Ceramic Tile Backsplashes

Get info and ideas for ceramic tile kitchen backsplashes, and get ready to install an eye-catching and efficient backsplash.
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By: Sean McEvoy

Ceramic tile backsplashes are the most common type found in homes, and with good reason. Ceramic tile is durable, cheap, easy to install and comes in an almost infinite range of styles, colors and textures.

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Salvaged Materials: Antique Wood Mosaic

Salvaged Materials: Reclaimed Wood

Paper: Marble + Wallpaper

Photo By: Andrea Schumacher

Paper: Picture Perfect

From: Brian Patrick Flynn

Reflective Finish: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Photo By: Chris Amaral © 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Reflective Finish: Antique Mirror

Budget Friendly: Coffee Beans

Photo By: Eric Perry ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Budget Friendly: Tin Sheets

From: Jill Wolff

Bold Blue

Photo By: Jean-Marc Giboux/Getty Images

Soaring Subway

Embossed Concrete

Textured Tile

Photo By: Antonio Martins

Metallics: Stainless Steel

From: Kim Alexandriuk

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo

Metallics: 3-D Finished Bronze

Metallics: Penny Tile

Metallics: Copper Tile

Photo By: Photography by Tami Holsten

Chalkboard Paint

Ceramic + Glass Tile

Ceramic + Glass Tile

Photo By: Photography by Nancy Blandford

Limestone + Glass Tile

Tumbled Stone + Glass Tile

Stone: River Rock

Stone: Quartzite Sandstone

Stone: Translucent Agate

Photo By: Photography by Eurotech Cabinetry, Inc

Stone: Marble Mosaic

Photo By: Photography by Eric Roth

Stone: Marble Mosaic

Stone: Marble Checkerboard

Stone: Honed Marble

Photo By: Photography by Tami Holsten

Stone: Honed Marble

Pattern: Brickwork

From: Drury Design

Pattern: Herringbone

Pattern: Stacked Columns

Unusual Materials: Volcanic Rock

Photo By: Photography by Anice Hoachlander

Unusual Materials: Industrial Steel

Unusual Materials: Indigenous Wood

Unusual Materials: Repurposed Plywood

Unusual Materials: Recycled Glass

Unusual Materials: Modular Panels

Colorful Glass Tile

From: Rise Krag

Glass Tile Mosaic

Etched Glass Tile

Handmade Tile

Photo By: Photography by Vicki Morrow

Handmade Tile

Photo By: Photography by Vicki Morrow

3-D Custom Glass Tile

Photo By: Photography by John Ryba

Installing a ceramic tile backsplash in your kitchen can add visual interest and style to your kitchen design while also protecting your walls from unsightly and potentially corrosive food spatter.

One of the chief benefits of a ceramic tile backsplash—apart from the protective aspect—is that it can add tremendous visual appeal, color and personality to your kitchen design. Many homeowners view a ceramic tile backsplash as a great opportunity to experiment with bold designs, patterns and colors.

Also on the list of ceramic tile backsplash benefits is the fact that ceramic tile is extremely easy to clean—an especially important quality in any busy kitchen. Most ceramic tile backsplashes will simply wipe clean if meal preparation has left them spattered with food and grime.

Ceramic tile is also one of the more customizable options for a kitchen backsplash. It comes in an almost endless array of styles, colors, shapes and sizes, and it can be purchased at just about any home improvement store, online or in-store. Additionally, many ceramic tile specialty retailers are available to suit any custom needs in terms of shape, color and texture. Whichever type of ceramic tile you're looking for, you're likely to find it fairly easily among the myriad options.

Several styles of ceramic kitchen backsplash tile appear again and again in homes, with good reason. Subway tile is an immensely popular, classic choice that can be found in many commercial and residential kitchens. Its simple, uncomplicated style features rectangular ceramic tiles, usually in white or light colors, with light grout. While this is the most popular subway tile style, it comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and the simple, rectangular shape can be arrayed in just about any pattern—so customization is definitely possible.

Mosaic tile is another popular choice for those looking to add some visual interest to the kitchen. These small ceramic tiles adhere to a mesh backing and appear in a diverse pattern. Because of the mesh backing, installation is a bit easier, which makes mosaic tile a popular choice among DIY-ers looking for an easy-to-install, attractive choice.

Lastly, penny ceramic tile is a popular choice for those looking to feature a vintage style into their kitchen design. Often featuring small, light-colored tiles bordered by dark grout, this attractive style presents a design that's reminiscent of bygone eras, adding a touch of historical elegance to any kitchen.

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