Rise of the Colorful and Cultural Kitchen Backsplash
Written By: Elliot McGowan
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
One area we predict a surge in popularity is in the kitchen backsplash mdash; an often overlooked feature of modern kitchen design. Historically, backsplashes are an extra layer of tiling placed on walls behind worktops, sinks and stoves to protect them from food splashes and spillages. They have always been an integral part of the kitchen but not just for their practicality and hygiene mdash; they are also a fantastic way to inject colour and character into a kitchen. Tiles have a decorative prowess and with many different >
The Portuguese lsquo;Azulejorsquo; Backsplash
When talking about tiling and backsplashes, Portugalrsquo;s Azulejo tile is one of the first that springs to mind. Anybody who has visited Portugal may recognise the >
The last few centuries saw an explosion in Azulejo popularity. Today, it is common to see Azulejos adorning churches, palaces, schools, restaurants, bars and train stations, as well as regular homes. They are also used extensively in interior decoration. In the kitchen below the Azulejos inject a perfect degree of character into the kitchen. The pastel blue, beige and yellow colours are soft and modest, rather than overpowering. The mandalas are decorative but not excessive, they compliment surrounding neutral walls without creating a busy effect.nbsp;
Mexican lsquo;Talaverarsquo; Backsplash
The tiling techniques introduced to the Portuguese and Spanish by the Moors were then introduced to Central America when it was colonised by the Spanish and Portuguese over 500 years ago. This can most obviously be seen in Mexico, but again, the tilework here now boasts its own unique >
Thenbsp; Talavera tile is most recognisable tilework hailing from Mexico. These tend to showcase the timeless combination of blue and white, but they also come in more vibrant colours. The >
Blue tiles seen here became a common >
Dutch lsquo;Delft Bluersquo; Backsplash
Another extremely recognisable >
This design was first introduced around 1600 and flourished during the Dutch Golden Age that spanned the 17th century. By the end of the 17th century, Delftware had become a major industry, exporting tilework all over Europe.nbsp;
The designs found on a Dutch Delft Blue backsplash will not be to everybodys taste as they depict elements of Dutch culture like clogs, tulips and canal houses that may not be >
Turkish lsquo;Iznikrsquo; Backsplash
This Turkish backsplash is reminiscent of the more simple Portuguese Azulejos design. Each tile is identical and depicts the same intricate pattern, rather than the variety seen in Mexican Talavera tiles and Delft Blues.
Turkish tiles and ceramics are prominent in the history of Islamic art and their roots can be traced as far back as before 700AD. At first, they were monochromatic in design and commonly displayed stars and crosses. However, they later became associated with geometric patterns and a range of colours including greens and reds.
The tiles seen in this backsplash are a tame version of the popular Iznik ware, which hails from the Western Turkish town of Iznik. This particular >
Last up is this gorgeous colourful Moroccan backsplash. It takes inspiration from the Moroccan Zellige art form, which used mosaics to create geometric shapes, as Islam forbade the representation of living animal or human figures. Art, therefore, instead featured shapes such as diamonds, squares, triangles, stars and tessellated patterns.nbsp;
Traditionally, Zellige art was mosaic, typical of the tilework that decorates Granadarsquo;s Alhambra, but as mosaic can be a particularly excessive decoration in the kitchen, the backsplash featured here is made up of different square tiles. Masters of creating these patterns would go undergo lengthy training beginning in childhood and would need expert knowledge of mathematics and geometry. Later in the 17th century, this art form grew in its vibrancy and variation. Colours were used to represent different elements, with red symbolising fire, yellow air, and green water, for example.
This curveball option provides a refreshing alternative to the monochromatic and minimalistic tendencies of modern kitchen design. Though the colours are certainly more vibrant than those of other backsplashes, they are toned down and carefully balanced so as not to be overly intrusive. The reds, greens and yellows are controlled shades that add character without being too bold or overbearing. It brings a slice of culture to the kitchen and makes for a standout feature for guests.nbsp;
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