Subway Tile Backsplashes
Get info and inspiration for subway tile backsplashes, and prepare to install a stylish and efficient backsplash in your home.
Subway tile kitchen backsplashes have been common in commercial kitchens forever, it seems, but in recent years many homeowners have chosen these efficient and stylish backsplashes for their kitchen designs.
The classic, understated look of subway tile is extremely versatile—it can be paired with just about any kitchen style, from traditional to hyper-modern. Generally, subway tiles are small to medium-sized and rectangular in shape. They're available from home improvement stores or tile specialty retailers, both online and in store, in a seemingly endless variety of materials, colors and textures. The versatility of subway tile has made it an extremely popular choice among homeowners, which has led to its wide availability in a diversity of styles.
If you've decided that subway tile is the right style for your kitchen backsplash, your first task will be to determine exactly what tile material you want to feature. You can browse the available choices online or in-store, and you're likely to find that subway-style tile is available in just about any type of backsplash material, from ceramic to glass to high-end granite. Your personal style and desire to match or diverge from the overall style of the kitchen—in addition to the budget you've settled on for your backsplash project—will likely be the deciding factors here.
Stainless Steel Backsplash & Red Kitchen Cabinets
Multi-hued dishes echo the warmth and color of the custom oak kitchen cabinets painted red and over-glazed with brown. The backsplash, a stainless steel tile, provides an industrial contrast above neutral countertops.
Modern Kitchen With Purple Wall, LED Lighting and Quartz Counter
This European-inspired kitchen features the latest in appliances. The Miele coffee center and wine refrigerator are the focal points and flank the sleek Poggenpohl cabinetry. The Swarovski crystal chandelier brings shine to the space, while the wood stools and wood-like porcelain tile flooring accents bring visual warmth. The final touch is LED lighting underneath the kitchen island that highlights the quartz waterfall countertop.
Farmhouse Sink Area in Cottage Kitchen
This cottage kitchen features a bold backsplash, decorative woodwork and a scalloped-shade pendant. The white farmhouse sink complements the white countertops amidst the seafoam green cabinetry and island.
Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash and Wine Racks
Old World Kitchen With Nailhead Accents
This kitchen is a masculine space comprised of stone, copper and brass. The island helps separate the cooking areas and is illuminated by a trio of hanging copper pendant lights from Oly. Nailhead accents are repeated throughout the design, from the island panels to the countertop edge and molding.
Smoky Gray Subway Tile in White Kitchen
In this beautiful kitchen, smoky gray subway tile comes across as polished without being gloomy. The dark backsplash is offset by bright white cabinets with sleek metallic hardware. A gas range stands out with its own decorative mosaic tile backsplash.
Green Glass Tile Backsplash in Modern Kitchen
The gorgeous green tile range backsplash adds depth and texture to this modern kitchen, designed by Yuko Matsumoto. Subway tile in a slightly lighter hue was cleverly used for the backsplash beneath the cabinets.
Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash
This kitchen features a stainless steel island, bar stools and appliances, traditional brown cabinets, and a green tile backsplash. Two large drum pendant fixtures illuminate the kitchen island.
Sleek Contemporary Kitchen With Photo Backsplash
Brian Patrick Flynn designed this modern kitchen with gray high-gloss cabinetry and a cutting edge backsplash made from a black-and-white photo. Orange accents brighten the monochromatic palette.
Traditional Kitchen With Dark Wood Island
This traditional kitchen has white cabinets with a dark brown island and a patterned tile back splash that adds style to this space. The large island provides extra counter space, storage and an additional prep area.
Black and White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Stove
Eclectic Kitchen With Stone Countertops and Exotic Pendant Lights
A tiled backsplash, exotic pendant lights, stone countertops and bright pink and green accents create a stylish Moroccan look in this gray eclectic kitchen, as seen on HGTV's Kitchen Cousins.
Contemporary Black Metallic Kitchen With Red and White Bar Chairs
This contemporary kitchen features a black grated wall, black door and cabinet, and shiny black countertop. The hanging lights mirror the grate design of the wall. The red and white bar chairs upholstered with asian-inspired fabric with nailhead trim add a vibrant contrast to the dark kitchen.
Eclectic Stone Bar With Blue Ceramic Backsplash
This eclectic stone bar makes a bold statement. Bronze fixtures, a deep blue tile backsplash and ceramic sculpture evoke the Mediterranean and a dishwasher makes for easy clean up.
Red and Yellow Kitchen Backsplash
Traditional Kitchen With Stainless Steel Range and Yellow Tile Backsplash
This handy spice shelf is set in a beautiful mosaic tile backsplash. The yellow tile backsplash breaks up traditional white cabinetry, and the stainless steel range keeps the space looking fresh and updated.
Transitional Kitchen With Rustic Table
Brown Mid-Century Modern Kitchen With Metallic Mosaic Tile
Upper and lower brown cabinets provide storage in this mid-century modern kitchen from designer Randall Waddell. The island matches the brown cabinetry with white countertop. Two silver bar stools mirror the reflective quality of the small gold, black and silver mosaic tile circling the kitchen above the countertops.
Neutral Kitchen With Gray Mosaic Tile Backsplash
Sparkling Espresso Bar
For the huge double ovens, HGTV's Kitchen Cousins built a dark wedge cabinet, an elegant contrast to the white lacquer throughout the rest of the kitchen. The cousins outfitted the homeowner's espresso bar area with a shining stainless steel backsplash.
White Transitional Chef Kitchen With Stainless Range
In this gourmet kitchen, a backsplash made of gray-and-white oval tiles is a sophisticated contemporary counterpoint to the white cabinets and wood paneled ceiling. A huge stainless steel range stands at the ready to assist in culinary masterpieces.
Gray and White Chef's Kitchen With Dot Backsplash
Professional-grade stove? Check. Espresso machine? Check. Plenty of storage? Check. This gourmet gray and white kitchen has all the amenities, and we especially love the whimsical polka dot backsplash.
Orange Country-Style Kitchen With Open Shelving
The galley-style kitchen opens off the hall past the bedroom. Stainless steel appliances are softened with a rich and zesty shade of orange. Open shelves hold mementos and art from travels around the world.
Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash
This modern kitchen features painted seafoam green cabinetry paired with a black and gray mosaic tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Modern pendant lighting hangs over the kitchen island, while three metal stools line the kitchen island, creating the ideal spot for casual dining.
Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash
Cream & Brown Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash
A beautiful walnut floor was the inspiration for this warm earth-tone kitchen. Their wooded setting led to creating a look that would join the outdoors with the kitchen. The hanging cabinet design opened up wall space from a previous top-heavy cabinet design.
Kitchen With Teal Mosaic Tile Wall
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, this kitchen’s cabinets were refreshed with a deeper, richer stain, and small mosaic tiles in teal were installed as a colorful, contrasting backsplash. A hanging cage pendant light over the sink creates an interesting focal point.
Spacious Gray-Blue Transitional Kitchen
For the full kitchen remodel of this 1940s south Minneapolis home, the homeowners removed a large wall radiator and replaced it with a toe kick heater, allowing them to capture the whole back wall for added cabinetry and countertop space. The design was created to maintain the historic value of the home.
Contemporary Kitchen With Island Seating
Gray Mediterranean Kitchen With Open Shelving
Small transom cabinets and open shelving provide storage for easily accessible kitchen necessities. An ornate tile backsplash gives added visual interest to this sink area and provides contrast to the smooth black countertops.
Transitional Kitchen With Dark Wood Cabinets and Granite Backsplash
White Transitional Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash
A wall of marble subway tile forms into a framed blue and brown mosaic tile backsplash that adds visual interest to this transitional kitchen. A blue tea kettle and red knobbed stove pop against the white cabinetry and black granite countertops.
Modern Apron Sink in White Mid-Century Kitchen
A stainless steel farmhouse sink and a white subway tile backsplash add a traditional feel to an otherwise modern space. Frosted glass cabinet doors frame two shelving units above contemporary black countertops.
White Transitional Kitchen With Marble Counters and Undermount Sink
Large windows with mullion details above the sink give a view of the backyard and allow light to flow throughout the space. White subway tiles and marble countertops keep the kitchen feeling bright and clean, while a white undermount sink gives the counter space a seamless appearance.
White Contemporary Kitchen
Modern Kitchen With Frosted Glass Cabinets
Mediterranean-Inspired Kitchen With Striped Tile Backsplash
Light granite countertops line this Mediterranean-inspired kitchen. The white tile backsplash is broken up by stripes of brown tile, while a wide sink and state-of-the-art appliances add functionality.
Floral Window Shade in Pale Yellow Kitchen
White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents
A white kitchen doesn't have to be ALL white. Here, designer Andrea Schumacher opted for just two small shelves in lieu of upper cabinets, making the fanciful floral wallpaper the star. For contrast, she chose an emerald green tone from the wallpaper to paint the kitchen's island. The standout green piece complements the blue floral wallpaper, the Murano glass chandeliers, white cabinetry and Carrara marble backsplash.
Tiny Traditional Kitchen With Gray Stone Tile Backsplash
White walls, under-cabinet lighting and gleaming fixtures help make the most of this tiny kitchen. Light shades of gray in the countertop and stone tile backsplash add depth to the airy space, and a vase of white flowers cheerily beckons.
Contemporary Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash
The light wood cabinets and pale green backsplash keep this small kitchen light and airy. The sharp lines of the sleek cabinets and stainless appliances enhance the kitchen's contemporary feel. A chalkboard is a fun yet practical accent.
Green Kitchen With White Farmhouse Sink
Red and brown hues in the counters offset a light green wall color. A farmhouse sink pops against dark counters and cabinetry. Floating shelves offer a convenient space for kitchen necessities while still retaining a sleek, clean appearance.
Black Kitchen Cabinets With Copper Range Hood
A copper range hood adds metallic glam to this traditional kitchen. Black kitchen cabinets with white granite countertops complement the classic, yet stunningly chic look.
Traditional White Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling
Reflective Kitchen Backsplash
Countertop-to-Ceiling Kitchen Backsplash With Stainless-Steel Open Shelving
Mediterranean Kitchen With Blue Backsplash
A blue tile backsplash is accented with squares made of blue, white and black tiles. The pattern creates a nice decorative touch in a kitchen that has light wood cabinets, stainless appliances and white windows.
Colorful Tile Backsplash Gives a Vintage Look
This traditional kitchen has colorful vintage touches, from the unique tile backsplash to custom handles on the cabinets. Bright accessories round out the simple, pretty space.
Eclectic Eat-in Kitchen
This eat-in kitchen gets its eclectic look from streamlined modern cabinetry, retro-mod furnishings and funky multicolor stripe carpet tile flooring.
Small Butler Pantry in Transitional Kitchen
A small butler pantry is integrated into the design of this white transitional kitchen. Complete with a prep sink and a combination of drawer and cabinet storage, the elegant utility space is a must-have for entertaining.
Range Hood and Horizontal Wall Cabinets
The grey stained maple cabinets are a horizontal pull style to add to the modern feel of this kitchen space by HGTV's Property Brothers. A white subway tile backsplash adds a touch of the traditional. The new grey/cream/blue quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances give this kitchen a fresh feel.
White Farmhouse Sink in Country Kitchen
HGTV's Property Brothers added a little sparkle to this country kitchen with an iridescent backsplash. A fashionable apron-front sink, shaker-style cabinets and new stainless steel appliances complete the dazzling remodel.
Open Shelving in White Cottage Kitchen
Marble Backsplash Adds Texture in White Transitional Kitchen
A five-burner gas stovetop rests on a marble countertop in this spacious kitchen. The countertop complements the marble tile backsplash. White cabinets hang above offering plenty of storage for pots and pans.
Stainless Steel Built-In Kitchen Range and Hood
A built-in gas stovetop sits beneath a matching stainless steel range hood in this stylish kitchen. Gray countertops, white cabinets and a white subway-tile backsplash round out the kitchen's contemporary look.
White Kitchen With Blue-Gray Glass Subway Tile
Flat-fronted light gray cabinets are combined with stainless steel pulls for a streamlined kitchen design. Blue-gray subway tiles add a reflective quality and light to the room.
Kitchen With Mirrored Backsplash and Marble Countertop
Mint green cabinets are broken up by a mirrored backsplash and white marble countertops. A stainless steel undermount sink creates a seamless counter space.
White Cottage Kitchen With Wet Bar and Built-In Desk
The prep area in this cottage style kitchen is situated on either side of the wet bar. Classic blue and white dishes are displayed in the glass cabinets above, while a built-in desk uses space wisely as a small home office.
Pro-Quality Stainless Steel Range
This chef's kitchen features a top quality cooktop that can be converted into extra counter space with stainless steel covers. A mosaic tile backsplash adds contemporary style to the space.
Farmhouse Sink in Transitional Green and White Kitchen
A ceramic farmhouse sink with a brushed-nickel faucet anchors this serene transitional kitchen. Countertop topiaries and a green subway-tile backsplash create an earthy backdrop for crisp white cabinetry and an arched window.
White Cottage Style Kitchen With Open Shelving and a Farmhouse Sink
This crisp white cottage kitchen is both beautiful and functional. Open shelves display all-white dishes and vintage pieces. The bead board wall combined with the ceramic backsplash gives the space texture, form and function . The farmhouse sink is a standout feature against the neutral colored limestone countertops.
Small Space White Kitchen With Pendant Lights
This beautiful white kitchen features wow-worthy mosaic tile backsplash walls, white cabinets, gray counter tops and high-end stainless steel appliances. Three black industrial style pendant lights give height and depth to the small space kitchen.
When you've determined what material you'll be using, it's time to figure out how much you'll need to source for your subway tile project. Measuring the surface area you need to cover to determine the square footage will give you this figure. In general, backsplashes cover the portion of a kitchen's walls above the countertops which will be most at risk from cooking or cleaning spatter. However, if your subway tile vision includes a grand execution that stretches from countertops to ceiling, go forth undaunted—there are no hard and fast rules for how much backsplash is too much.
When you've determined the amount of subway tile you'll need for the project, it's installation time. Subway tile can be anywhere from extremely simple to extremely difficult to install, depending on the material you've chosen, the layout of the area you'll be covering, and the pattern of the tile. If you're a novice when it comes to tile installation, you'll probably want to hire a professional to install your subway tile backsplash. Alternatively, if you've got serious DIY chops or have installed backsplash tile before, you may want to try installing the backsplash yourself for a considerable savings.