When planning a kitchen design or remodel, a lot of time and attention go into selecting some of the bigger ticket items like cabinets, appliances, and countertops. Often the backsplash selection can fall to the bottom of the priority list. What some people don’t consider is the impact a well thought-out backsplash can have on the overall aesthetic of a kitchen; it can really tie the whole design together. The backsplash is also one of the first elements your eye is immediately drawn to in a kitchen. Currently, one of the most popular backsplash choices is glass subway tile. This classic shape has taken on a modern twist with its new glossy finish.


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While glass subway tiles are on trend, you don’t have to worry about this backsplash looking dated in 20 years. This pattern has been a popular tile choice for centuries. Subway tile, no matter the finish, is a timeless backsplash option. For additional longevity, consider a neutral glass tile color. This will allow you to easily change out the kitchen décor down the road.
Not only are they stylish, glass subway tiles are very easy to clean and maintain. If you splatter oil or spaghetti sauce onto this backsplash, the non-porous surface can simply be wiped off. Seal the backsplash grout after installation to create an additional stain barrier.
Glass subway tiles come in a rainbow of color options. Choose a light gray tile for a bright and airy kitchen, deep red for an ultra modern “cuisine,” or an aqua tile for a coastal-inspired kitchen. No matter the color scheme, you are sure to find the perfect shade of glass tile for your kitchen.
To really highlight a glass backsplash, consider adding under cabinet lighting. Since glass subway tile is so lustrous, extra fixtures will make the backsplash shine as well as provide additional task lighting. Recessed lights or mini eyeball lights around the perimeter of the kitchen will also reflect off of the glassy tile surface and add visual interest.
Characterized by an iconic staggered layout, the classic brick pattern will give a kitchen more of a traditional look. This installation style is great for vintage or transitional homes and is a popular choice in general.
While still a classic design, the brick pattern installed vertically is fresh and unexpected. Try this layout in a more modern setting to mix up traditional elements. This pattern is especially suited for kitchens with lower ceilings as the pattern will add visual height.
Clean and simple lines are the epitome of the straight-stacked pattern. Perfect for modern kitchens, this layout exudes contemporary flair. Another perk to this pattern is that it is generally the easiest and least labor-intensive pattern to install.
The herringbone pattern is both fashion-forward and timeless. Often seen in brick walkways, this pattern is classic but newly popular in tile applications. Use the herringbone pattern in older home renovations to seamlessly blend modern and historic style.

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