Kitchen Tile Design Ideas


We’ve all been victims of the kitchen mess. A bubbling pot, a pan that splatters, a dropped bowl—make cleanup easier in all of these situations with tile that protects your kitchen surfaces. Whether on the backsplash, the walls, the floors or all three, one of the best properties of tile is how easily it wipes clean. Tile is versatile enough that you’ll always find one to coordinate or contrast with your cupboards, counters and existing décor.

herringbone tile backsplash behind stove

Such a great idea - add interest to your kitchen with a tile backsplash.

2018 Kitchen Tile Design Trends

Often what’s trending in design is trending in tile, too. In 2018, we’re seeing lots of hexagons, dark, dramatic colors, like navy blue, dark green and black, brick looks, patterned or encaustic tiles and mixed metallics. Whether you’re accomplishing one of these looks with tile or your other décor, there is always a way to make your tile work with the style. Use a bold tile on your backsplash, wall or floor to incorporate a design trend, or choose a neutral tile and add interest through paint, cabinetry and décor.

kitchen wall tile idea

The color of this subway tile does an excellent job of tying together the cabinets and countertops.

subway tile over stove

This clean subway tile design allows the bold color of the hood to serve as an eye-catching focal point.

marble tile over stove

Add elegance throughout your kitchen by matching your marble backsplash to your countertops.

Subway Tile Accents

Popular but always classic, subway tile is a perfect choice for any kitchen. Keep the look fresh and original in a bold color, a unique pattern or with a contrasting grout color. One of the best things about subway tile is the variety of patterns in which it can be installed. A neutral color installed in an unexpected pattern makes a big statement.

kitchen wall subway tile

Add a twist to your subway tile design by installing a textured tile in a unique pattern.

subway tile with mosaic

Want to add contrast to your subway tile backsplash? Install a recessed shelf with a bold tile design.

Want to see more? Browse our subway tile.

Tile Mosaics

Mosaics are often used on the backsplash because they are made up of small-scale tiles, perfect in this space, but don’t be afraid to create a whole accent wall. Use glass, marble, ceramic, porcelain and mosaics made with other materials to add pops of color, shine and shape to your kitchen.

white mosaic tile in kitchen

Mosaic tiles are an effective way to add interesting lines to a white wall.

kitchen wall mosaic tile

Get creative with unorthodox shapes and sizes that will make your walls stand out.

Want to see more options? Browse our mosaic tile.

Kitchen Backsplash Designs

Backsplashes are not only functional, protecting your walls from splashes and spills, but they are fashionable, too. Think of your backsplash as the jewelry to your kitchen—that little bit of sparkle that completes a look. Have fun, and get creative with your backsplash while you protect the area around your sink, range and countertops. Glass, textured tile, metallic tile, mosaics—in a wide variety of options, there’s a backsplash tile to reflect your unique style.

mosaic backsplash over sink

Your kitchen backsplash is a perfect opportunity to add a pattern that really pops.

mosaic backsplash over stove

If your kitchen cabinets and countertops are white, consider a tile design that will add some personality.

Browse our selection of backsplash tile.

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Kitchen Floors

Whether you have a spacious kitchen that’s the entertaining hub of the home or a small space just big enough for you, a tile floor is always a perfect choice for your kitchen floor. In a room that’s used almost every day, it’s important to have something that’s both easy to clean and durable. From modern to classic, tile can easily achieve almost style you’ve been dreaming of while retaining these easy-care properties.

tile floor in kitchen

Tile flooring is a great fit in a kitchen because it’s stylish, durable and easy to clean.

coordinating floor and wall tile

Our wide selection of colors and finishes means that you’ll find a great fit for your room’s décor.

wood tile floor in kitchen

Available in a variety of shades, wood-look tile flooring offers a natural look with exceptional durability.

Browse our selection of kitchen floor tile.

Design Tip: Choosing Materials

In the room where your guests will gather (and their spills and messes will, too), you can’t go wrong using tile. Ceramic, porcelain, glass and stone tiles all clean up easily once they are installed correctly and give your kitchen timeless style. Plus, your floor tiles can be heated to make this popular entertaining area even cozier. We can’t help with the cooking, but with a beautifully tiled kitchen, we’ll make sure cleaning up is easier than ever.

glass tile for kitchen backsplash

Add a lively dose of personality by installing a striking glass tile pattern in your kitchen.

ceramic kitchen backsplash

Ceramic tile stands up extremely well to moisture and is available in a multitude of shapes and patterns.

Design Tip: Choosing Colors

You can dress up your tiled kitchen in almost as many colors as paint…except you can add texture, shine, patterns and sparkle! Whether you want a bright, white kitchen or a colorful, bold one, tile will ensure that the color you choose for your kitchen lasts you years. With the variety of finishes and colors available at The Tile Shop, you never need to worry that you won’t find something to match your kitchen cabinets and counters. If you’re unsure what will match, look for pictures in our Customer Room Gallery that resemble the look you want, or stop in and ask one of our experts.

white kitchen tile over stove

Installing white tile in your kitchen doesn’t mean that it can’t add an eye-catching effect.

dark backsplash with white cabinets

A stark contrast to the white cabinets, this unique pattern was a wise choice for this backsplash.

stone backsplash with dark cabinets

This natural stone backsplash really complements the dark wood tones in this rustic kitchen.

unique light and dark tile mix over stove

Your backsplash is a great opportunity to flex your creative muscles and make a big statement.

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