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Trending Tile Backsplash

Trending Tile Backsplash

As the perfect way to add texture, color, and personality to a kitchen layout, unique tile backsplashes are thriving within kitchen design trends. A backsplash protects the walls above the countertops and is traditionally between the countertops and the upper cabinets. Backsplashes can transform bare utilitarian walls to focal points of culinary creativity, and modern kitchens can feature backsplashes that extend as high as the ceiling depending on the kitchen design!

Since tile presents customizable beauty, durable performance, and easy cleanability, it is the most popular material for backsplashes. The design options and combinations are virtually endless! A great starting point during your design process is to explore some of the current trends in kitchen tile backsplashes:

Patterned Pop

What could be more engaging against the backdrop of neutral countertops and cabinets than a backsplash with an eye-catching pattern? Think herringbone, pinwheels, or basketweave installations, or maybe gorgeous ceramic tiles with a graphic print that repeats on each tile. Just remember to use designs and prints to contrast appropriately and provide balance without overwhelming the space.

Bring the Outdoors In

Adorn your kitchen with natural beauty by using tiles inspired by the outdoors. Look for uniquely shaped tiles such as fish scales or fan, leaf, or wave. Some tiles may have unique designs, textures, or patterns like swirls or waves that mimic nature. Even the color and layout of the tiles can evoke the great outdoors: look for soothing shades especially in the green or blue palette that remind us of our favorite nature scenes.

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Geometric Shapes

Have fun with unique or geometric tile shapes like hexagons, arabesques, cubes, pickets, or even diamonds and triangles. The layout of tiles horizontally or vertically can dramatically change the way the wall looks. In a modern kitchen design, geometric tile will lend visual interest while still adhering to the design principles of precision and proportion.

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Larger Luxury

The standard 3”x 6” subway tile is classic and will never go out of style, but larger format subway tiles, from 4”x 8” and up are growing in popularity. If you are creating a backsplash that extends to the ceiling, large tiles will add luxurious appeal! Used in the striking shower image below, large-format tiles will also work well in kitchens or bar areas to create a feeling of spaciousness:

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Accent Colors

If you need your backsplash to lend style while supporting the other standout kitchen design elements, look for more muted, neutral colors such as white, tan, or gray that are easy to design against. When using a backsplash to make a statement, choose vibrant colors while considering the other features in the room. No matter what color you choose, make sure all the kitchen elements such as counters, cabinets, flooring, and backsplash are working together in harmony.

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If you’re looking for a way to add a personalized touch to your kitchen, our tile experts can help you create a unique backsplash that reflects your personal style. Bring your inspiration photos to one of our showrooms and we'll help you find the perfect tile for your next project. Our showrooms are located at:


  • 3442 Millennium Court Columbus, OH 43219
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