When it comes to cooking up delicious family meals, it’s always appropriate to honor our favorite traditions and recipes in our inspired culinary spaces. These days nostalgia is at an all-time high, and our kitchens are the perfect room to capture some of that classic feel! If you have a timeless design vision in mind for your kitchen, the backsplash is a unique surface that allows you to enhance visual impact within the overall layout. Our Mill Direct Floor Coverings showroom has the products to help you create a backsplash that delivers charm from decades past in a modern setting. Here are 5 kitchen backsplash ideas for achieving retro flair.
Geometric Tile Backsplashes
The first option for a retro backsplash, and probably the one that immediately comes to mind, is geometric-shaped tile of any material. Whether you design with porcelain tile, ceramic tile, glass tile, or stone, a 60s-inspired hexagonal shape will certainly produce a retro vibe. You can match the material and finish to the rest of your modern kitchen for a seamless fit with a familiar touch.
Subway Tile Backsplash
A classic choice for a kitchen backsplash, subway tile provides a versatile backsplash that will help you achieve a retro feel. A white subway tile backsplash will lend subtle interest while a black subway tile with contrasting grout will pop when combined with white cabinetry for rustic farmhouse appeal. Stone subway tile such as a marble variety will feature luxurious veining for a fashion-forward backsplash.
Penny Tile Backsplash
We also love the groovy look that round penny tile creates with a contrasting grout color to make your retro backsplash pop. From black-and-white patterns to artistic installations full of color, a porcelain penny tile backsplash will also help keep your kitchen easy to clean after the occasional spatter. Choose the gloss or matte finish that suits your kitchen the best, and your backsplash will deliver nostalgia with a contemporary twist.
Patterned Tile Backsplash
From walls, floors, and of course kitchen backsplashes, decorative patterned tile offers a stylish way to capture a visual similar to a retro wallpaper. Designers use the dramatic effect that large-format patterned tiles present to help rooms avoid monotony and inspire creativity. Not only does patterned ceramic tile add an engaging feel, but it also provides a durable, low-maintenance backsplash that looks cleaner for longer!
Creative Backsplash Layouts
In addition to trademark shapes and eye-catching patterns, creative backsplash installations will deliver a premium vintage aura. Backsplash installations designed using chevron, herringbone, parquet, and other iconic layouts will bring a kitchen to life while recalling the work of skilled artisans. Nearly any material you can choose will look more vintage when you install them with a creative patterned layout.
You can use a retro kitchen backsplash to create a striking modern focal point that still recalls your favorite restaurant or café. Stop by the Mill Direct Floor Coverings showroom in Fairfax, VA, and our experts will help you explore the colors, textures, and materials that will complete your sentimental design statement.