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Looking to update the look of your kitchen — quickly and affordably? Consider kitchen backsplash tile ideas for an instant kitchen makeover. The right kitchen backsplash will easily become a focal point of your cooking space — and a possible conversation starter among friends.

Interestingly, a kitchen backsplash is installed to protect the kitchen walls from splatters and stains of oil, water, and food. But it also serves as a beautiful decor focal point — making your kitchen stand out and how!

Choosing a kitchen backsplash tile pattern allows you to have fun with different styles, pops of colors, and unique backsplash materials. Especially as it covers a much smaller area than say your kitchen wall tile or floor tile. You could always opt for a backsplash that spans an entire wall or just have a pop of color behind the cooking range. 

So, which tile is best for a kitchen backsplash? Well, ceramic or porcelain tiles are a popular backsplash option as they stand up well against water. However, you can always experiment with various tile materials such as natural stone, glass, metal, slate, granite, and even stainless steel. 

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Depending on the material and the quality you choose, the installation cost will vary too. On average, the cost for kitchen backsplash installation is approximately $400 to $600 for a 16 square foot backsplash, excluding labor costs. 

Today, any unique pattern on any material is in style for a kitchen backsplash as long as you install it well and keep it maintained. If you’re looking for easy to clean tiles, opt for porcelain, ceramic, metal, and glass tiles. All of these are stain-resistant, naturally nonporous, and don’t even require any special cleansers.

So, you can choose any backsplash style for your cooking space. From a herringbone pattern to penny tiles or a minimalist touch to a chic vintage vibe, take your pick from the many designs and styles available. To inspire you some more, we have a collection of 11 lovely kitchen backsplash tile ideas for the perfect kitchen makeover.

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1. Boldness of mosaic tiles

Want to add bold colors to your otherwise simple kitchen? Design a visually appealing backsplash with bright mosaic tiles. This teal and blue tile pattern will be the perfect focal point. The eye-catching backsplash seems to complement the rest of the kitchen decor that’s purposely kept minimalistic.  

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2. The exquisiteness of honeycomb porcelain tiles

Porcelain tilesPhoto by Creatv Eight on Unsplash CC0

Inspired by a honeycomb, the hexagonal kitchen tiles add a homey vibe to the cooking space. The dark grout color further adds to the exquisite design of the white tiles.  

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3. Aesthetics of square ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles

This tile pattern looks fresh and bright — almost like a Moorish artwork. The small white, blue, and gray square tiles go well with the white kitchen. The backsplash looks as well-put-together as a wallpaper. We like that the homeowner has extended the tiles to the ceiling.    

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4. The comfort of glazed subway tiles

Subway tiles

For homeowners who want to always play it safe, subway tiles are the ideal go-to tiles. These glazed white backsplash tiles inject a room with so much more dimension than paint and yet look elegant. 

5. The timelessness of brick tiles

Brick tilesWhite Modern Kitchen, by Paintzen on flickr – www.paintzen.com [CC BY 2.0]

There’s something inherently warm and traditional about a brick backsplash. We love the timeless appeal of this all-white kitchen backsplash. It gives a neat look that harmonizes with any style of kitchen.

6. The rawness of patterned stone tiles

Stone tilesRose Creek | 17205 Fox Prowl Edmond OK, by Bill Wilson on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

This backsplash has a beautiful, raw design with natural stone tiles. The backsplash has horizontally set tiles with a chevron pattern in the center enclosed within a dark border. The patterned tiles look quite unique. 

7. The brightness of glass tiles

Glass tilesImage by p_kennedy123 from Pixabay CC0

These types of tiles are becoming hugely popular due to the sheen and style they offer. Apart from being non-porous, stain-resistant, and water-proof, they are resistant to fungal growth too! We think this backsplash is the perfect sleek backdrop for your cooking area.   

8. Fun with zig-zag ceramic tiles

The zig-zag tiles in varying shades of green, blue, and white look so beautiful that it’s hard to move your eyes away.

9. The neatness of stacked quartzite tiles

Stacked tilesPhoto by kevint3141 on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

We love how the quartzite tiles have been arranged to provide a neat look. The various shades of gray look like they truly belong in this kitchen with black cabinets.  

10. The contrast of graded tiles

Backsplash designKitchen Backsplash, by ctj71081 on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Similar to the design above, this pattern is different in the sense that it has tiles in different sizes and colors. As far as kitchen backsplash trends go, this idea is quite popular with homeowners and interior designers. If you have a dark kitchen countertop and white cabinets — opt for these backsplash tiles for a lovely contrast. 

11. The luxury of marble tiles

Marble tilesThe Kitchen: Chapter Six (Final Reveal!), by Emily May [CC BY 2.0]

There’s no doubt that marble is luxurious. Even though it’s soft and porous (therefore requiring regular waxing and sealing), it’s almost always the first choice of homeowners who don’t mind splurging a bit. Just remember not to locate a marble backsplash too near a heat source.

Last words

Whichever kitchen backsplash tiles you choose, do remember that your backsplash should define the style of your work area. As it plays an important part in your kitchen design — select a style that makes you happy. And, yes, don’t be afraid to try out unique and bold options. 

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11 Kitchen Backsplash Tile Ideas for the Perfect Focal Point was last modified: November 25th, 2020 by Ramona Sinha
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