Current Trends Glass and Stone Backsplashes

Posted on December 18, 2017

Backsplashes have long stood as sentinels over the kitchen, and kept stray specks of water and inadvertent flecks of grease from staining the walls. It’s a dirty job, but not without appeal. Today, glass mosaic and natural stone patterns provide a touch of dignity and a bit of distinction.

There was a time when the backsplash was simply a four-inch extension cut from the same material as the countertop. For a time, tile was sovereign—and is still a tried-and-true method of adding aesthetic appeal to the kitchen. Now, glass mosaics and natural stones, such as granite, marble, quartz, soapstone and travertine, reign in contemporary kitchens.

Like tile, glass introduces a pop of color. The irradiance of glass mosaic backsplashes, however, means that neutral colors aren’t confined to the background—one of reasons for the popularity of glass mosaic backsplashes.

Another reason is, like tile, glass is a snap to clean. Glass is nonporous, relatively stain-proof and highly hygienic and heat resistant.

Glass mosaic backsplashes are also considered environmentally friendly. Often glass mosaic backsplashes are sourced from recycled post-consumer glass and industrial float glass. Glass mosaic backsplashes are uniformly manufactured, which makes it easy to mirror the looks splashed across the glossy pages of magazines like Architectural Digest

By contrast, each piece of natural stone is unique. Slight color variations exist, and each swirling vein embedded within a particular stone is the product of eons of the Earth’s natural processes.   

Unlike tile or glass mosaic backsplashes, which are snaps to clean, natural stone backsplashes need a little more elbow grease. That said, cleaning a natural stone backsplash isn’t an impossible task. Warm, soapy water usually does the trick.

Surprisingly, the cost of a natural stone isn’t steep.

Natural stone can also be incorporated into multiple kitchen styles. In the United States, soapstone backsplashes have steadily increased in popularity since the 1800s, for that reason, its spectrum of grey tints suit an aggregate of styles, and it is as ideal for a historic renovation as it is for a modern makeover.

The creamy browns of travertine lend a sense of old-world charm to the kitchen. It is worth mentioning that the same material doesn’t have to span the entire length of the counter, often travertine is used to create a decorative center, or what’s known as a medallion.

Natural stone backsplashes have universal appeal, and for that reason are guaranteed to stand the test of time.