I cannot believe how much our new subway tile backsplash has totally transformed our entire kitchen. In case you could not already tell, the backsplash was not the only changes that we made in here, but it was the final piece to the puzzle. Our new blue kitchen cabinets and all of the light fixtures and things look really good before, but somehow installing that backsplash just finally made it look complete. I knew from the day that we started planning our kitchen renovations that I wanted to do a simple white subway tile design. That style always caught my eye in the kitchen backsplash pictures on here, and I felt that it would be the most versatile option that we could use. The even better news was that it was actually the cheapest option that our tile shop offered as well.
When I picture a white subway tile backsplash, kitchens like these are what come to mind for me. Something that is bright and open, with that slightly contemporary feel combined with the classic elegance of white cabinetry and polished chrome fixtures. Even though I have seen subway tile backsplash ideas in a ton of different settings, decor styles, color palettes, and even materials, it is these homes that always stand out the most to me. As we begin planning out the kitchen in our new home, I pulled these photos out again to give us some direction for the new design. The kitchen backsplash designs are obviously already chosen, now we are just narrowing down the other elements that we want to weave in there with it.
I thought it would be fun to post some pictures of our new subway tile backsplash, in case anybody else is considering doing a major tile project in their kitchen. I actually was never able to find photos on here of a home that went quite this far with their backsplash. Open shelving (especially flanking the range) with a subway tile kitchen backsplash behind is quite popular right now, so I was able to find a ton of inspiration photos to help me determine exactly how I wanted to do it. There was not a single photo of a homeowner that brought that backsplash to a full focal wall though. That is not to say that we are oh so innovate and it has not been done before, but I wanted to show people how awesome it can look to extend your backsplash tile ideas farther than you might think. Not to mention, it makes cleaning up in here so much easier than if you had standard painted walls.
It is always so cool to me how a simple subway tile backsplash can look so different depending on what home you are in and the style that they have chosen to use both in the kitchen as well as the rest of the home. Beautiful kitchens come in all shapes, styles, colors and themes, and this is definitely one of the more unique ones that I have seen on here. The giant metal range hood paired with the contrasting cabinets (they actually have three different finishes going on in here) and awesome Spanish tile accent behind the stove all combine to create a really cool look. I could not imagine any other kitchen tiles design that would have not only not clashed with everything that is going on in here, but also enhance it.
While I have loved our subway tile backsplash for years (and still do), I am really wanting to change that picture design that is behind our large gas range. In my opinion, the rest of our kitchen looks super on updated and on trend (even though it really is not new) because the cabinets and countertops that we have are so timeless. The only thing that is really dating is is the kitchen backsplash tile in that one area. If we could pop that out and install something different, I actually think that this room would be pretty darn near perfect (at least in my opinion). With that being said, I have been struggling with which of the many kitchen backsplash ideas 2022 that I have seen on here to actually replace the old tile with. I love the idea of doing a marble herringbone design, but I am not sure how that would look against the plain white subway tile that would surround it. What do you think?
I think that a subway tile backsplash is one of the most versatile options if you are wavering between patterns and materials. I don't know if you have seen the hundreds and hundreds of subway tile photos on here, but you will see the same material used in anywhere from a super modern kitchen like this one, to the most traditional home out there. The reason that I think it works so well is because, depending on how the tile is applied, you can make it look super sleek like they did here or you can make it look more vintage by staggering it. Most people use plain white, but there are also a ton of really cool options in a variety of colors or even different materials like glass and marble. The number of backsplash ideas using this type of tile is truly endless these days.