What Should I Know about Kitchen Backsplash Tiles?

What Should I Know About Kitchen Backsplash Tiles

For many decades, backsplashes have served to protect the walls of kitchens as well as add a decorative touch. When they first gained popularity in the 60s and 70s, fruit and vegetable graphics on ceramic tiles could be found in most kitchens across North America. Today, backsplashes come in many materials, including glass, natural stone, brick, wood, and metal. With so many choices, how can you choose the right backsplash tiles in Toronto? The experts at Deco-Tile have put together this list of frequently asked questions to guide your DIY or professional backsplash inspiration. 

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1. What are the trends for kitchen backsplash tiles in 2022?

The hottest kitchen backsplashes in Oakville combine functionality with beauty. So, match your backsplash tile choice to the overall theme of your kitchen, or go off book to make your backsplash the star of the show in your kitchen remodeling project, as follows: 

  • A gray marble backsplash pairs perfectly with white Shaker cabinets. 
  • A multicoloured backsplash with complex patterns pops in your modern kitchen. 
  • White tiles with black geometric patterns look stunning with dark cabinets. 
  • White kitchen cabinets and simple black and white backsplash tiles are also hot in 2022. 

2. What is a timeless kitchen backsplash?

If you want a timeless kitchen backsplash, choose natural stones such as slate or marble. You can also consider geometric shapes that never go out of style, such as subway tiles and hexagonal tiles. Choose neutral shades of white, gray, or black to enhance the look of your kitchen without dating it. 

3. Which tiles are best for kitchen walls? 

Say you want to extend your backsplash to protect a larger portion of your kitchen wall. Smaller tiles in square or geometric shapes create interest and variety. You can use glass, ceramic, porcelain, marble, or mosaic tiles to bring your kitchen to life. Smaller tiles add to your overall look without taking over the design concept entirely. 

4. Can you use two different backsplashes in the kitchen? 

Absolutely! We highly recommend playing around with the pattern and style of your backsplash tiles in Oakville. Simply changing the direction of square or rectangular tiles can create an unconventional look or provide two different looks with the same tile. You can also choose tiles in different sizes and shapes but the same colors to add texture and a unique complexity to your kitchen walls. 

5. What is the easiest backsplash to keep clean? 

Naturally nonporous materials such as metal, ceramic, and porcelain make great backsplash tiles because they don’t require special cleansers, and they also resist staining. Tile size also matters since smaller tiles mean more grout lines to scrub. Talk to a sales specialist at Deco-Tile for advice on beautiful tiles in Toronto that are easy to keep clean.  

6. What size tile is best for a kitchen backsplash?

There is no “right” tile size, and it’s more important to choose a shape and size you love. If you like classic shapes or fun patterns, go for it. There are a few timeless designs that we can recommend, such as 3 x 6 subway tile or a 4 x 4 square tile in a dazzling colour. It may take a little longer, but if you can achieve a herring bone pattern, you’ll create a neat design that will stand the test of time. 

7. Is it easier to lay big or small tiles? 

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Larger tiles, such as 12 x 24 or 24 x 24, are easier to cut and install than smaller tiles. Smaller tiles require more cutting, laying, and grouting. However, smaller tiles give you more options for a customized backsplash. If you want a smaller tile for a backsplash, look into using 3×6, 2×10 or 2.5×8 tiles. Ultimately, it all comes down to the look you want and the patience you have for cutting and placing your backsplash tiles—particularly if you plan to DIY your new kitchen backsplash tiles in Toronto

8. What is a glass backsplash? 

Sleek colour and clean lines are just two of the reasons people love solid glass backsplashes. Glass backsplashes have already made a splash in Europe and they’re now gaining popularity in North America. Long stretches of glass cut to fit over your counters can create a stunning look that reflects light for a brighter kitchen. Also, they come in a wide array of colours, so you don’t have to settle for clear or white glass tiles. 

9. Is a marble backsplash a good idea? 

If you want a traditional, classic style, marble backsplashes are the ideal choice. They add protection for your walls and beauty to your kitchen décor. Add marble backsplashes for a luxurious, rich finish for your kitchen remodel. 

10. Can you do a backsplash without grout? 

No. all tiles must be grouted, by doing this it protects the underlayer such as the setting material from absorbing moisture. No matter how small the grout joint is we always recommended grouting to provide a finished look. Think about ways you can incorporate grout creatively, like using a contrasting dark grout with a light tile for a distinct look. 

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Now that you have a better idea of the current trends in backsplash tiles, it’s time to choose which tiles you want for your DIY or professional kitchen upgrade. Deco-Tile stands out among tile stores in Toronto for a wide selection and knowledgeable staff that truly cares about each customer who walks through our doors or visits our website.  

Contact our tile stores in Oakville or Toronto today for advice on which tiles will work best in your kitchen.