Back in the 80’s and 90’s backsplashes were not a key criterion in kitchen design. White subway style tiles, wooden panels from the 70’s and plain painted walls were common, giving a very dull and monotonous feel to the kitchen space.
In the last 10 to 15 years, this trend has been changing and homeowners and interior designers have realized that backsplashes actually have important functional purpose and at the same time they can add a splash of color to liven up the kitchen space.
Design trends are changing and Kitchen backsplashes have become as trendy and important as countertops and cabinets. As backsplashes are usually at eye level it is one of the 1st things one will notice when they walk into a kitchen.
Due to backsplashes versatility and variety of uses!
Besides its aesthetic looks and adding color to your space, backsplashes actually have a functional purpose to prevent the walls from grease, cooking oils and other contaminants from damaging your kitchen walls.
The two primary functions of a backsplash should be:1) Ease of cleaning and maintaining,
Hygiene and a clean cooking environment are paramount to any kitchen where food is being prepared for our loved ones.
In recent years there has been a surge in demand for backsplashes and manufacturers are innovating with new materials such as aluminium, stainless steel, peel and stick wallpaper and acrylic to replace the more common types of backsplashes such as tiles and glass.
IThese new materials offer faster and lower costs of installation, are more affordable, are easy to fabricate and cut, saving customers on expensive contractor bills.
With the market for backsplashes growing at an average of 5- 7% annually, economies of scale have helped manufacturers lower production costs and offer a wide variety of cost-effective solutions to home owners.
It is not a secret that tiled walls and glass backsplashes have been extremely popular over the past decades. But with the technology advancements and designers’ creativity, we are lucky to have more options apart from good old tiles and glass panels.