5 kitchen backsplash looks without subway tile

Yes, subway tile is still lovely. It’s clean, it’s linear and its affordability allows homeowners with even a modest kitchen renovation budget to make a striking impact. The downside to this is that by becoming nearly ubiquitous, this style of kitchen backsplash tile has also started to get a little bit boring.

So, if you’re looking for a fresh alternative to the subway tile backsplash, or simply exploring different kitchen backsplash options, we hope you’ll enjoy a look at these 5 very different looks.

Penny Tile

kitchen backsplash

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Affordable, versatile and easy to work with, penny tile is quickly gaining popularity as both a kitchen backsplash and also as a floor tile option throughout the home. Its availability in an astounding array of colours and textures allows homeowners and interior designers alike to create an unlimited number of different looks that mix and match colours, create patterns and even words.

Herringbone Tile

kitchen backsplash

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Herringbone tile lends a simple, elegant look to the kitchen, but with a little extra dash of interest. It can be subtle when applied with a white or light coloured tile. However, when the tile used is a more saturated colour the result can be decidedly bold.

Moroccan Fish Scale

Beautifully curvaceous, with just a soupcon of exotic flair, Moroccan fish scale tile has been around for quite some time, but certainly seems to be enjoying a revival as of late. It can add a hint of charm to a coastal kitchen design or anchor a middle eastern look.

Patchwork Tile

If you enjoy bright colours, bold patterns or both, then you might enjoy the patchwork tile trend. Create an entire backsplash or a small statement section to add interest to your kitchen.

Made To Order

The best way to add creativity and personality to your kitchen is by forgoing “off the shelf” options all together and instead choosing a backsplash that is made to order. While researching this post, we came across the amazingly talented Edgewater Studio in Vancouver.

Edgewater Studio works directly with interior designers and homeowners to create magnificent handmade, made to order tiles. You can choose the colours and patterns from three different pre-existing collections.

If you’re still invested in the idea of installing a subway tile backsplash, but would like something that breaks away from the usual, you can always opt to install vertically, or add interest with a colourful accent line of smaller square or penny round tiles. In the end, the best choice is the one that makes you the happiest.



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