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How to Choose the Best Backsplash Tile for Your Home - Part 1

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

Choosing backsplash tile can be an incredibly daunting task without the correct expertise and guidance. There are so many types of materials, layouts, patterns, and finishes to choose from that it can become overwhelming. Thankfully, you do not have to go through this process alone and can easily have the home of your dreams turned into your reality when you connect with our design experts who specialize in interior design services for kitchens.

First, let's take a closer look at the five main types of materials used in backsplash tiling...

Ceramic & Porcelain

Ceramic and porcelain tile are two of the most common choices when it comes to tile. Not only is it easy to keep clean, but it is also a shape-shifter and provides a vast range of universal designs. It can be whatever you want it to be. It can look "tile-like" by mixing and matching bold colors. Or, it can go the opposite direction and look natural, mimicking the look of stone.


Providing a luxurious finish, glass tile backsplashes have a cool, sophisticated look that does not compromise on style. The reflective surface of glass elevates any design by returning light and can brighten any room. Ranging from a transparent, patterned look to a stunning iridescent or unique pearlescent design, there is a glass tile backsplash to compliment any rooms' design.

Natural Stone - Travertine, Limestone, & Marble

If you're searching for a way to incorporate more of a natural look into your home, look no further than travertine tile. This naturally occurring limestone-based stone is formed around mineral springs which creates a pallet of soft color tones. The gorgeous natural beauty provides the perfect backdrop for any design and allows you to create a space that will truly amaze your guests.


Marble is a classic element that immediately elevates any design when incorporated into a room. It can be used as a focal point of the room and acts as a piece of art that draws attention to the natural beauty of the stone. This stone choice adds elegance and brightens any design.


Terracotta is a traditional element that can be used in any design from backsplash to floor tiling. This material is typically hand painted and is used in luxury kitchen remodels and custom backsplash projects. With dozens of patterns, colors, and sizes to choose from, a terracotta backsplash can give your kitchen a Spanish-inspired look.


Tiles made of pigmented cement, or concrete tiles, are admired for their simplicity in materials and intricacy in design possibilities. They are loved for their beauty and for the fact that they can be refinished over and over like hardwood floors. Create a modern look by transforming any room in your home with concrete tiling.

Next Steps

Now that you have an understanding of the tile materials and the many backsplash tile designs you can choose from, you're ready to start making decisions on your kitchen or bathroom.

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