Tips for Choosing Your Kitchen Backsplash

May 14, 2021 | Kitchens

When planning a kitchen remodel, there are a lot of different components to consider. Cabinetry and countertops are both big design elements, but the kitchen backsplash is a key piece that can help tie your kitchen design together.

 “Your backsplash is a great place to add some personality to your kitchen,” said Sydney Monson, one of JBDB’s designers.

Tile is one of the most common materials when it comes to kitchen backsplashes. Not only are there a wide range of colors, shapes, and patterns, but tile backsplashes are also durable, water resistant, and easy to wipe down.

But if you’ve ever looked on Pinterest or at a tile shop, you know that the options are endless for what type of tile to choose! Our designers provided a few tile backsplash ideas to help you narrow down what options might be best for your kitchen remodel.

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If your dream kitchen design is clean and classic, opt for a marble or white subway tile backsplash. These classic, subdued options will add style but won’t steal the spotlight from the rest of your kitchen.

“Classic doesn’t mean boring! A simple white subway tile can be a clean and polished look,” said Kayleigh Queoff, one of JBDB’s designers.


Not all tile is perfectly smooth – some have raised patterns or texture. These types of tile add subtle visual interest and depth to your kitchen, without necessarily adding a lot of color. Textured tile can also give a more hand-crafted, rustic look to your backsplash.

Remodeled kitchen with subway tile kitchen backsplash


If you want your backsplash tile to make a statement, try a patterned tile! Choose from geometric patterns, floral patterns, bright colors, or vintage-looking tile. Patterned backsplashes are on-trend and a great way to incorporate stunning visual interest into your kitchen. 


Textured kitchen backsplash with white cabinetry


If you want to showcase your creative side in your kitchen – go bold! Whether it’s picking a bold patterned tile, combining different types of tile in your backsplash, or choosing an eye-catching color, you don’t have to be limited to a simple white if that isn’t your style.

Other Details to Consider

a white marble kitchen


Beyond the tile itself, there are a few other things to keep in mind with your tile backsplash to make it feel truly customized to your space:

Grout comes in a variety of shades, so think about whether you want your grout to provide contrast or to blend in with your tile.

Some tiles come with a high-gloss finish, and others are more matte. Keep in mind what type of finish works best with your other kitchen selections.

Are you doing your tiles vertically or horizontally? Stacked, staggered, or in a herringbone pattern? Our designers can walk you through the options to help you determine what will work best.


Get Started on the Kitchen of Your Dreams!

At James Barton Design-Build, we work with our homeowners to help them not feel overwhelmed with design decisions. Our experienced team helps homeowners focus on what they really want, and works with them every step of the way to create spaces that are functional, beautiful, and reflect their family. Contact us today to get started!


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