While most people instinctively gravitate towards a subway tile for transitional kitchen backsplashes, you might want to consider what a single slab marble backsplash could do for your space. It creates a rich, bold look that will also help visually simplify your space. If you’re not a fan of grout lines or visual clutter, this trend may be for you!
As opposed to tile, single slab backsplashes are durable and easy to maintain. This kitchen by Architect Elizabeth Roberts appears to match the countertop marble to the backsplash marble, creating a continuous, bold look.
In an open concept kitchen, a stone with large-scale veining gives tons of impact and looks great on full display.
If you’re looking for more of a cost-saving solution but still want the impact of a marble backsplash, use remnants from a countertop to achieve the look on a smaller scale. This kitchen prioritizes where it wants the marble to stand out, opting for shiplap to cover the remainder of the vertical space.
If you don’t use the same material for both your countertops and backsplash, have them coordinate by bringing colors from the veining into the solid piece. Here, it looks like the architect used Pietra Cardosa limestone on the countertops, making a nice visual reference to the darker colors in the backsplash.
Another high-impact look we love is book-matching two smaller pieces of granite to create a symmetrical marble design. Designer Lori Paranjape went even further to make this kitchen eye-catching by bringing the marble all the way up to the ceiling.
The minimalist approach of unbroken planes, combined with a timeless material like marble, makes the slab backsplash a growing trend in many new transitional kitchens. Tip: In order to keep the single plane of marble unbroken, run your strips of outlets under the upper cabinets or shelving.