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Best for Floors: Achim Nexus Oak Plank-Look Vinyl Adhesive Tile
Get the look of a hardwood floor for significantly less with these peel and stick vinyl adhesive tiles. The tiles have a high gloss finish, are water-resistant, and will blend seamlessly in any room in your home from your bedroom to your bathroom to your kitchen to your entryway. Lie the tiles vertically (to match the lines of the “planks”) to create the look of wood floors or place them in different directions for a patterned tile look. Reviewers say these are easy to cut and place down.
Best for Backsplash: Muretto Durango Beige Peel and Stick Decorative Mosaic Wall Tile Backsplash
Made with materials and a proprietary glue that can withstand the heat of the kitchen and that can be wiped down for easy cleaning, these multi-colored tan, beige, and white peel and stick tiles make for an elegant backsplash. While they can handle steam so you can use them in the bathroom, they’re not recommended for use directly in the shower. Reviewers say they are simple to install (even for those who don’t know the difference between concrete and grout) and are an affordable facelift for a kitchen or bath.
Best Subway Tiles: Tic Tac Tiles Peel & Stick Subway Tile
These peel and stick subway styles will give you that farmhouse chic look you crave without any time-consuming headache of placing individual tiles or mixing up concrete. These "tiles" are actually PVC panels that match up seamlessly, with a 3-D pattern that gives the look of individual tiles. The panels are made of anti-bacterial and anti-mold PVC that doesn’t emit dioxins and are water, heat, and humidity-resistant so these can be used in your kitchen or bath. Note that the “tiles” measure 2.69 x 1.5 inches, which some reviewers say are smaller than what they expected.
Best for Walls: DIP Design Copper Wall Tiles
These self-adhesive vinyl wall tiles look like real copper and add a touch of modern sophistication to any wall. They’re made of aluminum composite and a proprietary Lightweight Vinyl Technology. What does that mean for you? You can cut them to fit with nothing more than a utility knife and, at the same time, they’re extra durable; in fact, these come with a 20-year warranty. They can be spot cleaned or wiped down and are splash, moisture, steam, chip, and heat resistant up to 190 degrees.
Best Stone: MSI MSI Golden Honey Veneer Wall Tile
Create a show-stopping backsplash or accent wall or accentuate your fireplace or patio with this natural white, gold, and honey quartz self-adhesive tile. The tiles are frost-proof and the heavy-duty adhesive will stick indoors or out. Be warned that these tiles are made of actual stone which means a) you’ll need a tile saw to cut them and b) they’re heavy, and some reviewers say they needed an extra dose of Gorilla Glue to get them to stick for the long haul. But once they’re installed, you can sit back and let the compliments roll in.
Best Glass: Instant Mosaic Glass Versailles Peel and Stick Tile
It’s hard to go wrong with the classic look of clear glass tiles. The mix of different sized square and rectangle “tiles” add variety to the otherwise colorless look. The 1-foot square sheets adhere to any clean, flat surface from drywall to a painted wall. Made of glass, these are resistant to heat and humidity so you can stick them to your shower walls for a quick bathroom upgrade or behind the stove to makeover an otherwise bland kitchen or to the exterior of your fireplace for a new look in your family room.
Best for Trim: Instant Mosaic Upscale Designs by Ema Glass Peel and Stick Tile
When you want to add decorative trim to your walls or a pattern to your floor, temporary backsplash, or fireplace, these smaller 3 x 6-inch tiles make it a cinch. Just be sure that the other tiles are the same height or you won’t get a flat surface—that’s especially important when designing a tile floor. These glass tiles can be used indoors or out and can be cut with basic glass cutters, which are relatively inexpensive. You’ll find these tiles in a range of colors, patterns, and materials. While grouting isn’t necessary, some say it enhances the look.