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How to Spice Up Your Subway Tile Backsplash

Oh, subway tile! It's such a classic. Literally, the 3x6 tiles have been around since 1904, which is when the New York Subway station was designed. You might have seen some older home's bathrooms filled with colored subway tile. This was a classic mark of Victorian style. Want to know why they loved it so much? Because of the awesome cleanability factor. From what I read, they were impeccable people!
Well since then, subway tile has taken off. And for some reason, it transcends styles and design niches. Traditional, modern, contemporary, farmhouse...you name it and it works! Another plus is the price point.
It works so well, in fact, that 100% of my kitchen remodels and new construction design client's homes have chosen subway tile for the majority of their kitchens and baths in the last 3 years. Holy subway tile!! Don't get me wrong, I love it as much as the next person and honestly, I think it looks so good there's almost not a better option, but when everyone is doing the same look and I promise my client's unique spaces, I want to deliver by not giving them the same standard subway tile look that their neighbor has. 
Enter this massive roundup of all my favorite ways to spice up your subway tile backsplash! There are tons of things you can do to give your backsplash a unique look, while still going with the subway style.  
1. Different Material / Stone in a Subway Tile Shape:

This one is done in a beautiful marble. Yes, the price is going to be significantly higher than ceramic tiles, but it's certainly a way to bring more elegance and style to your space. There are also faux marble tiles, but I'd be really careful with those-- they mostly end up looking fake and at that point, I'd suggest sticking to a genuine tile you can afford :)

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My client's laundry room features a stainless steel subway tile and it's such a fun look. It's not over-the-top crazy, but the size and finish of the tile is different enough to give the room a special look.
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2. Colored Subway Tile:

Think out of the box a bit and you might find another color that would be more effective in your design plan anyways! A lot of people want the look of a white, bright and airy kitchen, but when they choose white cabinets, white counters AND a white backsplash, sometimes it feels a little sterile. 
You can see we went with a warm greige subway in the below client kitchen of mine from a couple years ago. Doing this color pulled the greige colorway out of the countertop and pulled everything together!
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Big risk = big reward! I think this blue herringbone tile pattern Young House Love did a few years ago turned out great. While I would probably only do this in a vacation home, I just love it. It's whimsical and sweet and this shade of light blue is PERFECTION to me. 
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3. Subway Tile Laid in a Different Pattern:
The most common style subway tile is laid in is called "offset joint" or "running bond" which is where you set the tile at the 1/2 way point from the one above it, like below:
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But why not mix it up and lay the tile in a different pattern?! Same product, whole new look. This one is laid in a zig zag herrinbone style. It definitely reads a bit more modern / contemporary, but in the right context, I love it!
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This one is called Crosshatch and it's so cool when done right. It's a very bold look, so I love that they did it on just one wall here.
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The Stacked look below can really go with any style as well, especially when grouted in a color very close to the tile color. It almost just disappears here and creates a nice sleek background.
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Another herringbone pattern, but this time it's laid on a diagonal. This is gorgeous! If it was me, I'd do it in white grout to cut on how bold it is, but it's still really lovely here (especially with the amazing all glass shower and brass accents!)
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4. Textured Subway Tile

So you want to do white subway tile. That's totally fine! Maybe you can think about going with a textured look to spice it up.
This first one is actually a little off white and looks a little more gray in this photo, but I LOVE this so much. Of course, it's designed by Emily Henderson!
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This is one of my client's homes below and we went with a handmade subway tile, which means the tile wasn't perfectly smooth. It looks handmade, so it has an awesome texture to it, giving a really beautiful sheen when light hits it.
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Stop into any Starbucks bathroom and you'll probably see the bevel tile on their walls! I was inspecting the one at my local Starbucks today and it's not grouted very well, so it's a poor example ;) But THIS bathroom, on the other hand, is gorgeous. The thing with white subway tile with a little detail, like the bevel, is that one single room can take a lot of it! It's not too overwhelming. (Also, how pretty is this tiled hardwood?!)
One of my clients just put in a bevel backsplash in her kitchen and it's so lovely. I can't wait to share!
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5. Play with Size:
A really simple change to subway tile is going with a size other than the standard 3x6! In a shower you could go with a much bigger size (it's cheaper to lay, too!), in a kitchen you could consider doing something a little smaller like Emily Henderson's 2x6 size in her kitchen:

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I helped my cousin design their kitchen a couple months ago and we did the standard 3x6" size around the whole kitchen, but switched it up behind the range with a 2x6 size in a herringbone pattern. Subtle but effective!
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6. Switch up the Grout:
Last but not least, your look totally changes depending on the grout color you choose. I pulled lots of examples for you! A general rule of thumb is the closer the grout color to your tile, the more you'll let the tile shine as a whole. The more contrast in the grout from the tile color, the more you'll eye will see the pattern the tile was laid in and the more you'll notice the grout. Neither one is a "right" option, they're just different looks to take into consideration! Typically the more contrast, the more modern look.
White Tile / Gray Grout
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White Tile / White grout
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Black (Square) Tile / White Grout
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Gray Blue Tile / White Grout
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Marble with gray and white veining / Light Gray Grout with gold trim (Had to include this because it's so unique and I LOVE IT! I have no idea where to get this-- I'm so sorry! I wish I could find it, but after much Googling...nothing! Ha ;))
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So...what's your favorite look?! Describe your dream kitchen / bathroom in the comments. I love hearing what everyone else loves!
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Neutrals are timeless for home decor, they never go out of style and are loved by most people but some home owners may consider them banal and cheesy – neutrals are everywhere, they may seem boring. How to avoid that? Choose a non-cheesy and flexible neutral shade to have a wide variety of decor choices! I think that greige is right such a color – partly beige, partly grey, it’s much more flexible than both and looks non-typical.

Greige is a lovely neutral color, it can be more greyish or more beige-like depending on what you are looking for and goes well with lots of other colors – white, lighter neutrals, of course with all the shades of beige and grey, with dark colors and can be accented with shiny metals for a more glam feel. Greige is amazing for all kinds of spaces, from rustic to minimalist, and everywhere it looks totally cohesive.

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a beautiful greige kitchen with shaker cabinets, white stone countertops and a white subway tile backsplash plus touches of copper

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a beautiful greige kitchen with shaker cabinets, white stone countertops, glass cabinets, floating shelves and white stone countertops

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a catchy greige kitchen with shaker cabinets, built-in shelves, black handles, a white square tile backsplash and black stone countertops

Applying greige to your kitchen, you get a timeless and elegant look and a soft color that is never into your face. Dark greige kitchen cabinets will give you a modern feel, while light greige will make your kitchen look traditional and timeless. You can also combine a darker color with light gray for an eclectic mix of styles that’s just perfect for those who want to keep their options open. Greige is the easiest way to bring together any space. It’s practical, it’s chic, and it’s simply beautiful at the end of the day.

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a delicate greige kitchen with shaker cabinets, a white planked backsplash, vintage appliances and black and neutral fixtures is amazing

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a delicate greige kitchen with shaker cabinets, white stone countertops and a matching sleek backsplash, simple knobs is a lovely idea

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a minimalist greige kitchen with sleek cabinets, white stone countertops, brass touches and white walls is amazing

If you are looking for durability, greige cabinets have a few extra tricks up their sleeves compared to traditional white and light gray colors. The dark color hides minor blemishes such as chipping paint and dings from protruding objects, while the lighter shade makes it easier for you to keep your furniture looking new. Plus, darker shades tend to hide stains better too!

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Backsplash Tile

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Choosing the tile for your backsplash is one of the best parts of redecorating. Why? Since it generally covers a much smaller area than your main wall or floor tile, you can feel free to have more fun with it. That means that incorporating pops of color, a unique material or an interesting shape is less risky. Whether you opt for a detailed mosaic or a classic subway tile, you’ll find something you love from our hundreds of options. For more detailed backsplash tile ideas, visit our inspiration page.

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Kitchen with blue cabinets and white marble arabesque backsplash above sink.

Add Style Elements or A Pop of Color with Backsplash Tiles

Updating and modernizing your home can be as easy as updating your kitchen’s backsplash. It allows you to add a pop of color, a distinct shape or a stand-out pattern to your room—and it’s one of the quicker and easier tiling projects to take on yourself. Plus, there’s so much more than classic white subway tile. Explore the multitude of options below.

Color

Blue and Black Round Tile Wall Sink

We’re all for classic, white tile backsplashes, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to take a little risk (and have a little fun). Go for dramatic contrast to light cabinets with bold, dark backsplash tile, or brighten up a dark room with an unexpected pop of color. Can’t pick just one? A colorful mosaic has the best of all worlds.

Shape

Marble tiles surround bathroom sink.
Metal Copper Pennyround Tile Dining Area
Faux Wood Ceramic Rectangular Tile Wash Area

So, you’ve chosen a color; now what shape will you use? If you’ve opted for a neutral color, using a unique shape is a great way to add some interest to your room. There are more possibilities than you may have realized: rectangular subway tiles, arabesques, penny rounds, squares, hexagons and even natural pebbles (we’re not sure what that shape is called!). But don’t worry—they all make beautiful backsplashes, and it’s just a matter of preference.

Material

grey  tiles Kitchen Area.
Green glass subway tile kitchen backsplash with herringbone mosaic accent.
Sophisticated white and grey carrara marble wall with gold accents on kitchen backsplash.

Available in glass, stone, ceramic, granite, marble, porcelain, encaustic cement and more, tile is one of the most versatile design elements of your decor. Each material creates a different look and has its own properties, so there is a perfect tile for everyone, every space and every project. Since your backsplash is an accent area, this is the perfect time to explore some of the more unique material options and really make it stand out.

Pattern

Marble tiles surrounded bathroom wash basin.
Mottled White Slanted Rectangle Tile Kitchen
Kitchen with subway tile backsplash unique pattern.

A classic brick pattern always looks great, but there are so many ways to play with patterns in your tile layout. Try flipping the tile on its head to create a completely different look. You’ll be surprised how much a different pattern can change your room. Herringbone, angled, crosshatch, horizontally or vertically stacked, offset…there are so many more possibilities than most people realize, each one giving you a unique look and feel. View more tile pattern possibilities!

Texture

Dark brown reclaimed wood wall tile with mosaic in rustic bar area.
Modern bathroom vanity with white textured designer wall tiles.
Stone Pebble and Wood Tiled Cooking Station

Nothing brings drama to a room like a textured backsplash. Add the illusion with patterned and faux-textured tiles or create depth with actual 3-D tiles. Think of 3-D tiles as an alternative to wallpaper that add pattern and color. Stone, mosaics, geometric ceramic or porcelain, faux-wood and pattern-printed tiles all serve to make your backsplash the stunning focal point of your kitchen.

Artistic Accents

Backsplash tiles.
Harmony Silverleaf Rough Textured Tile
Shower wall with orange and grey geometric patterned tile.

Treat your backsplash as a blank canvas—it’s the perfect opportunity to add a work of art to any room. Mosaics, accent tiles or patterned tiles you can mix and match give you an original, artistic look that will last for years.

Ask the Tile Experts

  • Why install a backsplash?

    There are a number of reasons to install a backsplash in your home. A tile backsplash will protect your wall from moisture and stains in high-use areas of the home, like behind the kitchen and bathroom sinks. This means that cleaning will be easier, and your walls will be protected, lasting longer. And best of all, it's an opportunity to add style, color and interest to any room.

  • How thick are the tiles?

    The thickness of tiles varies widely, ranging from approximately 7 mm up to 12 mm. Ceramic tiles tend to be the thinnest, generally ranging from 8 mm to 10 mm. 10 mm is the standard thickness for porcelain tiles. Natural stone tiles can be up to 12 mm thick.

  • When do I need to seal it?

    Not all tile needs to be sealed. Ceramic or porcelain tiles likely won’t need to be sealed. Stone tiles, on the other hand, usually do need to be sealed because their porous surfaces are more susceptible to retaining the things that come into contact with their surfaces. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Your grout should be sealed for the same reason—if unsealed, its surface is more likely to absorb spills and stains. Grout will last longer and be easier to clean when it is sealed. Some grouts sold at The Tile Shop have sealers built into them to save you a step, so always refer to the instructions to confirm whether or not you need to seal your tile and grout.

  • How should I clean my tile?

    The cleaning procedure for each tile depends on its style and material. The important thing to remember is that, if tile is maintained properly, it should be easy to clean. Porcelain is usually the easiest type of tile to care for. Natural stone is the most sensitive to harsh cleaners so special care should be taken.

  • Do tile and grout stain easily?

    Tiles that are properly installed and maintained should not stain easily. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most stain resistant which is why they can sometimes be left unsealed. Natural stone tiles have a more porous surface which is why sealing is usually recommended. Once stone tiles and grout are sealed, they are much less likely to stain and are easier to clean and care for.

  • How do you pick the right backsplash for your counter or cupboards?

    This is where your personal style and taste come into play. You can choose to coordinate your tile with your cabinets and countertops or you can choose to contrast them. Your backsplash can be the attention-getting centerpiece of your room or it can be subtler to let other design elements shine. The key is not having too many focal points in a room at once. Prioritize your favorite elements and let the rest serve to make those elements look good. If you choose to feature your backsplash, the sky’s the limit. Unique colors, materials and shapes can all be utilized here.

  • Can you mix different tile materials for your floor, walls and backsplash?

    Absolutely! This is the place to experiment and have fun. We encourage you to mix materials to your heart’s desire. And if you need help choosing, stop by one of our locations for expert design help.

  • Where do you end the backsplash?

    A backsplash generally stretches from the countertop to underneath the cabinets vertically and to the edge of the countertop horizontally.

  • Can you install a backsplash over wallpaper or paneling?

    We do not recommend installing tile on top of any other materials and always suggest you start with a clean, blank wall or floor.

  • How does backsplash tile work around electrical outlets?

    Just like you would tile around the toilet or sink in your bathroom, simply cut your tile to fit around electrical outlets in your backsplash. We recommend using The Tile Shop’s Beast brand of tile saw to get a smooth cut every time. You can even get decorative switch plates to coordinate with your tile.

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  • DURABLE, RESISTANT TO HUMIDITY AND HEAT: Smart Tiles are robust and resistant to heat from stovetops. They are also suitable as a backsplash in bathrooms (not suitable for inside the shower). Follow the installation instructions to ensure a long life-span and a trendy, smart new look for your interior in minutes.
  • QUICK AND EASY INSTALLATION: Simplify your life with these innovative stick on wall tiles, that have been specially designed for kitchen and bathroom backsplash areas. No more messy, time-consuming and nerve wracking tile installations with grout or glue. Effortless DIY, easy to follow instructions included! Clean and dust free installation.
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