Redesigning your kitchen? Most people think of a classic kitchen redesign involving a fresh coat of paint on the wall, a new set of dining furniture, maybe a new oven or dishwasher. Most people don’t think of redoing the counter backsplash, but this might be just the change you need to give your kitchen a good-as-new, revived type of look. We've installed endlessbackslashes for kitchens and bathrooms with various types of tiles, achieving many of these designs you'll see below. When remodeling your kitchen use this short guide as inspiration to find the perfect tile backsplash design that best suits you and your home!
Laser Cut Tile Designs
If you can spring for it, intricate laser cut tiles will create a much more elegant and put-together vibe in the kitchen. These are, of course, more expensive not just for their design but also the difficulty of their installation. But when you make this investment, you also don’t have to worry about all your neighbors following the same generic thematic design, since laser cut tile designs tend to be unique and hard to recreate. Beautiful damask shapes can lend an air of sophistication to the food prep space, but if you’re just looking for something that is generally more exciting than plain rectangles, you of course don’t have to opt for the more opulent designs.
Reflective tiles are making a statement in the kitchennow more than ever! The beauty of mirror tiles is that they can be all of uniform shape and size or arranged in a more mosaic style. They also don’t have to be directly of mirror glass, which reflect images the same way any mirror in your home does; in fact, mirror-style or mirror-inspired tiles simply reflect a lot of light, creating interesting rainbow patterns that will bounce around the kitchen and look slightly different at each part of the day depending on the angle of the sun.
If you have a sleek, modern kitchen with lots of shiny surfaces, mirror tile backsplash might be the perfect addition to the kitchen and will stand out beautifully against more muted cabinetry and furniture.
Hexagons are making waves in the design world as a trendy option for bathroom tiles, kitchen backsplashes, flooring, and more! Available in a range of sizes, finishes, colors, and other variable options that you can personalize, hexagons will uphold a satisfying geometric pattern without looking bulky or out of place.
Small, pixelated, mosaic-style hexagons as well as evenly-spaced, large hexagons are both beautiful options for a new kitchen backsplash.
Another geometric alternative to classic parallel backsplashing includes diagonal tiles. Square tiles rotated onto the point will look just different enough to wow your visitors without disturbing the overall aesthetic. Again, the same tile arrangement can have two completely different vibes depending on the colors used as well as the materials and finish of the tile.
For example, the image below has a color scheme including a contrasting darker color, but imagine how it would look if sizes of the diagonal squares were altered as well!
Prints and Colors
Many people don’t realize that tiles come in print! Lots of people like to play with marble swirls or glossy, single-color tiles, but printed tiles can add a lot of life to an otherwise bland counter space.
Printed tiles make great accent pieces in particular, but if you really love an exciting, busy backsplash, feel free to use as many different kinds of prints as you want. You can fit different designs together over the course of many different tiles, you can use a repeating image, you can create a single overall picture - whatever you feel works best for your kitchen.
Classic Subway Tile
Now, we may have spent this entire article presenting alternatives to the classic subway tile backsplash, but it’s truly such a timeless design that no backsplash design guide is complete without giving the good old subway tile at least an honorable mention. The iconic subway tile is three inches tall by five inches wide, but has been proportionally recreated on different scales for more variation. These bold-faced tiles are smooth and sleek and work well with contrasting grout (or even grout of the same color to allow it to blend in). Ceramic or porcelain tiles give a clean, glossy surface that designers keep turning back to after all these years!
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