In the last 35 years, what have you seen change in backsplash design?
As backsplashes have evolved over the years, they've went from functional parts of the kitchen to a dimension of a kitchen that allows for creative design. The photo above shows a current backsplash with an artistic element.
Lori Carroll, Interior Designer: I believe backsplashes are a more thought out design element than in years past. Kitchens and bathrooms are definitely defined by the materials now. Back in the 1970's when I started, backsplashes were mainly for practicality. Options like copper, latex paint or even faux "Z-bricks" were the standard. With a diverse selection of natural products available today, designers can be more creative in their kitchen and bathroom designs.
Verdict: Once an afterthought, backsplashes are now a primary design element in many kitchens. In other words, when redesigning your kitchen in the 21st Century, don't neglect the backsplash.