kitchen backsplash tile

The kitchen backsplash tile with mosaics is a new trend among kitchen designers. The backsplash is one of the most visible places in a kitchen and mosaics, or decorative mosaics is the latest innovation in kitchen design. Regular mosaics and decorative mosaics are very versatile. These tiles accommodate any budget and style in tile design.

kitchen backsplash tile

Which materials to use for backsplash tiles

1. Marble Tiles

Marble tiles in many popular shapes such as small 4×4 tiles, 3×6 tiles, interlocking tile sizes are trendy because they match favorite countertop colors like White Carrara Marble, Calacatta Gold Marble. These tiles are easy to install and not very expensive. There are many finishes among these tiles, such as polished tiles, honed tiles, textured tiles. Brushed tile is another popular finish.

Although some customers prefer fewer grout joints, and despite that, we don’t recommend large tiles 12×12 or 18×18 for backsplashes. These sizes are not the best size to accompany a long linear countertop in granite or marble. We refer to all-natural stone materials as marble since, in general, marble refers to granite, travertine, slate, onyx, and limestone tiles and countertops.

2. Marble Mosaics

Marble mosaic wall tile, which includes common sizes like 1×1, 2×2, 2×4, hexagon shape mosaic, penny round, and interlocking staggered joint pieces. Traditional marble mosaic sizes like squares and rectangular are old and classic. However, new shapes such as penny round marble, elongated limestone, and hexagon travertine pieces are an excellent choice for traditional or modern kitchens.

The new addition of waterjet mosaics, such as arabesque shape or triangle mosaics, is new and trendy. Some of these wall tiles are perfect for decorating the space between the countertop and your cabinet. That hight is. 18″ typically, and most of these small size tiles can be installed without too many cuts.

3. Glass Tiles

Glass is impervious and easy to clean in kitchen tile installations. It is available matt finish or glossy finish. If you are looking for very easy to clean material, you can’t go wrong with glass. Furthermore, glass tiles are often used with marble mosaics, or even brass pieces to give an interesting texture and feel. Sicis is one of the most well-known glass manufacturers in the World.

Sicis makes many different styles of glass, and these tiles are used by themselves or with stone. Some glass tiles are made with two layers of glass and all kinds of fabrics and other materials in between. This enables top and bottom glass surfaces and interesting texture in the middle. Other collections include back-painted glass tiles. These tiles are painted in the back, multiple times, and then fired in a kiln to make it resistant to water, etc. All of these are excellent tile ideas.

4. Ceramic Tiles

An old staple of home decoration has been ceramic tiles for centuries. These were the first manufactured tiles, and often they came in small sizes like 4×4. At that time, this was the size that fit kiln racks. Today, ceramic tiles can be produced as big as 12×24 tiles in all kinds of colors and shapes. Ceramic tiles are easy to clean and maintain. Grout joint used in ceramic tiles depends on the style of the tile. If it is a hand made style, a bigger grout joint will allow for imperfection in sizes. On the other hand, if your style is more of a precise modern look, a smaller grout joint is preferred.

These tiles are perfect for any wall tile application, and it is an easy process while installing tile. Classic subway tile is the best known ceramic tile idea, whether it is a kitchen or bathroom. See our subway tile collection.

5. Decorative Ceramics

Decorative ceramics for kitchen tile, which include hand-painted tiles, hand-painted murals, digital tile applications, and silkscreen tiles are very popular. These tiles are used in traditional kitchen tile themes such as floral tiles, farm animals, sea creatures, and so on. Country Floors carry an excellent selection of these tiles in many styles in our Heritage Tile Collections. In addition to a regular kitchen backsplash, you can use them in oven hoods, over bartop areas, and so on.

kitchen backsplash tile

6. Hand-Painted Tiles

The real art of hand-painted tile tradition is still available with few real Artisan hand painters like Debby Todd and Ann Marie. These handcrafted painters paint each and every tile one by one. Tiles are then hand-fired in old small kilns. You can commission your own theme or design ideas to our painters.

Azulejos in the Kitchen

7. Hand Glazed tiles

Tiles used in the kitchen or bathroom used to be glazed by hand. Manufacturers like Dal-Tile, Roca Tile, Iris Ceramics, and Wow ceramics replaced this tradition. These producers make excellent quality tile in enormous quantities. A single tile line in one of these factories can produce enough tile for thousands of homes. Naturally, all these tiles look very uniform and industrial. Country Floors brought hand made and hand-glazed tile tradition to the United States. Initially, most of these tiles were for kitchen tiles, wall tiles, and kitchen backsplash areas. We are still producing tiles with this old fashioned method of hand glazing, hand dipping, and hand painting. Some of these tiles have multiple layers of glazes with different formulas. See an example from our Turquise Tile collection.

kitchen backsplash tile
Hand-dipped tiles

Popular Tile Shapes

The most popular tile for backsplash is the Subway Tile. Originally produced to furnish subways and tunnels, this popular tile is 3×6. There are new shapes such as a 3×9 long subway, and 4×12 modified subway tile is a diversion from the tradition. There are beveled subway tiles, straight edge subway tile, deep bevel subway tile, and many other tile and mosaic combinations.

Arabesque shape is another well-sought shape, as well as a long pill-shaped tile. All these sizes and shapes cater to individual style. Many of the ceramics in these shapes can be customized in over 100 unique glaze colors in our Status Ceramic Collection.

Popular Tile Colors

Traditional kitchens used to have a lot of darker granite colors. Absolute black granite, Tan Brown Granite, Blue Pearl Granite, and Baltic Brown were some of the most popular granite countertops. Naturally, these darker colors needed light color tiles to make the kitchen lighter. Today light color, especially white, is very trendy. Well, known marbles like White Carrara or Calacatta Gold marble can use any type or shape of the tile. You can use the same marble in smaller subway tile or use a dark color thin brick-like our Chelsea Metallic Brick collection. You can even use mix and match tile and colors.

Kitchen Backsplash Tile Installation

These days most of the smaller size tiles come with a mesh-mounted or face taped piece. Smaller pieces are assembled so that installer can lift and apply a square foot or more. This makes installing tile easy and inexpensive. Make sure to install your countertops first and then your backsplash tile. If there is face tape, you should remove it. The final piece of the puzzle is grouting and sealing it. We recommend sealing it a couple of times after it is dry. You can choose different kinds of sealers to make your tiles more or less shiny. In addition, wet sealers make your tiles darker as opposed to natural colors. We recommend keeping some spare tiles if you need to replace a pipe or cabinet.

kitchen backsplash tiles

Usage Chart:

AffordabilityEasy to clean
$VeryCare needed
ceramic tiles$x
marble tiles$$x
marble mosaics$$x
marble waterjet designs$$$x
hand-painted tiles$$xx
hand glazed tiles$$$x
glass tiles$$

 

Kitchen Backsplash Tile Maintainance

It is easy to maintain these tiles. Be sure to keep them clean if you spill something. We don’t recommend chemical cleaners or kitchen surface cleaners on natural surfaces.

Pros and Cons of Backsplash Tiles

We recommend either complementary or contrasting tiles in your kitchen backsplash area. Dark countertops should use lighter tiles, and so on. We also recommend keeping your backsplash tile a lighter color if your kitchen does not get a lot of light.

Don’t use very small tiles if your lifestyle requires a lot of entertainment. More grout joints will make it harder to clean.

Finally, enjoy your backsplash tile from Country Floors.

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