01 of 07
Subway Tile Backsplash Full of Joy and Color
It's a perennial shape that harkens to the past yet never goes out of style.
Cast aside thoughts of gloomy tile found in real subways. Subway tile for the kitchen is clean and fresh, and can be laid in a brickwork pattern, as shown, or stacked. Examples of both patterns will follow.
Here we're looking at a colorful subway tile called Wheatgrass, a... collaboration between Clayhaus and modwalls. It's a long 2"x8" and runs about $30 per square foot.
When I first published this article, I said that this was glass subway tile when it is, in fact, ceramic tile. A Clayhaus representative kindly pointed out my error. However, because I like this tile so much, I will keep it in the article for now.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
Brickwork Backsplash? No, It's Orange Glass Subway Tile.
From modwalls, this is Lush "Poppy" glass subway tile in 3"x6" size. With its distinctive modern orange color, staggered pattern, and light-colored grout, it looks a bit like brick. Edges are rounded, providing a sleek appearance. This tile runs around $20 per square foot.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
03 of 07
Sage Green Glass Subway Tile Backsplash
One of my personal favorites, this is a 2"x4" subway glass tile called Acacia Sage Green. The tile is a hearty 1/3" inch thick, and 18 tiles come per sheet (in the 2"x4" size), running about $19 per square foot.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
Beautiful Deep Blue Glass Subway Tile Backsplash
Never heard of Susan Jablon? Maybe you should. This upstate New York-based tile maker has been producing distinctive mosaics for over a decade.
You're looking at 1"x3" subway tile in a stacked pattern, rather than classic brickwork. Stacked gives your kitchen more of a modern look.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Sophisticated Gray Glass Subway Tile Backsplash
Two things: gray and stacked.
This gray glass subway tile from Susan Jablon, likely 1"x3", imparts a cosmopolitan air to this otherwise undistinguished kitchen.
The other thing is the stacked pattern. As mentioned elsewhere in this article, the only difference between brickwork and a stacked pattern is shifting alternating rows just a little bit. Move it halfway, and you have brick. Move it the entire length, and you've got stacked. But what a difference in the two patterns!
This tile... comes from Susan Jablon. Susan began over 10 years ago with little more than a passion for mosaics and the ambition to expand. Now her thriving business includes a staff of 24 employees and a 21,000 square foot factory.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
Vertical Stacked Green and Brown Glass Subway Tile Backsplash
And there's even another way to install your tile: stack it vertically, not horizontally.
You can do this with these Susan Jablon tiles. In this project, the stacked tiles meet up perfectly with the bottom edge of the window sill.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
Traditional Light Blue Glass Subway Tile Backsplash
It doesn't get any more classic than this: a very light blue brickwork-patterned tile. It's Cristezza by Giro Bello: sheets of 8 tiles, 3"x6" each. Not only attractive, this tile is attractively-priced: about $4 per sheet.