The Backsplash Trend That Couldn’t Be Easier for DIYers

published May 8, 2018
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There will always be a special place in our hearts for traditional tile installations in the kitchen, but sometimes you want a more unexpected look. Enter: the unfinished backsplash, which gets installed without the usual trim along the top.

Compared to standard backsplashes (like the one above), it’s a little less “perfect” and more out of the ordinary, thanks to a purposeful jagged edge. To put it simply, the look has a certain imperfect charm that we’re just loving these days.

There are two major ways we’ve been seeing this unfinished trend take shape. Keep reading to see what they are.

1. Unfinished Hexagon Tile

Look carefully at the wall on the left in this photo from studio 125‘s kitchenette. This mostly white (and rectangular!) kitchen gets an element of fun with poppy, green hex tiles.

These marble hex tiles — spotted at The Design Sheppard — provide a similar contrast as the example above. This time, though, it’s reversed with a darker wall and light tiles.

2. An Unfinished Herringbone Pattern

Mandarin Stone used their Carrara polished marble tiles to create this jagged edge, which introduce an element of movement into the kitchen. The veining in the marble adds to that movement as well.

Jade from Number Five Interiors sets off her marble countertop with a white herringbone backsplash with an unfinished edge. This choice adds just a little extra something without distracting from the rest of the space.

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: Our Latest Obsession: The Unfinished Backsplash

What do you think of this trend? Do you like it or do you think it looks too unfinished?