Your backsplash may technically be functional and keep food and oils off the walls behind the stove, but let’s be honest: in a kitchen renovation, the backsplash is a style leader. It can be a cost driver, as well. But Mary Elizabeth Hulsey founder of Mission Stone & Tile in Nashville, Tenn., says it doesn’t have to be. She says rather than turning the corners with your backsplash and carrying it all along the kitchen wall, just finish the tile where the walls meet. “That ensures you have the tile where it’s most visually and functionally important,” she says. Then you can budget for some really mind-blowing tile in the area behind the sink or stove, and go budget in the other areas around it.
This neutral powder room features floor-to-ceiling wood paneling and stone mosaic tile. A bold marble countertop adds flair to the distressed vanity, while lantern-style metal lighting gives the room an Asian-inspired touch.
In this kitchen, the mix of materials was created not by a tile manufacturer, but by the designer. Brigitte Fabri, CMKBD, of Drury Designs, wanted to create a "castle wall" effect in this kitchen, without detracting from the room's focal point — the copper hood. For most of the backsplash, she chose a large scale 12x24 'Crema Marfil' limestone because the larger the tile, the fewer distracting grout lines. Behind the range, a honed glass tile called 'Malaga Cove Wings' by Stone & Pewter was used.
Custom laser-cut aluminum screens, hand-carved Spanish cedar doors, custom stone mosaics and special finishes are woven throughout the kitchen. Sleek, modern faucets on double sinks provide a streamlined look set off against espresso-colored cabinetry.
You can get a high-end look with impact details small and large: try adding bun feet to free-standing cabinetry to give it a furniture-feel, or add some beadboard paneling to spruce up an island. Or you can get really creative with a focal point that is less expensive than mosaic tile but packs a big punch, like stacked stone on the back of your kitchen island, like this one from Bill and Jayne Wolf of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Grand Rapids, Mich.
This modern eat-in kitchen features a mosaic tile backsplash wall, modern stainless steel and glass hood, thick stone countertop with gray and white striations, and modern pendant lights over an eating area.
Creating a symmetrical plan, the designer oriented the shower and the tub to face the windows and a view of the trees. Porcelain floors and wall tiles with a subtle stone appearance, green/brown mosaic glass feature tiles, teak wood veneer and metal details enhance the natural, organic look of this contemporary beauty.
A blend of stone and glass mosaic tile in gray and white create a simple, sleek powder room. A large white sink rests on chrome legs next to the white toilet, which has hands-free flushing and heated seat capabilities.
A stunning, repurposed antique vanity with a new marble top and backsplash wows in this sophisticated powder room. The mirror is a reproduction while the crystal sconces are vintage. A stone mosaic floor and subtle damask wallpaper conveys the classic, antique impression throughout the room.
This contemporary single-vanity bathroom features a black mosaic tile wall, a stone tile floor, and a glass walk-in shower with white hexagonal tile wall. The space also includes a white contemporary vanity.
This exquisite Mediterranean kitchen boasts gorgeous, neutral stone throughout, from the mosaic tiled floor to granite countertops to stunning, stone tiled walls. A floral tiled backsplash shelf adds a burst of color to the neutral tones and makes for a convenient spot to hold often used cooking items.
Moroccan details inspired the custom laser-cut aluminum screens, hand-carved Spanish cedar doors, custom stone mosaics and special finishes, which are woven through the interior of this Murray Hill townhouse in New York City. These details capture the essence of the Moroccan influence while still maintaining the modern visual and spatial language.
This stylish kitchen features cherry wood cabinets paired with a gray mosaic tile backsplash and white stone countertops. A crystal chandelier hangs above the kitchen island, lending the room a glamorous touch, and brown leather stools provide a place for casual dining.