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Kitchen Backsplash Tile Ideas

Having a plain backsplash in your kitchen is a sure fire way to make the entire kitchen look boring and unimaginative. There is really no reason not to have one installed when there are so many amazing things you can choose from, its a relatively cheap project, and the effects it has on the entire kitchen are breath taking. There are lots of different materials you can use for your kitchen backsplash and design ideas you can employ. Lets take a look at some of ways our customers have used our tile.

Here our client used our sky blue glass tile to add an accent color to their kitchen backsplash. By using a glass tile on their backsplash they were able to reflect more light into the room and keep that light airy feeling that they wanted. Also they were able to break up the white of the cabinets at increase the visual space of the kitchen.

You don’t have to limit yourself to just one material for your backsplash like our client did above. Our next client used our stainless steel 1×2 tile behind their stove and then our white glass tile for the rest of their backsplash. Here our client choose to use their dark counter top to visually separate the kitchen, and changed up the material from glass to stainless steel to give you nice visual accent, while still keeping to their monochromatic theme that they desired.

Another idea you might enjoy is to use a number of different colors in your backsplash. People have been using this technique for a while now but with 1″ x 1″ tiles or better known as mosaic tiles. Some are turned off by the busyness of the smaller tiles and are now turning to using 3″ x 6″ tiles to create their mosaic backsplashes. Here our client used our Sagebrush, Sky, Glacier, Vapor, and Ocean glass tiles to create this fun backsplash.

While it’s true that many people choose to have their subway tile installed in a brick pattern. It’s also completely fine to go with a stacked or linear pattern of the tiles. Some times the type A in all of us just wants everything clean, organized and aligned. That’s exactly the effect this kitchen backsplash idea pulled off using our Ocean Gray glass tile.

Our last idea is to go mini! That’s right, if you believe that cute things come in small packages, then you will definitely want to see what happens when traditional 3″ x 6″ subway tile is shrunk down to 1″ x 2″ and ready to be used on your kitchen backsplash. Our client was charged with sprucing up this vacation spot and choose to use our mini white subway tile for the kitchen backsplash.

Hope some of these kitchen backsplashes got you inspired on what you want to do in your very own kitchen. If you still want to see more ideas just head over to our kitchen backsplash gallery for even more inspiring kitchen spaces.


Glass Subway Tile Projects: Before & After Pictures

Our first featured project was a relatively simple kitchen with no backsplash and light wood cabinets that was updated in a cost effective manner. The appliances were kept in place while the cabinets were refinished. The counters were replaced with granite and the backsplash was updated with our White Glass 3×6 Subway Tile. The total cost for the tile in this project was only $449.70!

White Glass Tile Backsplash Close Up
After Remodel – With White Glass Subway Tile Backsplash
After Remodel – With White Glass Subway Tile Backsplash
After Remodel – With White Glass Subway Tile Backsplash
Kitchen Before Glass Backsplash & Remodel

This next project involved a little bit more drastic changes including some demolition in removing the range hood and cabinets above it but was still a very affordable update. Once again the cabinets were just refinished and the appliances were left in place. The counter was updated to a stone tile and the room was finished with our Ocean Glass Subway Tile for the awesome backsplash! The tile for this project only cost $239.84!

Before: Plain Kitchen with no Backsplash
Before: Plain Kitchen with no Backsplash
After: Updated Kitchen with Glass Tile Backsplash
After: Updated Kitchen with Glass Tile Backsplash


Glacier Blue Glass Subway Tile featured in Romantic Homes Magazine!

Our Glacier Blue Glass Subway Tile was recently featured in the January issue of Romantic Homes Magazine which focuses on top design trends for 2013. We certainly expect Subway Tile to remain, as it has been since the 50′s, a popular and easy enhancement to any home. See how easy it is to install a glass subway tile backsplash!


Stainless Steel Isn’t Just For Your Kitchen Anymore

Trends in interior design and home decorating come and go, yet some looks are timeless. Many people want to remodel their home and have it be stylish and modern looking for years to come. Because remodeling and redecorating is expensive, it is best to choose a style or a trend that won’t become dated in a few years. If designs are too trendy, they may look outdated too soon resulting in another renovation, which means more money for the homeowner. One classic trend that is in right now is stainless steel, and it isn’t just for appliances anymore. When most people think of stainless steel, they call to mind images of refrigerators, stoves, and microwaves; however, stainless steel is now being used for other items as well both in and out of the kitchen. Stainless steel is a trend that will be in fashion for years to come.

Stainless Steel Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Stainless steel furniture is one trend that is on the horizon. Since stainless steelis no longer only for kitchen appliances, it has been used on a variety of different pieces of furniture. It is becoming common for people to buy dining room sets made of stainless steel. This creates a fluid look between the kitchen and the dining room. To keep things from looking too over-done, avoid using too much steel in one room. This works best if the dining room is an actual separate room from the kitchen. This will ensure that the rooms stand on their own design wise.

Luxury Stainless Kitchen Backsplash

In addition, more and more homeowners are re-doing their bathrooms instainless steel. This gives a sleek and modern look to the bathroom. If the kitchen is done in stainless steel as well, this provides a consistent flow throughout the house. A bathroom done in stainless steel is sure to become a focal point in the house. This is an easy way to add value to the home for potential buyers in the future. Items that can be stainless steel in a bathroom include, but are not limited to, toilets, sinks, cabinets, counters, showers, and accessories.

In addition to dining rooms and bathrooms, some home owners are choosing to incorporate stainless steel into their bedrooms. This may seem weird at first, but upon closer inspection, the choice makes sense. Stainless steel is a very versatile surface, which is what makes it suitable for a wide range of rooms in a home. In bedrooms, some people want a clean and modern look. Stainlesssteel, when paired with the right room decor, can create this masculine look. It is best to use stainless steel in combination with black bedding and dark accessories such as lamps and curtains. This will add to the industrial modern look of the room. Items in a room that can be stainless steel are bed frames, dressers, night-stands, bookshelves, and tables.

Another room that can feature stainless steel in a trendy way is a game room. Many people convert basements or bonus rooms into game rooms. Game rooms are a great way to entertain friends and family. Most game rooms are large and have a pool table, air hockey, or Foosball table. Stainless steelfurniture looks great with all of these game options. Since most game rooms also have a tv, a stainless steel entertainment center is a great choice. Another option is to buy a bar made from stainless steel.

Since stainless steel is no longer only for kitchen appliances, it can be used in any room of house to create a modern and trendy atmosphere. It can be used in dining rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, or game rooms.

2 Responses to Stainless Steel Isn’t Just For Your Kitchen Anymore

  1. Julie S says:

    I used your metal backsplash tile in my newly remodeled master bath shower. The result turned out fantastic and everyone comments on the creative use of the stainless steel tile!

    Thanks Subway Tile Outlet!

    • Debra says:


      We would love to see some pictures of your project if you get a chance!

      We have had a few customers use metal tile in their showers and gotten nothing but positive comments on it!

      Glad it turned out so well.

      Debra S.


Before and After Bathroom Remodel With Glass Tile

Remodeling your bathroom is a hugely rewarding experience, and what better to use than glass tile? There are so many ways you can use our glass subway tile. Below one of our customers decided to use our Ice Glass Subway Tile to cover the top half of their shower.

With everything stripped down the walls were ready for their flashy new coverings, including a healthy dose of our wonderful 3×6 glass tiles.


Sage Green Glass Subway Tile Modern Bathroom & Shower

This project really shows off the flexibility of glass subway tile in a wide range of applications. This customer used our Sage Green Glass Subway Tile to create a beautiful and unique bathroom.

The light green glass combined with wood tones and the light sink and tub really offset each other and provide a nice contrast without being too much.

Here is what Tiffany from Indiana, PA has to say about the project:

We used your Sage Green subway tile for our kids’ bathroom. Here is more info on the other products used in the bathroom:

Thanks again for your great service and product!

If you are looking to redo your bathroom, shower or almost any other spot in your home be sure to consider using our Glass Subway Tile!


Sky Blue Glass Subway Tile in Bedrooms & Baths Magazine

Our Sky Blue Glass Subway Tile was featured in the February issue of “Bedrooms & Baths” magazine. The tile was used in a beautiful modern shower application along with several other high end products. This bathroom really does scream “Modern Elegance” as the magazine title suggests.

You can take a look at other glass tile showers in our photo gallery.


Kitchen Backsplash Ideas: Materials

When redoing your kitchen backsplash there are so many choices you need to make that it can be overwhelming.

One of the first choices any potential DIY backsplash installer should make is what type of material to use! There are several choices…each having it’s own unique style to lend to your new kitchen!


Glass is available in a wide range of colors and sizes. Most popular are glass subway tile in 3″ x 6″ sizes and glass mosaic tile which usually comes as a 1″ or 0.75″ sizes. The benefit of using glass is not only for its beauty but also because it is is incredibly stain proof, easy to install and will last a lifetime!

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel mosaic tile is another popular choice in backsplash design. A stainless mosaic will match other stainless steel items in your kitchen such as a range hood, refrigerator, etc. Stainless steel tile can be used anywhere you would use glass, ceramic or stone and is equally as durable.


If you prefer the look of stone in your kitchen backsplash there are a few choices available. We carry stone subway tile as well as stone mosaic tile. Stone is another incredibly durable product that will stand the test of time. Stone is more likely to stain than glass so we do recommend applying a high quality sealer over your entire backsplash after installation.


Ceramic tile offers the class subway tile look at a lower price than glass. Ceramic is easy to install but is more prone to breakage and staining. If you are looking for a low cost backsplash installation you might consider our ceramic subway tile.

8 Responses to Kitchen Backsplash Ideas: Materials

  1. Susan says:

    What color is the tile is the picture under “Glass.” I can’t tell if it’s white or blue. Thanks

  2. glass tiles says:

    The kitchen models in this post is very nice to see and it is very modern and also the stainless steel model kitchen is very beautiful.

  3. Al says:

    Love the stainless steel splashback. Easy to clean and great reflector of light in a dark kitchen.

  4. Lori Mackintosh says:

    What color is the grout in the photo with the white ceramic subway tile? We are redoing our kitchen in white cabinets and wood countertops, and white subway tile, so just wondering what color grout would compliment the wood w/o using white grout (staining).

    • Debra says:


      This photo does use white grout. You could consider an off white or cream color for your project.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  5. george says:

    Where can I purchase the stainless steel tile 1″x2″ ?


Great Kitchen’s Have Great Kitchen Backsplashes

No one single thing can transform a kitchen more quickly into a totally different looking space than adding a kitchen backsplash. Backsplashes are a great way to add an accent to your kitchen and tie the whole theme together such as this kitchen using our sky blue glass subway tile.

Our glass tile is unique in the fact that it can be used in many different styles of kitchens and still fit in. Such as a contemporary kitchen like the one above or even a modern kitchen such as this one below.

There are lots of different themes and aesthetics you can do in your kitchen but which ever way you choose to go with your kitchen, make sure you don’t forget to put in an amazing backsplash that will for sure be the envy of anyone who sees it.


Go Stainless Steel With Your Backsplash

It’s no surprise that stainless steel is a popular choice in the kitchen. It seems these days you would be hard pressed to find a kitchen appliance in a finish other than stainless steel and for good reason. Stainless steel just looks amazing in the kitchen and gives it a modern and clean look.

Our customers have done many different things with our stainless steel tile, but the two most popular uses for it are on the kitchen backsplash. One being as the entire backsplash and the other used as a background behind the stove.

Above is an example of how one of our customers used our stainless steel mosaic tile as a backsplash behind their stove. They also paired it up with our white glass subway tiles for a truly amazing looking kitchen.

Here our customer used our 1″x2″ stainless steel mosaic tile for their entire backsplash. By using this for their backsplash it gave the kitchen a nice contrast from the dark cabinets an added much needed light to the space.

7 Responses to Go Stainless Steel With Your Backsplash

  1. Lucy says:

    What’s the grout colour for the second picture?

    • Debra says:


      Most people use a white or light creme color with the stainless steel products. The contrast really makes the individual tiles “pop”.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions!

      Debra S.

  2. Rhonda says:

    How much tile would I need for a 60 x 25 back splash behine my 8 burner stove?

  3. Rhonda says:

    Do you ship to Alaska?

    • Debra says:


      We can ship to Alaska, we just can not offer free shipping on those orders.

  4. Johanna says:

    For the second picture, what kind of counter top is that and what color?