The simple update that's popping up everywhere makes a sophisticated statement.
Fact: No one has ever been excited about a backsplash.* The standard kitchen variety is about 4 inches tall and made of whatever material your counters are decked out in. It's...fine. It's functional, it looks nice, it protects the most at-risk section of your walls from errant food splatters. But the times they are a-changin' for that no man's land between the counter and the cabinets thanks to a subtle, yet statement-making tile trend. Above: The sunken kitchen of a Tribeca home by Jenny Vorhoff. Photography by Yunhee Kim.
Lately we've been seeing a slew of kitchens—on Lonny and in the wild—taking their tiles all the way up the wall. Most commonly executed with a classic white subway style or a 4-by-4" square, the look recalls all sorts of hip inspirations, from French brasseries to actual subway stations. It's the perfect way to make an unexpected, bold move in the kitchen (a notoriously costly room when it comes to design risks) that still reads sophisticated and simple. If you're feeling daring, go for a dark grout, as in the cook space below. Or, if you have the cojones (seriously, bless you), go all Department of Mysterious with an all-black iteration. Above: Kyong Millar's Salt Lake City Tudor Kitchen (left) and the Ohio cook space of @House214Design. Brooke Davis; @house214design.
*This does not include moms who were super keyed up about those decorative gourds, ivy patterns, and wheat sheafs that backed your stove in the 90s. Above: Molly Schoneveld's L.A. kitchen "after." Photography by Jessica Sample / Lonny.
Article by Mackenzie Schmidt