SUBWAY BACKSPLASH IDEAS

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Creating a contemporary kitchen? Imagining a more modern home? Look no further than this collection of sophisticated kitchens designed using our subway backsplash ideas. With their sleek finish and endless array of colors, you’re sure to find subway glass or marble backsplash ideas that you’ll fall in love with.

Sophisticated Subway Tile Ideas

 

Imagine smooth, tumbled stones straight from nature or the sleek and polished finish of glass tiles adorning your walls. The materials and the color selection provide a solution for every space. Whether you’re searching for creams, beiges, glittering metals, brilliant whites, slate blues, or anything in between, there’s a subway tile to match.

Our materials are high-quality and durable to last you for decades to come. When you need to clean them, simply wipe them down with a damp cloth so that stains and spills come right off. No need to spend hours scrubbing to make them look like new. These strong and low-maintenance subway backsplash ideas are ideal for busy homeowners.

 

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Beige Subway Backsplash Tile

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White Subway Backsplash Tile

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Marble Subway Backsplash Tile

Make it Modern – Sleek and Sharp!

 

Why are subway backsplash tiles the ideal choice for a space that leans towards modernity? Well, they have a few characteristics that make them appear more modern than traditional:

  • Choose a tile made of natural stone to emphasize the inherent and simple beauty of nature.
  • Glass subway backsplash ideas are also beautiful for their simple presentation of accent colors.
  • The clean, rigid lines make the pattern easy to follow and anticipate, a key feature of the modern design. It feels structured and orderly as opposed to chaotic or eclectic.
  • The polished finishes make them appear slick and simple, another popular motif in modern design.

If you’ve been on the fence about whether subway backsplash tiles are the perfect addition to your kitchen, we know you’ll love them. Move into modern design with our gallery of subway backsplash to inspire you.

Modern white gray color polished subway made out of skyline marble

Dark gray slate subway tile for a contemporary yet timeless kitchen backsplash

Popular subway tile sizes

In today’s market, subway tiles come in a wide range of tile sizes. 3×6 inches is the most classic and popular size for subway tiles. It’s not too small,not too large, and just perfect. It offers a timeless appeal that elevates the overall look of the kitchens. Besides this standard size, 2×4, 2×8, 3×12, 4×8, 4×12, 6×12 are the other most popular subway tile sizes. These different sizes allow you to play with textures and patterns.

Transitional Kitchen With White Subway Tile Backsplash And Wood Shelves

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Transitional Kitchen with White Subway Tile Backsplash and Wood Shelves

In this transitional kitchen, a 3×6 white subway tile backsplash creates a clean and fresh backdrop with its timeless look.White shaker cabinets and wooden floating shelves are in a harmony with the backsplash tile. Also, using open shelving allow the stunning pattern of the subway tiles to stand out. The navy-blue kitchen island nicely contrasts with the bright colors to elevate the overall look of the kitchen.

Black Flat Panel Cabinets With Herringbone Backsplash And Rose Gold Accents

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Black Flat-panel Cabinets with Herringbone Backsplash and Rose Gold Accents

Instead of its classic dimensions, white subway tiles have been used more largely and laid in a herringbone pattern. The geometrical pattern of the tiles complements the ultra-modern look of the black flat-panel cabinets. The white countertop completes the clean look of the backsplash tiles while the black range hood creates a focal point between the floating shelves. Rose-gold accents like pendant lights, faucet, and trims of the cabinetry add a dose of sparkle.

White Shaker Cabinets With Chevron Backsplash And Wood Island

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White Shaker Cabinets with Chevron Backsplash and Wood Island

Crisp white colors and wood details are perfectly balanced in this modern kitchen and create a cozy yet elegant design. The small 2×4 subway tiles add a nice texture while bringing a fresh look to the design with their glossy finish. This beautiful texture continues to the back of the glass-fronted cabinets which enhances the spaciousness of the atmosphere. The wooden trim of the white range hood complements the kitchen island which brings warmth.

Subway tile patterns

subway tiles are beautifully versatile that can look modern or traditional, contemporary or transitional. Not only for the materials, but different patterns also provide this versatility. Here are 5 subway tile patterns.

Running Bond
Running Bond or offset is the most recognizable pattern of the subway tiles. The corner of the tile below sits at the center point of the one above and creates the most traditional style of the subway.

Stacked
Stacked is a simple pattern that offers a modern look for kitchens. This sleek look is created by stacking the tiles laid one atop the other and creating a grid pattern.

Herringbone
A simple twist on the placement of the subway tile makes a big impact and creates a distinctive pattern as a backsplash. The tiles are installed at a 45-degree angle and short tile edges end at a 90-degree angle.

Chevron
Just like the herringbone, chevron tiles are also are installed at a 45-degree angle, but they are cut also at a 45-degree angle. This creates a sleek and clean look.

Basket Weave
Tiles are laid in vertical and horizontal pairs to create the basketweave pattern which is probably the most playful option. The geometrical look of it offers a more distinct weaving effect.

Diagonal
A diagonal pattern is similar to the running bond but for this pattern, tiles are installed at a 45-degree angle. The diagonal lay of the subway tiles creates a more unique design that can elevate the kitchens.

Beach Style Kitchen With Black Island And Wicker Pendant Lights

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Beach Style Kitchen with Black Island and Wicker Pendant Lights

The basketweave pattern of the gray subway tiles creates a striking focal point with its weaving effect between the white shaker cabinets which provide a clean and fresh backdrop for the black island. Wooden stools and wicker pendant lights complement the cozy look of the basketweave pattern and enhance the beach vibes.

White Shaker Cabinets With Gray Herringbone Backsplash And Black Countertops

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White Shaker Cabinets with Gray Herringbone Backsplash and Black Countertops

Some mid-century modern accents are thrown into the mix to create an eye-catching farmhouse kitchen. The glossy gray backsplash stands out with its timeless herringbone pattern while the gray color provides a smooth transition between the white shaker cabinets and black countertops. Brass pendant lights and wood and black stools enhance the midcentury vibe.

Contemporary Kitchen With Gray Subway Tile Backsplash And White Countertop

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Contemporary Kitchen with Gray Subway Tile Backsplash and White Countertop

In this contemporary kitchen, the white flat-panel cabinets and white countertops stand out between the earthy colors and bring a bright look into the room. The stacked layout of the gray subway tile backsplash completes the modern look of the cabinets. The wooden kitchen island is paired with a concrete countertop which adds a dramatic feel with its waterfall edges.

Top subway tile backsplash colors

White is the original color of the subway tile design and is the top subway tile backsplash color. White subway tiles are stylish and classic that offer a timeless look for different styled kitchens. White subway backsplash tiles never fail you down, but if you want to try something different, there is a wide range of color options aside from the white. Using glass tiles is a great way to incorporate some colors into your backsplash because glass tiles come in a wide of color options. From tranquil blues to bold reds, you can find endless colors from glass tiles.

White Subway Tile Backsplash

White subway tiles are the most popular and timeless option for kitchens that is endlessly versatile. They are like a black canvas that can work well with different design aesthetics from modern to farmhouse, traditional to contemporary. Also, the white subway tile backsplash comes in a wide range of material options. You can make a luxurious touch with marble or use porcelain or ceramic tiles to go classic. Whatever your choice is, these tiles never fail you down!

Eclectic Kitchen With Green Cabinets And Yellow Chandelier

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Eclectic Kitchen with Green Cabinets and Yellow Chandelier

Different colors, textures, and patterns perfectly blend in this eclectic kitchen and offer a one-of-a-kind design. The full-height white subway tile backsplash creates a clean backdrop for the emerald green shaker cabinets with a white countertop. The black kitchen island and black and gold stools which add a vintage vibe complement the elegant color of the cabinets. The yellow chandelier nicely contrasts with the green and brings joy to the atmosphere.

Black And White Kitchen Design With Glossy Modern Backsplash And Quartz Countertop

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Black and White Kitchen Design with Glossy Modern Backsplash and Quartz Countertop

The timeless appeal of the black and white color scheme never fails you down, like this design! Here, white cabinets are emphasized with black glass-fronted doors. The black doors of the upper cabinets complement the black kitchen island. The white backsplash and quartz countertops create a bright look. Other black accents like pendant lights and counter chairs make a beautiful final touch.

Eat In Kitchen With Circular Dining Table And Blue Velvet Chairs

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Eat-in Kitchen with Circular Dining Table and Blue Velvet Chairs

In this eat-in kitchen, white subway tiles are applied to a wall covering instead of just using them as a backsplash to give a strong character. The symmetrical layout of the gray cabinets with white countertops, gray island, wood floating shelves, gold pendant lights, and dining area with white circular table and blue velvet chairs add a luxurious feel to the design. The wood shelves and brass accents provide a balance between cozy and luxury.

Gray Subway Tile Backsplash

When the elegant appeal of the gray meets with a subway tile pattern, the result is just beautiful. A gray subway tile backsplash is a great way to add depth to the kitchen while giving a neutral look.

Gray Subway Tile Backsplash With Off Set And Herringbone Layout

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Gray Subway Tile Backsplash with Off-set and Herringbone Layout

Black, gray, white, and a touch of wood. This beautiful color scheme never fails you down. The classic offset layout of the gray subway tiles is turned into a herringbone pattern behind the stove which adds visual interest. The black range hood creates a striking focal point between the white shaker cabinets and complements the black island with a white countertop.

Gray Glossy Backsplash With White Cabinets And Gray Floor Tiles

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Gray Glossy Backsplash with White Cabinets and Gray Floor Tiles

Gray glossy tile backsplash creates an accent between the white flat-panel cabinets. While the function of the kitchen maximized with the u-shaped position of the cabinets, the dining area has been created by adding black counter chairs. stainless steel appliances complete the modern look of the cabinetry.

Gray Herringbone Backsplash With Wood Floating Shelves And Countertops

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Gray Herringbone Backsplash with Wood Floating Shelves and Countertops

The herringbone pattern of the gray painted bricks transforms this farmhouse kitchen into a homey retreat. The sleek herringbone pattern creates a sleek backdrop and modernizes the design. The white cabinets, wood countertops, and floating shelves contribute well to this homey feel. Also, using open shelving enhances the spaciousness of the atmosphere.

Black Subway Tile Backsplash

If you are looking for some dramatic effect, there is no better option than a black backsplash. The bold and characteristic look of the black can instantly lend sophistication to any kitchen design. You can finalize your black subway tile backsplash with a white grout to emphasize the beautiful pattern or use a black grout to create a moody atmosphere.

Contemporary Kitchen With Black Chevron Tiles And White Cabinets

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Contemporary Kitchen with Black Chevron Tiles and White Cabinets

In this minimalist kitchen, the timeless look of the black and white color scheme offers an effortless beauty. The black chevron tile backsplash which is emphasized by white grout stands out between the white flat-panel cabinets without disturbing the modern look of the cabinetry. White counter chairs and glass pendant lights complete the bright look of the overall look.

Scandinavian Kitchen White Cabinet Marble Backsplash

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Scandinavian Kitchen White Cabinet Marble Backsplash

The black galaxy granite countertop and negro magunie marble mosaic kitchen backsplash tile make a sophisticated touch to the white flat-panel kitchen cabinets. Wooden open shelves soften the strong contrast between the black and white.

Light Wood Cabinets With Batte Black Tiles And Black Shelves

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Light Wood Cabinets with Batte Black Tiles and Black Shelves

The matte finish of the black subway tile backsplash provides a unique look for this contemporary kitchen with light wood cabinets, quartz countertops, black island, black and gold counter chairs, and glass pendant lights. The black shelves integrate so well with the backsplash that they become almost invisible.

Blue Subway Tile Backsplash

Want to incorporate color into your kitchen? A blue backsplash is a perfect way to do so. Blue is the reminiscence of the sky and sea which brings a calm and relaxing feel into spaces. From aqua to navy-blue, a blue subway tile backsplash comes in a wide range of shade options that can look modern, sophisticated, and mysterious.

Two Tone Cabinetry With Blue Subway Tile Backsplash And Greenery Plants

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Two-tone Cabinetry with Blue Subway Tile Backsplash and Greenery Plants

We loved this serene atmosphere created by blue and wooden materials. Blue subway backsplash makes a big impact between the two-tone white and wood cabinetry. Black kitchen island completed with butcher block countertop which complements the upper cabinets and dining set. Geometric wood light and ivies above the wood dining set create a visual feast.

White Cabinetry With Blue Range And Wooden Hood

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White Cabinetry with Blue Range and Wooden Hood

The combination of white, blue, and wood brings a coastal feel into this transitional kitchen and offers a welcoming atmosphere. The blue subway tile backsplash adds a visual illusion with its glossy surface and brings the calm feel of the sea into the room. The large wooden range hood makes a statement with its sculptural shape while white shaker cabinets and quartz countertop provide a classic traditional look.

124918 Blue Subway And Hexagon Tiles With Wood And White Cabinetry

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Blue Subway and Hexagon Tiles with Wood and White Cabinetry

The contemporary kitchen offers a colorful feeling with the addition of the beautiful blue cement tiles. The blue subway tile backsplash completes the clean and modern look of the white flat-panel cabinets while blue hexagon tiles on the peninsula make a joyful touch with their starburst texture. The leather counter chairs complement the natural look of the wooden perimeter cabinets.

Green Subway Tile Backsplash

Are you looking for something a little adventurous? A green subway tile backsplash might be your solution. From bold emerald to bright mint, endless hues and shades of green can help you to create your dreamy kitchen with a touch of a natural feel.

White And Wood Cabinetry With Full Height Green Subway Tile Backsplash

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White and Wood Cabinetry with Full Height Green Subway Tile Backsplash

In this contemporary kitchen, the emerald green subway tile backsplash creates an accent wall behind the two-tone white and wood cabinetry. Also, the green color of the tiles complements the natural look of the wooden perimeter cabinets. White upper cabinets and countertops make a fresh touch while the countertop is expanded to create a peninsula.

Midcentury Kitchen With Green Backsplash And Blue Chairs

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Midcentury Kitchen with Green Backsplash and Blue Chairs

The green glass subway tile backsplash and blue counter chairs transform this otherwise ordinary kitchen into a welcoming and cheerful space. The bright green color of the subway tiles provides a fresh look between the wood cabinets. Also, backsplash tiles complement the natural look of the wooden cabinets with their natural color.

White Kitche Cabinets With Green Accent Wall And Steel Appliances

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White Kitche Cabinets with Green Accent Wall and Steel Appliances

The bold emerald green color of the subway tiles pops up between the white shaker cabinets to create a unique kitchen design. white cabinets are paired with white countertops and stainless steel appliances. Gray counter chairs complete the industrial look of the appliances.

How to subway tile backsplash ?

When installing a backsplash, first you need to prepare the walls for the application. Sand the roughness and patch the holes on the wall and clean it with an all-purpose cleaner. Define the boundaries of the backsplash with painter’s tape. Now you are ready to install the tiles. Apply the mortar with a V-notch trowel in small sections. Whether your tiles come with a mesh or individual pieces, applying the mortar in small sections is important. If you apply it to all the surfaces it will dry until the last piece. Then stick the tile on the mortar. Do these steps until cover the all backsplash area. If you need to cut tiles, use a proper cutting tool for the material that you used.Insert the spacers per tile side and wait overnight to dry. Take out the spacers and wipe down the tiles with a cloth and cleaner. Sweep the grout over the tiles with a float using a 45-degree angle and make sure to fill all the spaces. After wait about an hour to set the grout, wipe the tiles with a wet sponge. The final touch is caulk. You need to caulk where tiles meet the countertop. Be sure to tape off the area that you don’t want to caulk and remove these tapes before it fully dries.

What size subway tile backsplash ?

3×6 inches is the traditional size of the subway tiles. However, in today’s market, subway tiles come in a wide range of size options. 4×12, 3×16, 3×8, 6×12, 3×9 are the most popular subway tiles sizes for homeowners and interior designers.

What size subway tile for kitchen backsplash ?

When choosing the size of the subway tiles, you need to figure out what type of pattern you want in your kitchen. If you want to create a classic subway tile look, you will never fail with 3×6 inch tiles. But if you want to try something different, you can use the subway tiles in different patterns such as chevron or herringbone. Longer subway tiles like 3×12, 2×20 inches work well with these patterns.

How to end subway tile backsplash ?

There are several ways to end up the subway tile backsplash. If you are looking easy and cost-effective solution, you can caulk the edges of the tiles. But this method can be suitable for some materials like some porcelains and tumbled stone tiles. If the edges of your tiles look finished, you can add a thin layer of caulk to end them. However, if the edges look raw, you may consider the other options. The other ending material is metal edges. You can easily find it in your local home improvement store. Because of their modern look, metal edges have become one of the most popular ending materials. On the other hand, if you don’t want to incorporate different materials than your tiles, you can create rail moldings or bullnose tiles. Rail moldings offer a thin and clean frame for the tiles while bullnose tiles create a smooth look on the edges.

Where to start subway tile backsplash ?

There’s no universal starting point for the layout and there is no right or wrong way. You need to consider the height of the backsplash, placement of the windows and electrical outlets. It also depends on the pattern of your subway tiles. You can start from the countertop, lay the first raw, and continue through the up. If you have a large window and straight wall, you can pick the window as a center. This way you can create a symmetrical look for both sides of the window. Or if you are working with the corner, you can start from the edges.

What color grout to use with white subway tile backsplash ?

White is the most popular grout color for the white subway backsplash tiles. It completes the clean look of the white tiles and creates a sleek backsplash for kitchens. Gray and black are also good options for white subway tiles. If you want to highlights the pattern revealed by subway tiles, darker grout colors are perfect to create a distinctive focal point.

What size trowel for subway tile backsplash ?

Different size of subway tiles requires different sized trowels. The 1/4 inch V notch trowel is the most common one that works well with the classic 3×6 inch subway tiles and many other sizes. if you have larger subway tiles like 4×12 inch, 3/8 inch square notch trowel might be a better option.

How to measure subway tile backsplash ?

When measuring the subway tiles backsplash, you will need a tape measure, pencil, notebook, and calculator. First, you need to find out the total area of your backsplash in square inches. If you have one long rectangle backsplash area, it is easy to measure it. Measure the width and height with a tape measure then divide by 144 to find the number of square feet needed. However, if you have other elements like windows and cabinets which break the rectangular shape of the backsplash, you need to divide it into different parts and label each area. Now you can measure the width and height of each area and again divide the 144.Be sure to complete each part and bring them together

How to clean subway tile backsplash ?

Cleaning the subway tile backsplash is actually very easy and if you do this cleaning regularly, your shiny material will look as new as the first day. A simple sponge, dish soap, and warm water are enough to clean subway backsplashes. Grab a sponge, soak it with warm water and soap, and clean all surfaces with circular motions. Then take a dishcloth or microfiber cloth and wipe down the backsplash. You can do these steps for everyday cleaning. Also, these cleaning steps are suitable for every material from marble to glass. However, if you have a porous material such as marble, it needs to be sealed. Otherwise, it absorbs the liquids and permanent stains may occur.

How to cut subway tile backsplash ?

Cutting the subway tiles is depends on the material of the backsplash tiles. If you have ceramic tiles, you can use a simple tile cutter which you can buy from your local home improvement store. Mark the tiles where it needs to be cut with a marker, place the tile into the cutter, run the carbide wheel across the tile form the mark. This way, your tiles will be cut smoothly but if the edges are rough, you can use a rubbing stone. If you are using glass or marble subway tiles, you need to get a wet saw with a proper blade for the material. Just like the ceramic tiles, mark the glass or marble tiles and slide them slowly through the blade. Also, a wet saw is really helpful for cutting full sheets faster and easier.

Are subway tiles out of style ?

With their clean lines, subway tiles are a representation of simple sophistication. The classic, clean beauty of the subway tiles provides a timeless look for kitchens. Also, these tiles are extremely versatile that can work well with different styles and colors and you can apply them in different patterns. Today, subway tiles are one of the most popular home décors and their elegant look guaranteed the trend’s longevity.

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