenance effort than the others, so keep that in mind when you make your choice.

Apart from the above discussed backsplashes, there are many other varieties like natural stones and engineered slabs available today.  

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