Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash Tile Pattern

Sep 7, 2020

Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash Tile Pattern

Sep 7, 2020

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Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying the long weekend. We’re taking it easy this year, which feels appropriate for Labor Day… but speaking of labor, I’ve got kitchen renovations on my mind.

Choosing a backsplash tile pattern for the kitchen is one of my favorite elements of remodeling. You can dress up builder-basic cabinets, bring in color and pattern, or calm down a bold countertop with neutral design. For our current kitchen, I’m planning to install backsplash tile that is classic, yet also adds some pizzazz to the space. I’m debating a few subway tile patterns for our space and would love to hear your vote.

subway backsplash tile pattern

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Common Backsplash Tile Patterns

If you choose a special tile, like a hexagon or other shape, you’ll probably have a clear direction for your backsplash. However, if you go with a subway tile, typically 3 x 6 but also available in other sizes, you might want to investigate pattern options. These are common choices, in addition to the standard horizontal running bond:

We installed 3 x 6 subway tile in a running bond pattern in our previous kitchen, and I loved it. I chose a simple white tile (similar) with white grout for a classic look in the gray and white kitchen.

offset backsplash tile pattern

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Tile for Our Current Kitchen Reno

We’re finally seeing the light at the end of our current DIY kitchen remodel. Our new quartz countertops have been installed, and they are beautiful! I chose Lattice by Pental Quartz and they look gorgeous with the gray cabinets. Backsplash tile and floating shelves are the last two tasks!

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Originally, I wanted to tile up to the ceiling on the wall behind the sink, but Wyatt nixed that plan. The last cabinet door won’t be able to open if we add tile to the wall next to it. That’s because we installed full overlay doors and there is no filler creating space next to the cabinet. Instead, we’ll just run the backsplash tile pattern up to the bottom of the cabinets and carry it across the sink wall at that same level. It would be easiest to use a rectangle tile for this part of the installation, so that’s what I picked, a 3 x 12″ white subway tile.

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Which Backsplash Tile Pattern Should We Pick?

Please help me choose! I’m debating between three tile patterns that will work with the small spaces where we need backsplash. I love a herringbone layout, but I already chose that for the floor tile. Do you remember that post? Here’s what the floor looks like:

herringbone floor tile pattern

THREE PATTERN CHOICES

These are the tile patterns I’m considering with this 3 x 12″ tile.

backsplash tile pattern

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CHOICE 1 – Running Bond

Standard running bond always looks good, in my opinion. Here’s a mockup of what that might look like on the third wall, between the fridge and the hutch (where the microwave lives). It’s hard to see with the white on white, but you can see the lines if you look closely.

backsplash tile mockup running bond

And here it is above the sink.

offset tile mockup

CHOICE 2 – 1/3 Offset

Since this is a 12″ tile, a staggered pattern might look more interesting than basic running bond. Can you even spot the difference? I like this one a lot.

1/3 offset mockup
1/3 offset tile mockup

CHOICE 3 – Stacked

I wonder if this stacked layout might be a tad modern for our classic house design. What do you think?

stacked layout
stacked layout

CHOICE 4 – Vertical 1/3 offset

Surprise! I know I said three choices, but I couldn’t resist this vertical 1/3 offset mockup. I love it on the back wall, but not around the sink. What do you think?

vertical offset mockup
vertical offset mockup backsplash tile pattern

Please Vote! Leave a Comment Below

Which pattern looks best to you, in our kitchen, with this tile choice? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please help me choose!

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