The renovated kitchen is barely recognizable as the same space. The more open floor plan is brightened further with a white and gray palette, stainless appliances, new tile backsplash and floating shelves.
Change up your backsplash. A new backsplash, especially one with a unique tile shape, gives the whole kitchen an instant makeover, such as in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winning space by Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors. Choose tiles that are on sale or discontinued to save some money, and ask the store to check other locations to make sure you can get as many as you need.
Geometric gray and white tile provide a modern backsplash above the professional grade stove in this bright, white kitchen. White counters and cabinets keep the space feeling fresh while a built-in stainless steel wine cooler is perfect for entertaining.
Designer Susan Fredman chose budget-friendly chalkboard paint to create an easily changeable backsplash in this family-friendly modern kitchen. The functional and stylish backsplash adds character to the gray and metallic space.
For the kitchen of a vacation house in Portland, Ore., designer Michelle Ruber of Encircle Design and Build wanted a stylish and low-maintenance material that would stand up to a high-traffic environment. She found her solution in an unlikely place: “The backsplash is the old pony wall in the basement that was removed during the remodel,” she says. “We had the wood planed and then applied it to the backsplash, which brought in a warm feel and history of the original structure. We used a durable marine-grade varnish to protect and properly seal the wood.”
The ultra-modern kitchen from HGTV Green Home 2011 is stunning in shades of gray and black. An island provides space for food preparation as well as eating. The unique smoke glass cabinets and stainless exhaust hood compliment the beautiful tile work.
Designer Karina Bryant of K_Souki Design Studio used complementary colors and textures in her cupboards, contrasting the shiny white upper cabinets with the darker wood-grained lower cabinets. You could get a similar effect by painting upper cabinets in a bright high gloss paint. Keeping the lower cabinets darker makes them easier to clean, especially with children in the house, Bryant points out. The Atlanta home was built by Imery Group.