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Kitchen Tile Ideas | Top 5 Kitchen Tile Backsplash Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 02, 2010 @ 06:12 AM

Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for Backsplashes

Top 5 Trends for Kitchen Tile Backsplash Design

A full tile backsplash adds personality, color and easy-cleanup to any kitchen. Options come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Here are the top five most popular backsplash tile ideas for the kitchen that we’re seeing right now.

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Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for Backsplashes 

In the tile backsplash picture above, a deep black granite countertop is even more dramatic when combined with a well-planned tile backsplash.


Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for BacksplashesInexpensive tiles are set into a pattern that looks luxurious, with 4x4 light taupe tiles set in both diagonal and horizontal configurations.  

This cost-effective kitchen backsplash tile idea for the kitchen is centered around a dark glass mini-mosaic used as a listello accent, border, and medallion accent.

The dark grout adds to the art form, and allows for easy clean-up.

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 Kitchen Tile Backsplash

In this kitchen tile picture, you’ll find your eye drawn to the smaller tile backsplash that emphasizes color.

These tiles come in 12x12 squares applied to a mesh backing, for easy installation.

The border is a pencil listello accent piece which pulls together the dark colors.

The darker approach to this kitchen backsplash idea works especially well in conjunction with oil rubbed bronze fixtures.

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Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for Backsplashes 

The classic white subway tiles(sometimes called “brick”) in this tile backsplash picture are designed to emphasize a more subtle decorating approach.

The white subway tiles work extremely well with lighter colored cabinetry and darker countertops, as well as your choice of black and stainless steel appliances. In this tile backsplash picture, the effect is even extended above the cooktop.

Tiles are set herringbone style for the backdrop, and incorporate a glossy black pencil listello. 

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Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for BacksplashesAs kitchens become more of a gathering place, tile backsplashes like the one in this picture are designed more as conversation pieces.

The design consists mainly of 4x4 tiles in a great neutral. 

The centerpiece is behind the cook top, with this a checkerboard pattern of 4x4 metallic accent tiles set on the diagonal, and an extra wide, custom metallic listello picture frame style surround.

Something like this costs a little more, but it adds a personalized dimension that’s fun and practical.

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Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for BacksplashesNatural stone is usually a little more expensive than ceramic tile, but it adds warmth that feels comfortable and elegant.

The natural stone in this kitchen tile backsplash picture consists of 4x4 tiles – mostly set on the diagonal – with a few accent pieces that add character.

The spotlight behind the cooktop consists of 4x4 tiles set on the horizontal, with just a few diamond medallion accents, and a listello frame. 

Looking for kitchen tile ideas?

Talk to your builder or tile designer how to add personality to your home, with kitchen tile backsplash ideas that fit your budget.


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