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What’s the Best Tile for Your Kitchen Backsplash?

Best Tiles For Your Kitchen Backsplash

Thinking about renovating your kitchen? Apart from the countertops and cabinets, the kitchen backsplash is probably going to be one of your most crucial decisions that could make or break the whole design.We are compiling the best types of tile for you to consider for your backsplash to truly make your new design shine.

Patterned Tiles

What seems to be a fad nowadays are those large patterns, which some homeowners may find kitschy. Patterned tiles can be an acquired taste because they can easily dominate the whole kitchen. But fortune favors the bold, right? Patterned tiles come in either ceramic or porcelain.

Mosaic Tiles

This is another design that is an acquired taste. It doesn’t work for all kitchens, however. For the most part, mosaic tiles will look out of place if you’re going for a minimalist or modern style in the kitchen. For retro kitchens, this would be perfect. One clever way to use this type of tile is to customize it such as using your children’s artwork, for instance.

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles (also called “brick” tiles) are popular because, aside from being aesthetically pleasing, it’s a very classic look. It means it works with any design and it’s timeless. It also gives a certain elegant charm to your kitchen.

Mirror or Glass Tiles

Mirror or glass tiles can add a pop to every kitchen. However, it’s quite dangerous because it’s extremely breakable so you must be extremely careful when you are cooking. Not ideal if you have small kids in the house.

Diagonal Tiles

As a rule of thumb, this type of design has more footprints so you will have to order more pieces compared to laying the tiles horizontally like most kitchens. It does add more drama, however.

Herringbone Tiles

This type of pattern is modeled after the bone of the elaborate herring. Much like its name, the color tends to be white, off-white to gray. The rectangular tiles are arranged in an elaborate manner. Fortunately, you can buy them on a 12×12 mesh backing which does eliminate the need of arranging the patterns on your own.

Things to Consider

Each material has its own pros and cons. For instance, porcelain needs a special adhesive to stick, while ceramic is very hard to replace because the colors tend to vary slightly. It’s better that you ask our Windows Floors & Decor interior designers for the best option when taking into account your preference, budget, size, and design of your kitchen.

As an added bonus, you can choose reclaimed wood. While most homeowners will opt for ceramic, porcelain or glass, you can make a conversation starter by installing reclaimed wood as your backsplash. Whatever type of tile you use for your backsplash, it’s important to note that it should work with the rest of the kitchen.


Design elements should bind together to provide balance and harmony, and not work against each other in disparate units. Contact Windows Floors & Decor for more assistance picking out the perfect kitchen backsplash!

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