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How to Create a Dramatic Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Posted by Daltile Team on Oct 15, 2015 8:30:00 PM

When entertaining guests, the kitchen is usually where everyone gathers. You'll want to make your kitchen design beautiful and functional since so many eyes will be on it. So when designing your backsplash, don't be afraid to think outside the box when choosing styles, colors, and materials. You can really get creative and add accent pieces and borders that will give your backsplash a dramatic look. Here are some ideas to consider as you start to design a stand-out kitchen tile backsplash.

Tumbled stone in Baja Cream 6 x 6 with Urban Metals in Bronze 1 x 2 brickjoint in the feature and 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 Bronze accent on the backsplash

Consider Metallic Tile

Are you looking to give your kitchen a touch of sophistication? A metallic tile backsplash may be your best bet. There are many tiles available that have a metallic finish, and they offer the look of stainless steel, pewter, or copper alongside the ability to hold up to years of use. Because of this, metallic backsplashes are gaining in popularity for homeowners seeking tile that will add a modern touch above their sink, stovetop, or vanity.

One of the best ways to add metallic tile to your kitchen design is to use it against a backdrop of more traditional materials such as natural stone. The shimmer of a stainless steel backsplash next to the honed finish of a large, dark-colored granite countertop slab, for example, will make you fall in love with your kitchen every time you walk into the space.

Use Borders and Trim

A great way to create clean, modern lines within your backsplash is to add tile borders. Glass mosaic tile, for example, is the perfect material to outline your porcelain or natural stone backsplash tiles. Choose colors that complement one another and form a magnificent pattern that draws the eye. Borders don't necessarily have to be in the form of flat tiles. Try going with an accent tile in order to give your backsplash an extra burst of personality, or try picking tiles of differing sizes—some rectangular and some square—to create a jagged border that emits an eclectic flair. You can also opt for metal field tiles for your primary material, then add a natural stone trim to create a charming combination.

Be Diverse

When designing your kitchen backsplash, keep in mind that diversity is key. Try mixing and matching materials that you wouldn't normally put together. For example, if you opt for a copperlike facade as your primary backsplash material, a mosaic glass-tile border might be the perfect addition to take your design to the next level. You can also choose tiles that stick out from the wall at varying depths to give your backsplash a unique visual element, or get creative with wood-look tile for a natural-looking backsplash that will stand up to moisture. Adding little touches, such as accent tiles, is also a great way to give your backsplash a unique look.


There are many options available for creating a dramatic kitchen tile backsplash. Mix and match materials, incorporate details, and add accents and borders to give your backsplash a unique flair. By making your backsplash colorful and diverse, you and your guests will enjoy your design for many years to come.

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