Out-of-the-box materials like antique mirror, glass and marble are also trending, putting a modern twist on antique materials. For most designs, Turpin and Andrews agree that ceramic tile is still a classic choice for its durability.
When it comes to the design of the backsplash, simple is better. Busy, multi-material mosaics are on the way out, Turpin says, while single-hued shapes like triangles, hexagons and other geometric patterns are moving in. For a bit of contrast in more simple shapes like squares and subway tile, Andrews suggests playing around with texture and size. “Instead of a flat 3-by-6 inch, it might be a textured 4-by-12-inch tile,” Andrews says. “It might be a crackle, or it might be beveled, just something that elevates it from plain subway tile to something more interesting.”