The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, a place where meals are lovingly prepared, and memories are made. However, in the case of a small kitchen, creating an inviting and functional space can be challenging. A surefire way to infuse your mini culinary space with massive style is by updating the backsplash. Not only is it a practical means of protecting your walls from splatters and spills, but it also offers an opportunity to add a dash of personal style.

As we look at the emerging trends of the year for small kitchen backsplashes, keep in mind that the goal is to create a space that feels larger, brighter, and trendier. Here are some options and design trends to consider:

Subtle Sophistication with Subway Tiles

Kitchen tile stacked subway tile green tile for kitchen backsplash

The timeless appeal of subway tiles never seems to fade. This year, we’re seeing these classics being used in fresh ways. Think about playing around with different patterns like herringbone or vertical stacking for a modern twist. To make your small kitchen appear larger, opt for light-colored tiles that reflect more light.

Bold Patterns and Textures

Introducing bold patterns or textures can act as a focal point and add depth to your kitchen. All-white bathrooms are so 2023 and we are all craving some color to object this sterile environment in our homes. Moroccan tiles, zellige tile, terracotta, or geometric patterns in vibrant colors can inject life into a small space. To avoid overwhelming the kitchen, limit patterned tiles to one wall and keep the rest of the colors in the space neutral.

Luxe Looks with Stone Slabs

Elysium - Calacatta Fantasy 48 in. x 48 in. Porcelain Tile - Topo

Stone slabs like marble, quartz, or granite are becoming increasingly popular as backsplash options. They offer a high-end look and create the illusion of space continuity, which can make your small kitchen feel more expansive. Choose a slab with subtle veining to add visual interest without overpowering the room. For budget conscious remodels consider using large format porcelain tiles with marble look. In addition, they are hypoallergenic and free of toxic substances.

Glass and Gloss

Using glass tiles or large panels can light up a cramped kitchen space. Their reflective surface bounces light around the room, making it feel brighter and more open. Trends this year include tinted glass in calming hues like seafoam green or light blues, which can create a serene backdrop.

Sustainable and Artisan Materials

Artisan tile Country Floors Antiqued Mallorca Ceramic Tile

For those looking to make an eco-friendly statement, backsplash materials such as recycled glass or handcrafted tiles can be incredibly impactful. Not only are they unique, but they also add a narrative to your kitchen’s design. Textured ceramics with handmade charm are gaining traction, offering both sustainability and style.

Nature Connection

Large Format Tile 24x48 with Palm Leaves pattern

With biophilic design style prevailing in the home design space, tile with natural elements, whether the colors (green, blue, beige), patterns (leaves, flowers), or patterns (waves, organic lines) create a world of possibilities for your kitchen backsplash design no matter how small the space is. Consider incorporating some of these ideas to bring more outdoors into your home.

Floating Shelves and Backsplash Combos

Maximizing storage in a small kitchen is a must, and floating shelves can be a trendy and functional solution. Pair them with your new backsplash to keep essential items handy while displaying decorative pieces that complement your kitchen’s aesthetic. Running the backsplash all the way to the ceiling behind the floating shelves has been one of the favorite ideas among designers for some time.


Kitchen Backsplash Tesoro Tile

Color-blocking isn’t just for fashion; it’s making its way into kitchen design too. Pick a bold, monochromatic tile color for your backsplash and complement it with contrasting accessories or cabinetry. This can create a visually striking element in a tight space.

Smart Grout Choices

Lastly, the grout color you choose can also impact the look of your backsplash. White grout can give a clean, seamless look, while darker grout can make the tiles pop and hide kitchen splashes better. Explore some color variations, contrast depending on the tile you chose. Zellige tile, for example, does not require grout for a more authentic look. Some large format tiles and slabs will look much better without grout as well.

Mapei Grout for Tile

In conclusion, updating the backsplash in a small kitchen is a powerful way to freshen up the space without a full renovation. Whether you’re drawn to the classic look of subway tiles or the eco-friendly appeal of artisan materials, the key is to choose a design that reflects your personal style and the functionality of your space. Remember, the right backsplash can transform your small kitchen from cramped to chic, making it a place where you’ll love to cook and spend time.

Don’t hesitate to stop by one of our design showrooms today and explore your options. Our knowledgeable flooring and tile staff is here to help you with your next renovation!