It seems that these days the choices for a backsplash are endless. Backsplashes can always be neutral in nature (think: subtle subway tile), but they can also be a great place to showcase whimsy and personality. Some ways to accomplish this? Geometric tiles in bold colors, mosaics with ornate patterns (as seen in the interior above), and striking natural stone. Each of these can further customize an interior and show off personal design tastes and aesthetics. Colors for the rest of the design, such as custom cabinetry, can be pulled from the backsplash hues — such as in this photo where the peaceful blue of the lower cabinets is repeated in the quiet blue flowers of the patterned mosaic. Feel free to keep cabinetry and other elements neutral in the design as well, so as to let the fabulous backsplash take center stage.
Although there are the obvious expected backsplash options like tile and stone, why not have a little fun, take a little risk, and implement a chalkboard backsplash into your kitchen design? Chalkboards are a creative, useful, and inexpensive option for those who want to invoke lots of personality in their space with little commitment. Use your chalkboard backsplash to write grocery lists, inspirational quotes, or add seasonal decor that you don’t have to put away — just erase! In the photo above, a drink/snack buffet in the dining room is the perfect spot for a chalkboard backsplash. This space can be used to display party information, menus, recipes, and crafting tutorials for get-togethers.
Brought to the consumer straight from Italy, Valmori Gramica Design creates incredible tiles that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves great design — and this beautiful array is their new Cementine line. Featuring twenty-five patterns of floral and graphic designs, these can be mixed and matched to create practically any aesthetic, whether that be retro, contemporary, or classic. The colors of the tiles are neutral and ambient in order to harmonize with other aspects that go into finish selection and decoration of a space. These tiles can be used on both walls and floors, and they are ideal for private residences, as well as medium-traffic bars, cafes, restaurants, and offices.
Usually spaces with traditional Parisian moldings are painted a crisp white, but what about inky black? This office designed by Festen boasts incredibly grand windows that keep the room from feeling closed-in, while granting gorgeous light to the magically ornate fifth wall. A lighter wood floor in a geometric pattern is interesting, but does not compete with the rest of the interior — something we love about geometrics as a whole! We also love that the furniture and accessories are all mostly dark in this space, creating a masculine vibe that still reads intensely elegant and chic.
Acrovyn Wall Panels are designed by Construction Specialties and won a NeoCon award last year in the category of Architectural and Building Products. Touted as custom, easy-to-install, and perfect for high-traffic commercial and hospitality spaces, these panels do not disappoint in the aesthetic department, either. Both decorative and protective, these panels have interestingly been used in a number of healthcare settings as headwalls, which we think is brilliant! The versatile product can also create wall coverings, doors, flooring, and expansion joint solutions.
While choosing accent tile that is seemingly random and poppy is definitely a different and more risky design option than the path most often taken, if executed the right way, the result is fun and quirky. This idea works best in small spaces, so take the opportunity to use this application in a powder bathroom, small entryway, or other tiny space in order to really show off your personality. Use a neutral paint if the tile is a more vibrant variety, and use colors that lend themselves well to each other naturally. Black is a safe bet because it typically grounds spaces beautifully.
Let’s be honest, is there anything more luxurious than a kitchen ladder? We don’t think so! These ladders can be any style, lending themselves to all types of kitchen design aesthetics — French, shabby chic, ultra-modern, traditional… Have fun with all of the finish and material options — especially if designing a custom ladder. Brass, rustic white-washed wood, oil-rubbed bronze, a rich chocolate brown stain — these are just some of the beautiful designs we’ve seen in homes and magazines. From a function standpoint, if you have tall ceilings, this is an amazing storage option. Whether it be heirloom china, holiday serving pieces, or seasonal decor, if you’re not reaching for it daily, accessing it with a ladder is a great option.