Redo Any Backsplash With These Supercool Peel-and-Stick Tile Ideas

Stick 'em up with HGTV Magazine! Redo a backsplash the simple way — try peel-and-stick tiles that rival the real deal.

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March 10, 2020

Pink Subway Chic

Photo by: Cory Dawson

Cory Dawson

Why this design looks so good: Indented “grout lines” make the pieces 3-D, and they’re as glossy as ceramic. The tiles come in small sheets that fit together like a puzzle — you can’t go wrong! Install them on a painted wall (other kinds can go on top of existing tile, so check before you buy). For backsplashes like this it’s best to work bottom to top, starting in the center. Trim as necessary with a utility knife. In pastel pink, the vibe is retro cool.

Mediterranean Style

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Cory Dawson

It’s the hand-painted tile of your Italian villa dreams, minus the mortgage. Although the pattern appears to consist of multiple small tiles, it is actually made up of large panels with printed grout lines. Press down firmly and use a plastic smoothing tool or a credit card to get rid of any air bubbles. If you have a square tile backsplash to cover, order individual squares (they’re available in multiple sizes) to apply right over your old ones.

Classic Hex

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Cory Dawson

These are slightly larger than the vintage hex tiles often seen on floors, which makes them a fresh choice for a backsplash. The pieces have indented grout and fit together perfectly. No power tools needed — all you have to do is trim them with a utility knife. And if one goes on crooked, just gently detach and reposition it. As with most peel-and-stick styles, these wipe clean with a damp cloth and last until you remove them.

Modern Graphic

Photo by: Cory Dawson

Cory Dawson

These faux tiles are self-adhesive vinyl — think of them as giant stickers. Simply peel off the backing paper and place them side by side (you’ll have no grout lines, as shown here). Or you can adhere them to existing tile, and your old backsplash’s grout will remain visible. They come in a range of sizes; these 8-inch-square ones deliver a big impact. Definitely order a few more pieces than you need in case a cut doesn’t turn out quite right.

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