Patterned tile backsplashes have always been around and there are many different types. But until the last few years, except for revivals, vividly patterned tile was not in favor. Pattern was pretty much confined to the floor. Lately, we’ve seen pattern creep into the featured space between the counter top and the upper cabinets. For me, this is a refreshing turn. I first noticed backsplash pattern in the Scandinavian Damask Tile Kitchen back in 2010. Then came the Belgian design wave, which sparked Moroccan tile backsplashes.
Allison also featured hand-painted tiles in January 2011 and showed this same patterned backsplash kitchen done by influential Houston designer Shannon Bowers. The photos also appeared in House Beautiful. Sometimes, all it takes is a picture or two. HB gave the tile source as French 19th century from an architectural antiques shop in Houston. Either the designer didn’t want to give up her source or the magazine misunderstood or got the information garbled. This concrete tile pattern is Montpellier, available from Original Mission Tile. A collection of 1940s green French faïence (which are under-appreciated ceramics) is displayed on the shelf above it.
I always have been a huge fan of black and white kitchens. The addition of brass accents puts this one over. I especially love the intricate mosaic backsplash that is Walker Zanger’s Sonja La Fleur pattern stone mosaic tile, made in Tunisia. Patterned tile doesn’t get more beautiful than on a ‘splash like this one, at least I don’t think so.
For fans of blue-and-white, here’s patterned cement tile to suit. The most iconic example of intense blue-and-white pattern in the last century is no doubt in Claude Monet’s Giverny Kitchen, which we first featured in 2008, following an exhibition of Monet’s paintings in New York. However, patterned cement tiles are made in Morocco, Cuba, Mexico, the U.S. and India. Villa Lagoon tile’s website has a video that explains the manufacturing process. A look similar to this kitchen is not difficult to recreate.
In this cool loft space, the geometric pattern tile is used behind the kitchen cabinet and then continued down onto the floor – like white paper backgrounds photographers use. I love this treatment! These are Original Mission Tiles’s Liverpool design — not for the timid.
(Sources: House Beautiful, pinkwallpaper, Pinterest)
Can’t get enough? Check out our posts: Hand-Painted Tiles, Anglo-Indian Country Style, Cement Tile Kitchen, Elaborate Tiled Kitchen Ceiling, and Michael S. Smith Kitchens and Baths.
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