20 Beautiful Subway Tile Backsplash Ideas

Subway tile backsplashes have long been used in commercial kitchens because of their convenience, and they can look good. Over the years, subway tile merged into home kitchens due to their versatility, easy maintenance, and they come in a variety of looks, colors, and materials so you can choose any look you want. No matter what your style, subway tiles will go with anything, from traditional to the very modern look, so pair them with your stainless steel, brushed nickel, corian or granite counters. If you are considering adding subway tiles for a backsplash in your kitchen, you can learn some tips that will get you started and on your way to a new look for the most popular room in your home, the kitchen.

1. Choose the material

Subway tiles come in different types of material. Traditionally they are ceramic or porcelain, but you can also get them in marble glass, or travertine. The type of material you choose will affect how the finished product will look, so you will want to be sure you choose a finish that will give you the look you envision. There are more choices available than what used to be, so don’t limit your ideas to the old traditional; be creative.

2. Choose the Color

The color of your tiled backsplash will make a big impact on your kitchen, so spend some time thinking about the color and tones you want. If you are a traditional-type person, or plan to sell your home, a neutral glaze to compliment the rest of the room can be a safe way to go. If you are ready to add some character or boldness to the room, a colored trim around a neutral border, or the use of accent tiles, is another option. You will also want to choose the type of finish you use, for the final look. Types of finishes include, gloss, satin or crackle and they can change the look of your end result, so be thoughtful in your choice making.

3. Choose the shape

Subway tiles come in all shapes today. Outside of the traditional 3″x6″, there are different shapes and sizes that will each offer its own style and bit of character to the space. Choosing the right shape and size is important to the space you have available for tile, as well as the ultimate pattern and look you are trying to accomplish. Measuring the space you plan to tile, ahead of choosing the shape and size, will play a big role in what you choose. Whether you plan to only tile a small area, or the larger part of a wall, how big or small, and the shape of the subway tiles is an important part of creating the perfect subway tiled backsplash for your kitchen.

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