Design ideas for tile backsplash and accent walls are almost limitless. Through a combination of material choices, patterns and color options, you can design anything from a classic, elegant backsplash to a bold, eye-catching work of art!
Tile Material Choices
You have several types of tile to consider when designing your backsplash. In the past, a simple backsplash was a 4-inch vertical rise made of the same material as the countertop. Today there are many more options to consider.
- Ceramic tile is the most affordable option for your new backsplash. But affordable does not mean boring! Ceramic tiles come in a large array of colors, styles and textures. They are easy to clean and maintain and a great choice for kitchens and baths. Ceramic tiles can be installed in a variety of patterns and will add dimension and style to your space.
- Subway tiles are popular for their clean, fresh look. They can be installed vertically, horizontally or in a herringbone style. Subway tiles are offered in a wide range of colors, finishes and size options. Material options include the classic ceramic tile along with high quality materials such as marble, travertine and glass.
- Stone applications bring a combination of texture and dimension and add an elegant look to kitchens and baths or accent walls and niches. They are available in several materials including marble, slate, travertine, quartzite and stacked stone. From rustic to contemporary, stone backsplash selections add a unique character to your space.
- Glass mosaics are available in bold, colorful options to brighten your space. Their luminous style dazzles in the right lighting, creating an eye-popping centerpiece to your kitchen, bath or accent wall. They have a smooth, non-porous surface which makes them one of the easiest backsplash choices to clean and maintain.
Once you have selected your material, another consideration is how you would like to install it. When selecting glass mosaics, your pattern is already laid out for you. The glass tiles are mounted on sheets in stunning and stylish designs allowing you to choose your color, pattern and style all at once. Stacked stone is also installed based on the color pattern you select.
For ceramic subway tiles, there are patterns for you to consider. Subway tiles come in different sizes and can be installed vertically, horizontally or in a herringbone pattern. Ceramic tiles come in countless shapes and sizes and can be installed in a variety of patterns.
Tile Backsplash Patterns