I typed ‘kitchen backsplash’ into Google and it gave me all the pictures and ideas I’ll ever need for a new backsplash. Gotta love Google, right? I went through page after page clipping and storing away my favorite styles and colors, so I can revisit them later.
But while I was going through them, I realized that some of the same styles, patterns, and colors just kept coming back up. Just an FYI. When it comes to kitchen backsplash, tiles rule. So, you can forget about slabs for now.
Then, a question came to mind. “What are some timeless kitchen backsplash tiles?”. You know, the ones that you can slap onto your kitchen walls and have look just as amazing 25 years down the line? The ones that don’t seem to be going out of style any time soon? And May never go out of style?
Yup. Those kitchen backsplash tiles. I’ve compiled a list of the four most popular backsplash tiles I’ve seen in these photos, and I’m going to share them with you. Are you ready to take the plunge? Great…
First Thing’s First, Ditch the Squares, Get with the Rectangles
After looking at countless pictures for countless hours, I’ve noticed that rectangles look way better. Don’t get me wrong here, I know a lot of you love your ‘Sponge Bob Square’ shaped tiles. But the rectangle’s where it’s at. If you do the search yourself, you’re probably going to see square backsplash tiles in more traditional kitchen settings.
And I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, traditional kitchens are losing the popularity contest. I recently made a post about the top 4 kitchen remodeling styles, and you can check it out anytime. Now back to these squares.
So, what’s the big deal with squares? Why aren’t they as popular? Honestly, I don’t know. But what I can tell you is that they just look off. Maybe it’s because we’ve gotten so used to seeing rectangular backsplash tiles that the squares just don’t cut it anymore.
It could also be that rectangular-shaped tiles make the kitchen look slightly bigger. The tiles look as though they’ve been stretched. I’ll probably have to speak to a kitchen designer to get more insight on it, and then update this post. But of now, how about we get into some of the most prominent styles I’ve seen?
Ceramic/Porcelain. The Undisputed Kings of Kitchen Backsplash
Both ceramic and porcelain tiles lead the kitchen backsplash popularity contest by a landslide. In fact, there was a recent study done by Houzz.com, and the study showed that ceramic/porcelain tiles are numero uno with 57% of the vote.
To give you an idea of how lopsided the study was. The second-place material was marble, with 10% of the vote. Need I go into the others? Didn’t think so. What makes these tiles so popular is their versatility. You can get porcelain or ceramic tiles in literally ANY color you can think of.
It’s kind of scary thinking about all the colors you have to choose from, isn’t it? Or maybe it’s just me. Not only are they plentiful in color, they’re also plentiful in patterns and textures. With porcelain/ceramic tiles, you’ll never have to worry about finding one that best suits your kitchen décor.
And that’s my promise to you. Let’s shake on it. Now, there isn’t much I can tell you about porcelain/ceramic tiles you don’t already know. I mean, they’re all over the place. On every website, in every kitchen, and everywhere you look on google.
But what I can do for you, is refresh your minds about all the benefits of these tiles:
- They’re affordable
- They’re versatile
- They’re easy to clean
- They’re a timeless option
They’ll never go out of style. They’re like ice cream. They’re here to stay.
Mosaic. Small in Size, Massive in Impact
Another fan favorite that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon is the tried and tested mosaic tiles. Mosaic tiles are extra small tiles that you can get in a variety of different colors. You can even mix and match different colors together to really make your dwellings stand out.
But why is Mosaic so popular? One word my friends. Flexibility. If you thought that ceramic/porcelain was versatile, you clearly haven’t met the mosaic before. The small size of these tiles means that you can create more unique patterns and designs.
Think about it. Mosaic tiles usually come in 1” X 1”. And with such small tiles at your fingertips, you can get even more creative. Maybe you arrange the mosaic to spell a word or two. Or maybe you align them in such a way that you can create shapes that weren’t possible with bigger ceramic/porcelain tiles.
Just an FYI. Mosaic refers to the size of the tiles and not necessarily the material of it. So, you can certainly get porcelain or ceramic tiles in mosaic sizes.
Bring a Slice of New York City Home with You Through Subway Tiles
The subway tiles in the New York subway lines are dirty. So, maybe you don’t want to bring that version of them to your home, but you get what I’m trying to say. Subway kitchen tiles look awesome. Classy, elegant, and they go with any décor style, or color for that matter.
When you look at kitchens with subway tile backsplashes, you see what every kitchen should look like. There’s no mistaking that this room is used to help raise a family. You know what I mean? Let me put it another way. Subway tiled kitchen backsplashes makes you think of a home. It gives you the feeling of “this is what home feels like”. Am I right? Or maybe it’s just me again. Who knows.
What subway tiles do better than any other type of backsplash, is it simplifies the kitchen experience. It doesn’t take away from the rest of the décor, it isn’t screaming “look at me, look at me!”. Instead, it just sits in the background while providing you with enough support for you and your kitchen walls to get through your tasks.
I mean, isn’t that what a kitchen backsplash is supposed to do? Protect the paint on your walls from spills and stains. Don’t get me wrong here guys, being creative and colorful with your backsplash is always great. It’s just that with all those extra colors and patterns, you kind of take away from the natural beauty of the kitchen.
But what do I know? I’m not a designer, nor some kitchen expert. I’m simply a man who daydreams about the perfect kitchen a tad bit too much. And I’ll admit that. I like to cook, and I want to cook in a nice kitchen. I’m not wrong for wanting that, am I?
Neutral Colors Carry You a Lot Further than Loud Ones
Most of us want our kitchen to stand out from the rest. We all want our kitchen to look so good that it could be featured on HGTV. Well, maybe not all of us. But a good portion of us would love to achieve that sort of look.
Having loud colored backsplashes distracts you away from everything else that’s going on in that kitchen of yours. But again, I’m no expert here. I simply call it like I see it, while using whatever common sense I have. And what I see, I’m sure many of you can agree with.
You see, neutral colors are called neutral for a reason. They don’t veer off any particular scheme. They stay where they’re supposed to, adding just enough color contrast without taking all of the spotlight. Which is what a timeless kitchen is supposed to be.
It’s supposed to be able to blend in with any era. It’s supposed to give you a kitchen that can be passed down for generations without heavy renovations. And it’s supposed to provide you with all the essentials you’ll ever need in a basic yet not so basic way. Does that make sense? Gosh, I hope does, because it made a lot of sense to me.
Now, you don’t have to rummage through a bunch of Google pages looking for kitchen ideas. If you’re looking for timeless kitchen designs, I’ve already done the work for you. All you have to do is look for the particular styles I’ve mentioned in this post.
Remember, rectangular tiles, ceramic/porcelain, subway, and keep to neutral colors, and you’ll be okay. I can promise you that. And even though I’m no expert on kitchens and interior design, I still have eyes, and I know what looks good. You’re no different. You can see it too. You know what looks good. You have style, and if you think you don’t, trust me, you most definitely do.
Man, I hope this post was helpful to you guys. I really enjoyed looking through all of the pages and sharing my findings with you. Hopefully, I’ve given you enough food for thought so you can now venture out into the kitchen abyss and find the perfect kitchen décor for you and your home.