5 Tips for Choosing Kitchen Backsplash Tile

Remodeling your kitchen?  Looking for a little kitchen refresh?  Consider adding (or updating) a tile backsplash.  The sky’s the limit for material choices, colors, and patterns.  And the easy-wipe-down aspect is a nice bonus.

But where to start?

While we can’t walk you through the endless options of tile varieties online (we can in our showroom!), we can offer a few tips.  Take heed and have fun creating your tile masterpiece!

1. Choose a Focal Point.  Draw the eye in by creating a focal point around your cooking area (stove) or over the sink.  Choose a more expensive, intriguing tile (you know, the one you can’t keep your eye off of) for your focal point, and balance the rest of the wall with a less expensive accent tile in a neutral or monochromatic scheme.

2.  Pair Patterns with Solids. Complex or colorful tile arrangements look best with solid countertops, and vice versa.  So if you’re hoping for a tile backsplash that makes a dramatic statement, make sure your countertops are a bit tamer in design.

3.  Don’t Be Afraid of Angles.  Changing the layout of a more standard tile (say, using a subway tile installed at a diagonal angle) is a great way to create a unique, high-end look on an affordable budget.

4.  Go For It. While a solid tile is typically serene and safe, if you want some pizazz in your kitchen, this is a great place to fit it in.  Whether it’s a solid white backsplash with some sparkle, a black and white combo pattern, or that Italian art-inspired tile you love, this is a small space worthy of big impact.

5.  Give It a Try.  Take home a tile or two from collections you’re considering and tape them to your wall.  Live with them for awhile to get a better sense of your long term feelings.

If you are ready to get started, stop into our showroom to view our extensive collection of tile samples and chat with a designer!

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  1. I like the advice to pair patterns with solids. My wife wants a new backsplash that has tile this summer. We’ll be sure to use these tips to plan our new kitchen remodel.

  2. Hey, Nice article. Really helpful and amazing for choosing a kitchen backsplash tile. These awesome tips helped me a lot while remodeling my kitchen with new kitchen tile. Thanks a lot for sharing such ana amazing guides.

  3. I agree with what you said that colorful and patterned tiles look best with solid-colored countertops, which means that if I’m planning to use a dramatic-looking tile backsplash, then I must get a plain countertop. My husband and I are having the new suburban home renovated before we move in. I’ll take your tip in mind when I go shopping for kitchen tiles and countertops this weekend. Thanks!

  4. I absolutely love the diamond tile backsplash in the photo with the corner sink, it looks lovely. My kitchen is pretty old and the backspace is very aged from years of exposure. I would like to find someone who can help clean and rebuff my tiles so they will look good as new.

  5. We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen. Not knowing how tall to make our backsplash, I thought I would look into how far I could go. We decided to go to the ceiling. It is important for not only practicality but for a great focal point

  6. Wow, nice! This is such a great tip for my sister-in-law especially because she plans to remodel her entire kitchen this fall. It was really nice of you to tell us that a durable backsplash tile can significantly improve our safety at the cooking area as long as it complements the existing design around it. I’ll suggest this alternative to her when she makes some final arrangements soon.

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