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Contemporary Kitchen with Black and Red Accents
The vibrant red accents like the fridge and the stools stand against the monochrome color scheme and bring a retro vibe to the atmosphere. Instead of covering all the walls, backsplash tiles are laid in a unique pattern. The unfinished look of the white hex tiles brings dynamism to the look. The gray paint of the wall allows the backsplash tile to come forward. The white perimeter cabinets, black upper cabinets, the black range hood, and the white floating shelves serve a minimalistic look. The brass pendant lights above the peninsula add a dose of sparkle to the design.
Wood Kitchen Cabinets with White Countertops and Gold Chandelier
In this interior design, the hexagon shape of the marble tiles gives a unique and personalized look. Also, the full-height installation of the marble tiles emphasizes their impact. The white upper cabinets create a clean and fresh look while the wood perimeter cabinets and the island serve a warm yet elegant look. The white countertops create a continuous look with the backsplash and upper cabinets.
Cabinets, countertops, hardware, lighting fixtures, flooring. When designing a kitchen, there are too many elements that you need to consider, and a backsplash is one of them. even if it seems like a small detail, a kitchen backsplash is the focal point of the kitchens which brings together all elements. With their almost infinite range of color, material, pattern, and shape options, tiles are the most popular choice for kitchen backsplashes. In this article, you can find some design tips and tricks about backsplash tile and learn how to choose the right tile for your kitchen!
Unique White Kitchen Backsplash Design with Wood and White Cabinets
Even it has a white color, this kitchen backsplash offers a distinctive look with its unique tile shape, and using a gray grout emphasizes this stunning pattern! Thanks to its unique appeal, this white backsplash looks like an art piece and offers an eye-catching backdrop for the white and wood cabinets. The white upper cabinets serve a minimalist look to emphasize the backsplash while the wood perimeter and tall cabinets create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The white countertop of the perimeter cabinets creates a continuous look with the backsplash.
Glass Mosaic Tiles
Wood Shaker Cabinets with Black Patterned Backsplash Tile
In this transitional kitchen, the neutral color scheme offers a calm, warm, and welcoming atmosphere. The black patterned backsplash tile creates a striking focal point between the wood shaker-style cabinets and adds a nice layer of texture. The black countertop of the perimeter cabinets creates a continuous look with the backsplash while the white Silestone quartz countertop of the wood kitchen island makes a fresh touch. The custom lighting fixtures add a personality. The wicker counter chairs complete the warm feel of the wooden textures with their naturality.
What Is Backsplash Tile?
Traditionally, a backsplash is a wall covering material between the countertop and upper cabinets. Until the 1950s backsplashes were only a few inches tall above the countertops and their primary function is to protect the wall behind a stove or countertop against water and food. But since then, backsplashes become the key point of the kitchen that can make a dramatic difference. This detail of the kitchen gives an opportunity for homeowners to personalize the space through endless possibilities of styles, colors, and materials. Thanks to their variety, tiles are the most common material for backsplashes. In today’s market, ceramic, porcelain, glass, marble, and stone tiles are all common styles for backsplashes.
Medıterrenean Kitchen with Two-tone Cabinetry and White Tile Backsplash
In this Mediterranean kitchen, the bright look of the crisp white is balanced with the light gray and wooden textures. The glossy finish of the all-white square kitchen backsplash makes the space feel larger and completes the clean look which is created by the white upper cabinets. The light gray perimeter cabinets compliment the stainless steel appliances while the wooden textures like floating shelves and the trim of the white range hood bring warmth to the atmosphere. The black hardware nicely contrasts with the cabinets to emphasize them.
Porcelain Mosaic Tiles
Eclectic Kitchen with White Stove and Wood Range Hood
The small corner of this eclectic kitchen acts as a piece of art and elevates the overall look of the kitchen. The gray and wood range hood, eye-catching tile backsplash, and the white stove create an accent wall. The beautiful blue patterns of the tiles add a nice texture and bring a Mediterranean vibe while wooden parts of the range hood make a warm touch. The white shaker cabinets and the black quartz countertop serve an elegant look and the brass hardware complete this appeal.
How much to install tile backsplash?
The installation cost of a tile backsplash depends on the tile material, size of the backsplash area, and location. The average cost of installing a tile backsplash is $1,000. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are more affordable than the other materials. The average cost of these tiles is $5-$15 per sq ft. If you want to use natural stone or stainless steel tiles this price can go up to $35-$45 per sq ft.
Why Do I Need a Backsplash?
The main purpose of a backsplash is to protect the walls against water damage from inadvertent splashing. Even if you can control the water or food spills, when you are cooking or washing dishes the walls may become damaged for small spills. That’s why using a backsplash is highly recommended. With a well-installed backsplash, you can avoid the unpleasing appearance on your kitchen walls. And also, these protective materials provide durable and easy-to-clean surfaces. But backsplashes are more than just functional. Yes, it has a functional aspect but aside from that, it can also be accentuated as a design feature. You can take advantage of the backsplash to bring all kitchen elements together.
Full-height Gray Subway Backsplash Tile with White Lacquer Cabinets
The black white and gray color scheme offers a timeless appeal for this kitchen! Instead of using backsplash tile just between the cabinets, the full-height application can give a more impactful look. Here, the full-height gray subway tile backsplash adds a character to the space. Also, it provides a sleek backdrop for the white flat-panel cabinets. The glossy finish of the white cabinetry gives a fresh and bright look to the kitchen while the gray backsplash and the gray kitchen island create a moody feel.
Marble Mosaic Tiles
Transitional Kitchen with Wood Shaker Cabinets and Natural Stone Tiles
In this transitional kitchen, the neutral color scheme offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The gray stacked stone backsplash provides a sleek backdrop while completing the natural feel of the wooden cabinets. The wooden floating shelves provide an open and airy feel and also allow the backsplash tiles to stand out. The black hardware of the wooden cabinetry nicely contrasts and emphasizes the cabinetry. The glossy white countertop reflects the stone tiles and emphasizes their impact.
Can you put a backsplash over the tile?
The short answer is yes. If your old tiles are in a good condition without any cracks and do not appear to retain any moisture, you can install a new layer of backsplash over the old ones.
What Do You Need for Tile Backsplash?
If you want to give a fresh look to your backsplash, you can install a new one with a DIY project. Here is the list of the tools and materials that you need for the backsplash tile installation;
• Tape Measure
• Painters Tape
• Circuit Tester/Voltage Detector
• Drill/Driver & Bits
• Tile Cutter/Tile Nippers/Wet Saw
• Sanded / Unsanded Grout
• Flexible Caulk
• Thinset Mortar
How to Install a Tile Backsplash?
Measure the Workspace
The square foot determines that how many tiles you need. Multiply the width and height to find the total area in inches. Then divide the result into 144 to find the number of square feet needed.
Prepare Walls and Workspace
The installation process of the tile backsplash depends on the material, shape, and size of the tiles. But for all types of tiles, first, you need to prepare the backsplash are before the installation. Sand the roughness and patch the holes on the wall and clean it with an all-purpose cleaner. This way you can create a smooth surface to lay the tiles. Also, you need to define the boundaries of the backsplash with painter’s tape and remove the electrical switches.
When you are working with tiles, it is important to define the layout of the tiles before the installation. This helps you to achieve a perfect look and ovoid unmatched corners and unfilled blanks. Lay down the tile on the counter and find the right way for installation. You may need to cut some tiles on the edges. For cutting, you need to use specialized tools for different materials. A classic tile cutter can be used for ceramic or porcelain tiles. If you are cutting natural stone tiles you need to use a wet saw to prevent chipping or breaking.
Prepare the mortar according to manufacturer instructions then apply with a V-notch trowel in small sections. Press at a 45-degree angle. Stick the tiles or mosaic sheets on the mortar then press into the wet thin-set mortar. Do these steps until cover the all backsplash area. Wait at least over a night, and after it dries, wipe down the tiles with a cloth and cleaner.
Apply the grout with a float at a 45-degree angle. Wait until all grouts dry and wipe the tiles with a wet sponge.
Backsplash Tile Materials
Marble, glass, metal, travertine, ceramic, and more! One of the biggest advantages of tiles is the variety of materials. Yes, it can be daunting to choose the right material in these opportunities but with the right backsplash tile, your kitchen transforms into a personalized space!
Glass Tile Backsplash
With their endless array of color, pattern, and shape options, from classic subway tiles to eye-catching mosaic tiles, glass backsplash can suitable for different styles. Besides its visual impact, glass material provides easy-to-clean and maintain surfaces which makes them a perfect material as a backsplash.
Transitional Kitchen with Light Blue Glass Subway Backsplash Tiles
In this transitional kitchen, the combination of blue, white. and wood offers a bright and calming atmosphere. The light blue glass subway tile backsplash creates a cohesive look with the white floating shelves and the white range hood. The wooden trim of the range hood complements the butcherblock countertop of the white perimeter cabinets. The blue kitchen island with a quartz countertop completes the lovely blue color of the backsplash tiles.
Glossy Blue Backsplash with White Cabinetry and Wood Island
Using a vibrant color as a backsplash creates a visual feast between the whites. Glossy blue straight stacked subway tile pops against the white flat-panel cabinets. Also, the modern layout of the glass tiles enhances modernity. The large wood center island with a marble countertop and brown leather counter chairs provides a gathering space. Professional-grade appliances and the range hood continue the modern feel in the space.
How many tiles do I need for the backsplash?
To define that how many tiles you need, first you need to measure the backsplash area. Then multiply the width and height to find the total area in inches. Divide the result by 144 to convert it to square feet. Then divide the total area you’re tiling by the square footage to one tile to find how many tiles you need.
Ceramic Tile Backsplash
From past to present, ceramic is the most popular material for backsplash tiles. With their beautiful designs, styles, colors, and finishes, they present a beautiful way to spruce up your kitchens. Also with their durable surfaces, ceramic tiles maintain their fresh look over years.
Gray Raised-panel Cabinets with Yellow Ceramic Wall Tile
The vibrant color of the yellow ceramic tiles directly puls the attention and brings a warm and cozy feel to this contemporary kitchen. The white floating shelf above the backsplash provides storage space while displaying the beautiful decors and plates. The gray raised-panel perimeter cabinets give a traditional feel while the white countertop adds a fresh look. The herringbone pattern of the wood kitchen island adds a nice texture and complements the oversized herringbone floor tile.
Emerald Green Cabinets with Brass Hardware and Wood Range Hood
The emerald green kitchen cabinets and wall paint offer an elegant look for this Victorian kitchen! The Light gray square ceramic wall tile brings a bright look between the dark shade of green. The oversized wood range hood creates a focal point and complements the naturality of the green. Also, the wooden flooring enhances the warmness of the atmosphere. The brass hardware and the marble backsplash add a sense of luxury and complete the elegance of the emerald green.
How to change backsplash without removing tile?
The kitchen backsplash is a great area to get creative with your designs. If you are bored with your old kitchen and looking for something new, changing or renovating your backsplash is the best and easier way. Painting the tiles is the simplest way to bring a fresh look to your tiles. This small and cheap cosmetic change can instantly bring a totally fresh look to your kitchen. The other way is to cover the old tiles with new tiles or wall panels. If your old tiles are in a good position without any mold or mildew, you can install a new layer of covering.
How to hang things on tile backsplash?
When hanging things on the tiles drilling is the safest and most durable method. You can drill through the tile with a masonry bit and use wall anchors. This way you can hang heavier things. But if you don’t want to drill, you can use double-sided adhesive tape that can do the job. However, these tapes might not carry heavy loads.
Porcelain Tile Backsplash
Porcelain is a type o ceramic that is fired at a higher temperature than standard ceramic. This provides a less porous surface. Just like ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are also a popular material option and they come in a wide range of color, pattern, and shape options. Porcelain tiles are easy to clean materials and with the right approach, they can maintain their fresh look.
White Shaker Cabinets with Herringbone and Subway Tiles
If you don’t want to use some patterned tiles but still want to add some interest, laying the subway tiles in two different layouts is a great way to achieve this visual impact. Here, the glossy white subway tiles are laid in a classic offset pattern at the corners and a herringbone pattern at the center. The white herringbone tiles create a focal point with the help of stainless steel appliances. The white shaker cabinets complete the clean and fresh look of the backsplash while the brass hardware adds a dose of sparkle.
Gray and White Kitchen with Wood Flooring
This transitional kitchen serves a classic look with its gray and white color scheme, shaker-style cabinets, and the white herringbone backsplash tile. Using a contrasting grout for the white tiles, emphasize the beautiful herringbone pattern. The white floating shelves between the upper cabinets give an open and airy feel while the wood flooring breaks the white and gray domination and brings warmth to the atmosphere.
How to remove tile backsplash from drywall?
Removing the old tiles might seem daunting but with the right approach and some helpful tricks, it is not that much hard. To get started, clean the counters and turn off the electricity to remove the electrical outlets. Before removing the tiles, you can start in on the grout to rid of tiles easier. Use a 6-in-1 painter’s tool and hammer to gently remove the grout between the tiles. Then use a hammer and putty knife and chisel away the tiles. To avoid damaging the drywall, use the hammer with an angle. You need to do this process slowly and don’t forget to wear some protective glasses.
After tiles are off, it is time to remove the adhesive on the drywall. If tiles are fitted with a mastic, you can remove the mastic with 120-grit sandpaper by simply rubbing it. But if there is a thin-set, it requires more elbow grease and you need to use a putty knife. Again, be gentle and slowly remove the adhesive.
Marble Tile Backsplash
Marble is one of the most precious natural stones which has different application areas. And kitchen backsplashes are one of the most common areas of usage. Carrara and Calacatta are the most popular types of marble. Carrara comes from Italy and it is the most affordable type of marble. IF you are looking for something more luxurious, Calacatta is the way to go. With is a white background, gray veining, and gold sparkles, it offers a stunning appeal for kitchens. But it cost higher than the other types.
Beach-style Kitchen with Carrara Marble Wall Tiles
In this beach-style kitchen, the mostly white color scheme offers a bright and spacious atmosphere! The full-height Carrara marble backsplash tiles create a sleek backdrop for the white shaker cabinets with a white countertop and the white range hood. The wooden trim of the range hood and the shiplap paneling at the back of the open cabinets bring a warm feel by breaking the white domination. The brass hardware, faucets, and details of the stove add a vintage vibe.
Can I use backsplash tile on the floor?
According to the material, some tiles should only be used on vertical surfaces because of the cracking concerns. However, generally, backsplash tiles can be used also on the flooring. Check the manufacturer instructions to be sure!
Metal Tile Backsplash
Metal backsplashes are characterized by their sleek and clean look. The modern appeal of these shiny surfaces can take any kitchen to the next level. Metal backsplashes come in various styles, colors, and finishes that can fit your personal preferences. Besides their striking beauty, a metal tile backsplash also provides extreme durability.
Modern Home Bar with Stainless Steel Tile Backsplash
The stainless steel herringbone tile backsplash takes the attention at the first sight with its shiny surfaces and makes a characteristic touch to this modern home bar. The hanging wine racks next to the decorative tile backsplash act as artwork and emphasize the accent wall. The wooden bar and ar stools give a sleek and elegant look while the glass lighting fixture makes a fresh touch.
Wood Kitchen Cabinetry with Gray Countertops and Leather Counter Chairs
This contemporary kitchen features wood cabinets, gray soapstone countertops, metal backsplash, leather counter chairs, and dark wood flooring. The combination of the earthy colors offers a strong kitchen design while stainless steel accents transform the kitchen by adding a modern appeal. Leather counter chairs create a harmonious look with the kitchen island and complete the overall look.
Travertine Tile Backsplash
Travertine is a form of limestone which has stunning characteristics. With their soft appeal, instead of a distinctive focal point, a travertine tile backsplash is a perfect choice for the homeowner who is looking for a lovely look with a simple finish.
Transitional Farmhouse Kitchen with Wood Cabinets and Travertine Backsplash Tile
The combination of wooden textures and other natural materials offers a warm and cozy feel for this farmhouse kitchen. The travertine backsplash tile adds a nice texture between the wooden cabinets and completes the naturality of the wooden textures. The beige granite countertop of the black kitchen island adds a sense of luxury to the design.
Travertine Mosaic Tiles
Light Gray Cabinetry with Tumbled Travertine Tiles and Black Island
The Greystone paint of the shaker-style cabinets and the beige tumbled travertine backsplash create a cohesive backdrop for this transitional kitchen. The beige granite countertops provide a continuous look with the backsplash tiles while the black kitchen island adds character to the design. The black range hood complements the island to create a completed look.
Does tile backsplash add value?
The answer is an absolute yes. A tile backsplash is a great way to add character and charm to the kitchen. Whether it has a simple color and shape or has a complex pattern, backsplash tiles add visual interest and bring all elements together.
Limestone Tile Backsplash
Limestone is a hard sedimentary rock that is made of different minerals. The veining, streaking, and speckling of a limestone tile backsplash can be suitable for different design aesthetics. From light gray to dark brown, limestone tiles come in a wide range of color options that provide versatility.
White Flat-panel Cabinets with Black Island and Gray Stone Backsplash
In this transitional kitchen, the gray stone backsplash adds a nice texture and creates a focal point between the flat panel kitchen cabinets. Flat-panel cabinets and kitchen island serve a modern look while stone backsplash brings a rustic vibe. The wooden floor and the legs of the stools make a warmer atmosphere.
Gray and White Kitchen with Limestone Wall Tiles and Wood Flooring
This gray and white kitchen design offers a timelessly elegant look with its shaker-style cabinets, light gray limestone backsplash tiles, and countertops. Using white color for the upper cabinets makes the space feel more spacious and the white range hood and light gray wall tile complete this bright look. The dark gray perimeter cabinets nicely contrast with whites to bring a luxurious feel.
Mirror Tile Backsplash
If you are looking for something different than classic looks and add something special, a mirror tile backsplash can be the thing you might be looking for. A mirror backsplash not only provides a visual illusion but is also a great way to add style to your kitchen. Also, with its reflective surface, it can create a dimension that can make the space feel larger.
Dark Gray Shaker Cabinets with White Quartz Countertop and Shiny Backsplash
In this transitional home bar, the cool tone of the gray creates a sleek and elegant look while the white countertop and beveled mirror backsplash bring a clean and fresh look between the gray cabinets. The stainless-steel beverage cooler and handles complement the shiny look of the backsplash.
Slate Mosaic Tiles
Elegant Home Bar with Open Shelving and Herringbone Backsplash
The light wood cabinets are paired with a black soapstone countertop, open shelving, and a mirror backsplash. The copper pipe-look stand of the wooden shelves brings an industrial feel while the herringbone pattern of the mirror tiles creates a modern backdrop.
What size trowel for backsplash tile?
When installing a tile backsplash, the trowel size is important to do the installation correctly. Notches of the trowel leave a consistent amount of mortar and set the tiles. All tile manufacturers offer a trowel size for installation. Smaller tiles require smaller notches. For example, you can use a 1/8-inch notch for 2-4 inch mosaic tiles.16-inch tiles require a 1/2-inch-deep notch and larger tiles over 24 inches need a 3/4-inch notch.
Shell Tile Backsplash
Shell tiles are made of fresh white, black, green, brown, and yellow river shells. With their natural iridescent finish and glittering marks, a shell tile backsplash can add charm and elegance to any space!
Beach Style Laundry Room with Capiz Shell Backsplash
Just like the kitchens, laundry rooms also need a backsplash. In this beach-style laundry room, the white shell tile laundry room backsplash adds a nice sparkle between the light blue shaker cabinets and creates a glamorous focal point. The brass/ crystal hardware and the faucet add a vintage vibe while the white apron front sink and the white countertop complete the fresh look of the tiles.