How do you make your kitchen unique? One option is to create a focal point or design element with wall tile. Your options are endless when it comes to kitchen wall tiles — from varying colors and sizes to out-of-the-box shapes and textures. How much wall tile you use, where you put it, and how you display it can help make your kitchen the best in the neighborhood.
If you’re looking for kitchen wall tile examples and inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve worked with countless clients to create custom backsplashes in a variety of materials.
Let’s go through some of the most popular kitchen wall tile trends we’ve seen recently:
Yes, white backsplashes are still trendy (and probably always will be.) White is a go-to wall tile color because it’s neutral and matches just about any cabinet and countertop combination. But just because the backsplash is white doesn’t mean it has to be boring (or blend in.) White wall tiles come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and textures. We especially love backsplashes that use larger versions of traditional wall tiles, or unique shapes (such as squares), or tiles with a unique texture.
Example: Our Shoreham Drive kitchen remodel took white wall tiles to a new level with an elegant herringbone pattern.
Small, delicate kitchen wall tiles are always classy. They bring a new element to a kitchen, especially when the room could benefit from a punch of color or an eye-catching focal point. Not only do these wall tiles add flair to an otherwise simple space, they can be paired with other backsplash tiles that use corresponding colors or shapes. Don’t have the budget for a full kitchen backsplash? Use these intricate wall tiles to create a mosaic behind your stove.
Example: Our Studer Kitchen remodel had stunning color and details. It used penny wall tiles as part of the kitchen backsplash.
Some people want to draw eyes to their kitchen backsplashes, and using bold patterned tiles is a great way to do it. You can take these patterns all the way up a wall behind the stove or sink for a focal point, while blending them with more neutral tile in other places. Another option is to place these patterned tiles on the side of an island or peninsula for some bold pops of color.
Matte tiles look nice, but this year we’re seeing more and more clients turn to sparkling, glossy wall tiles. This adds a glamorous element to the kitchen and is a great option if you want to keep the color neutral while having some flair. It pairs well with bold, shiny fixtures like chrome, too. Bring these wall tiles all the way up the wall or place them between the countertop and cabinets. Either way, they’re sure to make a splash.
Example: Our Dixon Drive kitchen reface featured square wall tiles with a glossy finish.
A popular trend we’re seeing in 2021 is the use of huge marble slabs for kitchen backsplashes. Instead of tiles pieced together with various shades of grout, homeowners are opting for large slabs of tile in sleek, smooth finishes. People are taking the tile all the way to the ceiling for an ultra-modern effect.
Kitchen wall tiles give you the opportunity to get creative with your finishes. You can go bold with bright colors, patterns, and textures, or keep it classy with traditional sizes, shapes, and layouts. It’s up to you. Whatever you decide, your kitchen backsplash is sure to give your kitchen that finishing touch it needs.
Every home deserves a kitchen that’s beautiful, welcoming, and functional — designed for the way you live. Established by two long-time central Ohio homebuilders and craftsmen, The Creative Kitchen Co. offers customized kitchen remodeling and refacing solutions. Contact us for more information.