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Trends in kitchen tiles point to more options, more fun

If you like kitchen tiles, you now have more options than ever before to create a custom look that will fit your kitchen to a T and be on par with the latest trends.

Kitchen tiles color trends

Neutral colors continue to be the safer bet for a room like the kitchen that is made to last for long and should have a timeless feel. Gray has been the dominant neutral color in the kitchen (and home design in general) for the last couple of years and its popularity is not bound to stop any time soon. Why? It is a versatile color that works well in all kinds of settings, from modern and industrial to Period and urban glam. At the same time, look for other neutral colors – like clay, soft blacks and dark rich tones - to slowly make a comeback. No matter the chosen palette, matte finishes are preferred over high gloss because they create a softer and more sophisticated look. For something a tad shinier, metallic finishes like Antique Bronze and Pewter are also rising in demand when it comes to backsplashes. 

Metallic modern kitchen tiles

Source: Daltile

Backsplash tiles

The backsplash is the cherry that completes the design and can make a difference between a kitchen that stuns and one that falls flat. It’s all about details and colors. The trend is going towards not limiting the backsplash tiles to a restricted area, extending them instead to the entire wall for greater visual impact.

Mosaic and graphic patterns

Mosaic tile and graphic backsplashes are big right now because they add a little flair even to the most minimalist kitchen and offer many options to play with and achieve a unique look:

  • Vertical, horizontal or diagonal tile patterns (with horizontal as the most popular);
  • Grout or no grout (the latter making the backsplash easier to clean);

Modern kitchen tiles with no grout

Tiles with no grout. Source:

  • Grout of the same color as the tiles (more understated) or in a color that complements the tiles (for greater contrast);
  • A variety of tile shapes like ovals, rectangles, triangles and hexagons in different dimensions to replace the traditional (and tired) look of the 1x1 square tile and give the composition more depth;

Hexagon-shaped modern kitchen tiles

Hexagon tiles. Source:

  • “Blend” mosaics bringing together glass, stone, and metal with different textures;
  • Patterns like basket weave, chevron, wedge and even random patterns.

Patterned modern kitchen tiles

Basket weave and random patterns. Source: Mission Stone Tile

Patterned modern kitchen tiles

Wedge and chevron patterns. Source: Mission Stone Tile

When your backsplash incorporates the colors of your cabinets, floor, and countertops, it can really help tie the whole design together.

Pebble tiles

Pebble tile kitchen backsplashes are an interesting alternative to more traditional tile and natural stone options:

  • When paired with contemporary kitchen cabinetry, they offer that mix of styles that is so “in” right now;
  • They bring texture, character and warmth to the room;
  • They are pretty affordable;
  • By choosing pebbles of different colors, you can create great visual patterns.

Pebble tiles for kitchen backsplash


However, compared to other materials, pebble tiles do have some disadvantages:

  • They are rather difficult to clean;
  • They are porous, which means they need to be sealed often for protection from water and stains.

Kitchen floor tiles

When the kitchen and the living area of the house are joined in an open layout, the floor needs to be suitable for different types of activities. Ceramic and porcelain are flooring materials becoming increasingly popular due to their versatility. Larger tiles are becoming a strong preference because they reduce the number of grout lines (where dirt tends to accumulate) and make the space look larger.

Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles have lots of advantages:

  • Ability to withstand heavy foot traffic;
  • Available in many different shapes, colors and finishes;
  • Resistant to water and stains;
  • Great grip;
  • Color permanence, even in the face of direct sunlight.

Ceramic kitchen floor tiles

Source: Refin

Porcelain tiles

Like ceramic, porcelain is made from fired clay but porcelain is baked for a longer period of time, which results in a firmer and denser material that is also more durable and scratch resistant. This, along with its ease of care, timeless look and availability in wood grain-like finishes, is making porcelain tiles more in demand for the kitchen than hardwood floors (which are susceptible to moisture).

Porcelain kitchen floor tiles similar to hardwood floors


Bottom line: Tile lovers, it is time to give in to your whims!