​Tile: we see it on the floor, as a kitchen backsplash, or as a way to make our showers look better and add sophistication to a space—but it really contributes to the look and feel of a room.

​When guests walk into your kitchen, the first thing they will notice is your backsplash, because it is the first place their eyes will be drawn to. Choosing your backsplash is your one opportunity to make a statement in the kitchen, and it’s your choice whether you make it with color, texture, or pattern.

​Let’s look at all of the different factors that play into the decision to select the perfect, eye-catching backsplash.

Tile Material

​There are many different types of tiles used in home improvement, but the most popular types used in the kitchen are ceramic and porcelain. Ceramic and porcelain both offer versatile, clay-based surfaces and they can look like whatever you want them to look like in terms of shape and finish. These are great because they stand up well to water, are very resilient, and make the most economical sense compared to other types.

Tile Texture

​If you love the rectangular subway tiles but want to make sure there is some character in your kitchen, you can choose to have beveled subway tile or handmade subway tile. Beveled tile has sloped edges, which can give the backsplash texture, the illusion of dimension, and lend a retro feel to the space while maintaining a polished look. Handmade tile, on the other hand, has subtle, natural-looking imperfections to soften its look and add personality to the space.

Handmade subway tile

Beveled subway tile

Tile Pattern

​While a classic horizontal display of subway tile is something that will remain a staple, tile patterns such as Herringbone tiles are growing in popularity as well. If you decide to use Herringbone tiles, it will level up your backsplash and add a sophisticated touch. As for other shapes, hexagon tiles are in style right now, too. Oversized hexagons as your backsplash can give your kitchen a mid-century modern style to spice up your space.

Tile Color

​Color plays a large part in how your backsplash will affect the space. Soft whites and light grays have reigned as the top choices for interior design recently, but colors like black are making headway into the design world because of their natural ability to make a space pop! Lighter, neutral shades are trendy because they make your space feel brighter and larger. However, if you are bold and brave enough to go darker, you will create a more dramatic appearance in your kitchen, as seen below.

​In the future, you will start to see more colors show up in the kitchen as homeowners decide to get more daring and creative with their spaces.

Choose The Tile That's Best for You

​Maybe you like to keep things simple and neutral, or maybe you want to make jaws drop at the sight of your kitchen. Either way, your home design should be unique and timeless to fit your lifestyle. If you are looking to build a home or want to renovate, these modern backsplash tile ideas can get you started.

​Whether you are choosing to brighten it up or go bold, the choice is yours. When you are ready to put together your dream kitchen, our Design Professionals are ready to help you along the way!

​How will you use tile to enhance your kitchen makeover?


Bray Barbee
Bray Barbee


As the Design Studio Manager at M/I Homes Charlotte, Bray’s job is to assist customers with their design choices and help achieve their dream home. Bray has a background in interior design, has been in the construction industry for 9 years, and was even selected for the Emser Tile National Design Council. When she’s not taking appointments in the Design Studio, Bray is spending time with her two sons in her countryside home.