Subway Tiles For Kitchen Backsplash Designs

The use of mosaic tiles in kitchen backsplashes is a fairly popular concept that has been in practice for quite some time. These small square tiles provide the room with a clean look while adding texture to the walls as well as the opportunity for an unusual pattern.

One of the options with these types of tiles are a similar type of tile that is known as the subway tile. These tiles have been around for many, many years and they have become a very popular choice in tile design. They are rectangular in shape and they provide the wall with a fresh look that never goes out of style. As the name suggests these tiles are modelled on the tiles that were used in the New York subway.

There are many different types and styles of superb looking subway tiles for use as a kitchen backsplash. Take a look at the selection of subway tiles for sale below and make a selection to get more information.

Mother of Pearl Groutless White Subway Mosaic Tiles
Mother of Pearl Groutless White Subway Mosaic Tiles
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SAMPLE Stainless Steel Brick Subway Mosaic Tile Kitchen Backsplash Sink Wall
SAMPLE Stainless Steel Brick Subway Mosaic Tile Kitchen Backsplash Sink Wall
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Tic Tac Tiles High Quality Peel and Stick Wall Tile in Subway White 10
Tic Tac Tiles High Quality Peel and Stick Wall Tile in Subway White 10
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True Gray Subway 55 Square Foot Tiles 44 Pieces per Unit
True Gray Subway 55 Square Foot Tiles 44 Pieces per Unit
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True Gray Subway 55 Square Foot Tiles 44 Pieces per Unit
True Gray Subway 55 Square Foot Tiles 44 Pieces per Unit
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True Gray Subway 55 Square Foot Tiles 44 Pieces per Unit
True Gray Subway 55 Square Foot Tiles 44 Pieces per Unit
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West Elm Kate Spade Saturday Fabric 54 Subway tiles Black White REctangles
West Elm Kate Spade Saturday Fabric 54 Subway tiles Black White REctangles
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Tic Tac Tiles Peel and Stick Wall Tile in Subway White 10 Fast Ship
Tic Tac Tiles Peel and Stick Wall Tile in Subway White 10 Fast Ship
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ON SALE  SUBWAY TILE STRETCH DINING CHAIR COVER FOREST COMES IN 4 COLORS
ON SALE SUBWAY TILE STRETCH DINING CHAIR COVER FOREST COMES IN 4 COLORS
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SUBWAY TILE STRETCH DINING CHAIR COVER BROWN COMES IN 4 COLORS CLEARANCE
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Surf Glass Subway Tile 3 x 6 Sample
Surf Glass Subway Tile 3 x 6 Sample
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Carrara Marble Italian White Bianco Carrera 3x6 Marble Subway Tile Honed
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The standard size for subway tiles are 3” x 6”, however they are actually available in quite an extensive range of sizes from larger tiles measuring 4” x 12” to smaller mini sized subway tiles measuring 1” x 2” as well as longer tiles measuring 1” x 4”.

The subway tile looks particularly effective as glass tiles with their luminescent effect sparkling when the light hits the edges. They are available in just about any color palette imaginable and although they look very effective when a single color is used, they really take on another look altogether when a series of matching colors are placed in the same backsplash.

Kitchen Subway Backsplash Tile Ideas

Although the original place in which subway tile backsplashes were seen was in the bathroom, their use as kitchen backsplashes is becoming more common. A subway tile kitchen backsplash can certainly define a modern kitchen space. Larger subway tiles can provide a fresh surface that will be simple to clean and provide a solid wall for most styles.

However, a much more stunning effect could be achieved by going for a look that is more adventurous with long, thin glass subway tiles to provide an amazing finish that would pick up the lights, whether they were overhead lights or low-positioned lighting projecting upwards from the counters.

An original 3" x 6" subway tile in a neutral color such as white can be used in the kitchen to create a very dramatic accent that will allow the kitchen cabinets and counter tops to stand out. If you have a dark granite or marble counter top below a white backsplash the effect is going to be very dramatic.

There are many different types of subway tile backsplash designs available to choose from. The experts at your local tile outlet will be able to provide you with an endless selection using combinations that you may not have even considered.

A mini subway tile backsplash does not refer to the size of the backsplash itself. It is actually referring to the size of the tiles that are used to create the backsplash. In this case, mini subway tiles are the tiles measuring around 1" high by around 2 inches long, although they are also available in longer versions. These tiles provide an interesting effect and are certainly indicative of a forward-thinking design option.

The following is a brief display of some of the mini subway tile backsplashes that are available.

A grey mini subway tile kitchen backsplash provides a modern and elegant look and the line of dark mini subway tiles creates an effective border treatment.

These mini subway tiles are put together as a river stone effect with the colors nicely complementing each other. They would look particularly effective combined with a granite benchtop.

This predominantly green backsplash makes great use of the mini subway tiles above a plain white kitchen bench.

Some of the most dramatic examples of subway backsplash tiles are also some of the smallest. This drama emanates from tiles measuring 1" x 4", long skinny tiles that work exceptionally well to create eye-catching lines across the kitchen walls.

Reasons To Use Subway Tiles In the Kitchen

People might choose to use subway tiles on the walls of their kitchen for a number of reasons, some of which will have more to do with convenience while others will be for aesthetic reasons. For starters, kitchen subway tile backsplash ideas are easy to find when searching online. In fact, subway tiles are more popular than ever before with a new range of sizes to choose from. In the past, 2” x 6” tiles were the standard; however, that size has now shifted to 3” x 6”.

These tiles are available in natural stone, glass, ceramic, and porcelain. This makes subway tiles perfect for use on almost any home, regardless of its size, décor or age. Original subway tiles were flat all the way to the edge and were set with very small grout lines; this made it very easy to clean, unlike mosaic tiles.

A glass tile is not only beautiful but is also luminescent. When placed near any light source, glass tile seems to glow from within. Ceramic tile is affordable. It can be set in many different patterns and comes in a wide color range. If you have a limited budget, ceramic is the perfect choice; porcelain is beautiful but more expensive. A smart consumer will use the more affordable tiles for the majority of the backsplash and use porcelain on the accents only.

Subway tile ideas include plain white tiles with little or no design element to multi-colored tiles placed in such a way as to create unique and intricate patterns. When restoring an older home it is important to keep the “original feel” and the best way to do that is by utilizing materials that match as closely as possible to the original. Subway tiles are perfect for older homes since this type of tile is more forgiving; especially, when trying to place on a slightly, crooked wall.

A kitchen subway tile backsplash will be the focal point of any food preparation area. A tile backsplash is easy to clean and will last through years of use. Update your kitchen, easily and affordably with attractive subway tiles.

Black Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash

One type of backsplash look that may not have been considered is a black tile backsplash. Whether they are used solely on their own or as a part of a more complete effect, black subway tiles deliver great depth to the walls. It is not often that you would consider a completely black wall in the kitchen although it would work very nicely if used against a backdrop of light or white colored kitchen cabinets and a light colored counter top.

One of the very effective ways in which black subway tiles can be used in the kitchen is as a row of highlighting tiles within a white backsplash. The black tiles can help to define a certain part of the wall or can describe a delineating height to take note of.

White Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Here is the more traditional looking subway tiles used for a kitchen backsplash. The white tiles provide a nice ultra-clean backsplash that should be easy to keep clean, particularly if the subway tiles are the more modern glass subway tiles. White tiles can be used in just about any situation and will add style to the room. They will offset the counters nicely and will sit well behind stoves and sinks alike.

There is nothing boring or unimaginative about choosing to lay a white subway tile backsplash on the kitchen walls. In fact it can look ultra chic.

Among the many subway tile kitchen design ideas are different sized tiles from the larger sizes that we would consider to be a standard subway tile down to the smaller mini subway tiles that have become increasingly popular. Also very effective is a mixture of subway tile colors that create a sparkling mosaic effect. A long skinny subway tile can be very effective for creating a backsplash look that appears to be flowing along the wall. By being careful with your backsplash subway tiles patterns you can turn your kitchen into an ultra modern looking room.

A particularly strong kitchen design can be achieved by taking into consideration the surrounding features when determining the tiles that you are going to use. Creating a strong kitchen sink and subway tile combination will ensure that the effect will work in both cases - the sink and the backsplash should look as though they belong to one another.

Consider more decorative ideas while reading more about backsplashes for kitchens and blue backsplash tiles.

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