2021 Popular Kitchen Backsplash and Floor Tile Trends

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One material that seemingly never goes out of style is tile. Whether you use it for a kitchen backsplash or as your flooring, it’s a classic, stylish look that’s sure to take your kitchen to the next level.

As you envision your remodeled kitchen and think about what types of tile you like (as well as the pattern of the tile), you may feel overwhelmed by all of the options. How do you narrow it down? What if you love more than one type of tile or pattern?

We’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular kitchen backsplash and floor tile trends in 2021.

Extra Large Subway Tile

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One trend we’re seeing more often is the traditional subway tile in neutral shades of white or gray, but BIGGER. Think 4×8, and make it more of a statement by taking it all the way to the ceiling. For more contrast between tiles, use a darker grout like darker gray or black. For less contrast, choose a grout that matches the color of the tile.

Colors that Pop

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Who says you have to stick with neutral colors in your kitchen tile backsplash? It’s the perfect place to add pops of color to your kitchen, especially if the rest of the materials — cabinets, countertops, and wall color — are neutral. Mix it up with fun tile shapes, like the hexagon-shaped tile in this client example. If you want your backsplash to draw attention and become one of the focal points of the room, colored tiled is a great way to do it.

Glossy Tile

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We’re seeing more and more requests for glossy ceramic tile used in kitchen backsplashes. In this example, you can see the glossiness of the tile along with the texture, which creates a unique yet sophisticated look. Pair it with a smooth, neutral countertop for added contrast between the two.

Bold Patterns

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In 2021, tiles with bold colors and patterns are making a comeback. When added to a kitchen with lots of neutral materials such as white cabinets, light-colored walls, and sleek, smooth countertops, bold tile patterns can really pop. It’s the perfect focal point for the room, especially when used in an unexpected place. Some ideas include above the stove going up the wall or on the front of the kitchen island. Trust us: 2021 is a year to be brave and bold, and this is the perfect way to do it.

Contemporary Patterns

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Going for a modern look? Try dark tile in a unique pattern, like herringbone or chevron. This naturally draws eyes to the floor with its captivating, sleek finish. Your kitchen will truly be one-of-a-kind. Choosing a unique pattern can help spice up the tile and give your kitchen a fresh look. Plus, the smooth surface of these ceramic tiles makes them easy to clean and ideal for a high-traffic room like a kitchen.

From different patterns and textures to colors and sizes, there’s a lot you can do with tile for kitchen backsplashes or flooring. Think about what kind of vibe you want your kitchen to have, and use the tile to add style and flair. It’s the perfect material to use as a focal point in the room while keeping your kitchen functional and efficient.

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