This day and time – anything goes with your kitchen backsplash… from D.I.Y. unique finds to professional works of art – it’s a place to express your style!
While there are current trends emerging everyday (you will see some in this post) we all seem to have our favorite backsplash material of choice.
Here’s a little “background on backsplashes” … (A backsplash is the wall space between the bottom of a wall cabinet and/or appliance and the base cabinet and/or appliance. This area needs to be constructed using materials that are easy to clean up from messes or “splashes” that occur during cooking.)
To even shed more light on the subject we sat down with our corporate designer Karen Sayler to get her expert opinion.
What were the biggest backsplash trends for this year?“Backsplashes became more prominent –features with a lot more emphasis on physical and visual texture.”
Has anything surprised you about these trends?“Not with backsplashes becoming more prominent, but the variety of materials being used for this purpose is rapidly expanding, and that is a good surprise.”
Environmental friendly products is this a hot topic for backsplash materials?“There is an attempt at eco-friendly products for backsplashes, but I don’t think we have really seen a product that truly encompasses the complete life cycle of the product yet…or at least not on a mainstream level.”
When designing a set for a trade show do you have different requirements or procedures for the backsplash then when you specify when working with a homeowner? “Absolutely. The walls break apart, move, and are transported on semi-trucks half way across the country. That makes it harder to do more complex designs or to use glass tile. In terms of glass tile, if there isn’t a back coating on the tile you will see the wall color through it due to how we install the tile versus using a traditional mortar bed and buttering the back of the tile.”
What do you see trending for 2015?“More diverse materials for backsplashes such as wood, leather, painted glass, translucent materials with led back lighting. Also there has been a spike in utilizing the striking beauty of natural materials grain patterns (such as a linear grained marble) to create gorgeous “art” work in the space.”
Personal question – what’s the craziest material you have ever created a backsplash out of or what is the one trend that you loved? And would still spec. today if you could:0)“Craziest material would have to be some old rough-hewn lumber that I then faux painted with multiple layers and colors. One trend that I have loved that is a timeless classic is subway tile. It never goes out of style, and I would spec it today knowing it would be relevant tomorrow.”
Matty Adler at Schell Brothers in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; won 2nd Place in the Large Kitchen category of our 2013 Design Contest.
While the client doesn’t really cook she wanted a grand kitchen that could handle entertaining.
The large space was so large we wanted to create smaller, intimate spaces within the kitchen. This was achieved by creating various zones:
• Zone 1 is the main cook area. This houses the range, refrigerators (2 30” fridges paneled and placed side by side)
• Zone 2 is the prep area between the two kitchen islands. Equipped with an additional sink and dishwasher, this space is located in close proximity to the main cooking area.
• Zone 3 is the bar/entertaining area. This space is equipped with under counter appliances, glass cabinets for glassware and is located outside of the main kitchen area as to not interfere with anyone preparing food.
• Zone 4 is display and counterspace. This area has glass fronted base cabinets facing the dining area to double as display cabinetry. In between is spacing for the grand-kids to eat while watching TV in the great room. Stacked above the wall cabinets are glass fronted cabinets that are lit at night to cast a warm glow over the kitchen and provide added display space for the owner’s collectables.
The kitchen was done in both Glacier Pewter and Espresso. The Espresso was done at each end of the kitchen on the bar area and the 60” of paneled refrigeration. This broke up the long expanse of white cabinetry and tied in with the espresso finish on one of the islands. The White Diamond Granite helped to pull the color palette together for a cohesive design in this very large space.
Design Contests are a wonderful way to share your Wellborn Cabinet projects, gain brand exposure and win some money. $$$
This 1990’s home, while spacious and open, felt like it didn’t have enough storage or countertop
space. It also felt dated with the white tile countertops and the builder grade thermofoil doors
were starting to fall off their hinges! These clients were ready for a modern update and we were
up for the job!
Tile countertops were impossible to keep clean space was used inefficiently – they needed more storage.
Cabinets didn’t go to the ceiling, so the tops were just dust catchers.
They like the classic white-painted look, but didn’t want the boring look they had now.
The island was pretty much unusable with the cook top placed in the center of it and the ventilation didn’t work well.
The walkway between the refrigerator and the island was too tight and made the refrigerator difficult to use.
Wanted the microwave off the countertop.
They were tired of the red paint!
Love the look of marble, but don’t like the maintenance.
Moved the cooktop to the far wall to get it off of the island and give it better ventilation and a beautiful focal point at the same time.
Removed the built-in pantry with bi-fold doors and replaced it with a floor to ceiling cabinet with pullouts.
Relocated the refrigerator to the pantry wall.
Installed the microwave at a comfortable shoulder height and added pullout pantry storage above and below it.
Prairie Maple Cabinetry finish Divinity is installed stacked to the ceiling.
Lit glass cabinetry provides great ambient light and a beautiful focal wall.
Under cabinet lights and new pendant lights brighten up the area and add great accents and interest to the space.
A functional island the contrasting Prairie Maple Sienna offset the monochromatic white kitchen.
The island houses the oven just offset from the cook top.
Seating for 2 at the end of the island provides a place for the family to sit and talk while they are working.
Matching end panels and arch valances provide simple yet elegant details to the space.
Staining the oak floors to a medium sable tone gave warmth to the space overall.
Brazilian Arabescato Quartzite countertops provide the look of a Carrera marble but has the hardness of granite and won’t stain like marble will. It was the perfect solution for what she was looking for.
A soft, warm grey paint on the walls contrasted beautifully with the white cabinetry and complimented the quartzite.
The finished kitchen, while in a similar footprint, changed the way this couple lives in their space
and gives them the updated elegant look and feel they wanted for their new kitchen!
a wonderful job by Crystal Kennedy of Pacific Northwest Cabinetry.
The Houzz Kitchen of the Week is from Coast Design Kitchen & Bath in Mobile Alabama, a timeless traditional kitchen that flows elegantly with the interior design of the entire home.
The cabinetry is from our Estate Collection – Cabinetry Name is Rose Hall Maple Beaded Inset with our Creme Mocha finish.
Personalized design details – from wall cabinet mouldings to legs – top to bottom this kitchen packs punch.
Lit wall stack cabinets create a wonderful warm glow that fills the whole room.
Flutes, legs and an open bookcase create an inviting island for cooks, diners and observers.
A mantel hood can be beautiful and work hard – – – from the moulding detail, arch valance, to the side columns that contain storage area for spices and other cooking necessities – – – in love with it all!
Every attendee that came into our booth at KBIS went straight for the big, bright doors on our baking set – it’s like our designer Karen Salyer could read minds at this years KBIS show. People wanted to see something different but they also wanted something that felt authentic, nostalgic……. a relatable design….. or maybe they just wanted to feel excitement about something they already loved… baking…..
I personally love good design and with good design in a kitchen – a cook can do wonders – your steps become almost that of a perfectly choreographed dance and you are the star – with your extras (interior accessories planned perfectly) stealing the spotlight only for a few seconds here or there…. but in the Wellborn booth this year – Antigua was the star.
An eye-catching exterior that beckons you to the beach or our booth – the Antigua door style is a lovely faux louver style door but with Antigua there’s no faux style – it’s all real!
Illuminated Design: Motion Sensor LED Lighting makes it easy to find all your ingredients without searching in the dark.
Organization cuts down on Frustration: A well planned space is a joy to prep, cook, eat and clean in.
Space Optimization is the Name of the Game: Every inch thought about – Every inch planned to perfection.
The Little Drawer That Could: A single drawer can do multiple tasks – from storage to prep work (cutting board) you don’t skimp on ingredients so don’t skimp on your space.
The Antigua Baking Center made through our You Draw It Program just for KBIS – just for you!
What’s your favorite shade? Gray is a versatile hue that can be used on walls, floors, furniture and cabinetry in every room of your home. It doesn’t discriminate with decor either; gray can flow with modern, traditional, transitional or eclectic designs. Just a few images below to get your creative juices flowing on Gray and where it could work for you!
For Your Kitchen Cabinets………
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Stylish design ideas can create a style all your own and a space you can live in.
Banquette Seating from Wellborn is a great way to utilize space for diners, blend different types of seating in one area, offer storage options below the seating and create a consistent design theme throughout your space.
Wellborn Wainscoting weaves a design theme through a space gently without being too much or too little….. just enough……
So it’s time to create your style and a space you’ll live in and love for years to come!
This beautiful 1930’s Tudor home had charm throughout but the kitchen just wasn’t functional for them. The kitchen had been remodeled in the 50’s and updated in the 80’s and didn’t provide the storage, countertop space or flow they wanted. But with this age and style of home they wanted something that fit the home well and looked like it had always been there. We got to work!
Kitchen was tight cramped.
They couldn’t fit a full size fridge in and didn’t have any countertop space around the range.
Not enough storage.
Lighting was poor throughout.
The eat in nook while full of character – was too small for their family of 4 and closed off the space. They still wanted an eating area in the kitchen.
They loved the leaded glass doors and wanted to find a way to incorporate that into their new kitchen
Wanted pantry space.
It was important to keep with the character of the home during the remodel.
The kitchen houses 3 doorways, all of which felt very tight and cramped especially since it is a major thoroughfare.
A place for a built-in microwave off of the countertop and for wine.
Opened up the eat in nook to the rest of the kitchen making both spaces feel larger and bringing more light into the kitchen.
Modified the depth of the built-in in the hallway to allow for the range wall to recess, effectively expanding the kitchen.
Expanded the openings into the dining room and the hall and repeated the arches seen in the rest of their home.
Hanover Cherry Light cabinetry provided a rich warm wood that compliments the style of the home well. Simple Shaker details and crown were used to complement existing woodwork in the home.
A narrow, furniture island provides a great work space and extra storage while not looking too bulky
Removed the soffits to bring the cabinetry to the ceiling providing more storage in the space
Leaded glass door cabinets on either side of the window retain the character of the old kitchen
Added a shallow pantry with open display area for extra storage that doesn’t look heavy.
An angled pantry between the kitchen and nook provides extra storage without infringing on the dining space.
Efficient storage space was important in this kitchen – we added blind corner pullouts, spice racks on the doors, pullouts, a wine rack, garbage pullout and even a compost bin on the back of the sink cabinet door. Tray dividers above the refrigerator organized their trays, platters and casserole dishes.
Under cabinet lights and recessed can lights throughout illuminate the entire area.
Messouri Black granite countertops and hand-made subway tile finish off the classic look in their kitchen.
When the project was finished the clients were thrilled with the feel and function of this new kitchen in their old home!
Problem: A kitchen that didn’t function well for entertaining. If you sat at the island, guest could
not maneuver behind you. The breakfast nook was small and could only house two and it also
blocked the view of the water. Client had a challenge with refrigerator location, when you
opened the door, she would hit the kitchen chair. Solution: We removed the breakfast nook and squared of the back of the house, we removed the
exterior wall opposite the bar area and extended the kitchen 4 feet into the covered lanai.
Problem: One entrance two and from kitchen thus preventing a flow for entertaining; and also preventing lighting from entering the kitchen. Solution: We created an opening between the kitchen and dining area, to allow for cross lighting,
and it allowed for a better flow for entertaining When we went into the covered lanai we also
gained two feet to widen the current entrance from 26 inches to 40. This helped immensely.
Problem: Client was downsizing from a 6,000 house into a 2600 sq ft zero lot line home on the
water way. She was so concerned with the lack of cabinetry storage.
Solution: The exterior wall that we bumped out allowed us to have a larger walk way for a bar as
well as it created an extra 18 inches. We designed a cabinet that was reduced depth that would
house her cook books, designer glass wear and serving platters for entertaining.
Problem: Client wanted china hutch but the view of the waterway was so spectacular and were I
placed the kitchen sink caused a problem with her viewing a wall or cabinets. Solution: I designed a wall that allowed for access to the water view and storage. I ordered
peninsula cabinets void the glass doors on the back. Installed plexi glass on the back and placed
the cabinets over a frameless window. Now, the client has storage and a view.