When it comes to making upgrades at home, the kitchen is an easy target, and we’ve set our sights on the best-tiled kitchens on the internet. After all, why not start your makeover in the heart of the home? Even though there’s no shortage of kitchen inspiration (and Pinspiration) to be found, it can be hard to figure out how to take classic kitchen details and make them your own. The first place we’d advise investing? Tiles. And we know you want to see the best-tiled kitchens for inspiration.
Tiles are a great way to build texture balance in any kitchen, playing off modern design features and finishes from wood to cement to shiny metallics. Glossy or matte, light or dark, pattern or solid, tiles can often be that extra missing ingredient that gives a kitchen its unique character. And those of us who love to entertain know that guests will inevitably congregate in the kitchen, so we want to be proud of the personality of the space where we cook, eat, entertain, and indulge in the occasional midnight snack.
Whether you spend more time playing chef or sous-chef, tile is definitely back in style, and we’ve rounded up the best-tiled kitchens to prove it. Scroll for 13 stunning tiled kitchens to inspire your next remodel.
Black & White
In Hollywood It Girl Nina Dobrev’s kitchen, the tile backsplash is anything but basic. High-contrast black-and-white geometric tiles create major impact off softer pale-blue cabinets and a white subway tile floor laid in a herringbone pattern. Copper hardware and warm wood accents lend a few curves to round out this geometric kitchen space.
Classic Subway Tile
Subway tile is always a can’t-go-wrong choice, and we love the way this kitchen mixes together different surfaces that are both polished and textured, warm and cool. No need to go against the grain: The combination of glossy white tiles and dark grout make the backsplash pop among cement countertops and dark wood panels.
Old World Charm
That feeling when your floor is also art: A blue-and-white tile floor evokes old-world European style in this light-filled kitchen. Against bright white walls and cabinets, these patterned tiles make a bold statement while retaining a classic appeal.
Updated Penny Tile
A dark tile backsplash sets the mood for evening entertaining, particularly when your definition of following a recipe involves mixing a cocktail rather than making a meal. In this kitchen, the chic metallic shelves and bar-top accents are narrowly outshone by the sleek, glossy finish on the black penny tiles.
A tiled floor is a perfect way to add interest to a warm, minimal kitchen. A little pattern goes a long way, with the smaller scale floor repeat giving the space an overall texture from the first glance.
This farmhouse kitchen is helping us to brainstorm the kitchen space of our dreams, one tile at a time. Against a whitewashed backdrop, this kitchen is a well-appointed mashup of country and contemporary.
It doesn’t get more classic than a blue kitchen. So how do you make blue feel new? Take a peek under the hood. A patterned cement-tile backsplash gives this kitchen a unique, energetic boost.
Touch of Texture
We’ve got three words for what we love about this kitchen tile: texture, texture, texture. No two of these terra-cotta tiles are the same, creating highs and lows and hints of color along the wall that range from white to gray to blush.
Forget hardwoods: We’re floored by the tile floor in this blue kitchen. The chic arabesque pattern gives the space instant wow factor while also creating a tight color story with matching gray-blue cabinets.
The white kitchen in Lauren Conrad’s Pacific Palisades home proves that a clean, bright kitchen never goes out of style. Open wood shelving helps maintain a lighter touch overall, and, of course, we’re not complaining about the white cabinets juxtaposed with a beautiful white backsplash. The floating shelves and darker hardware bring contrast and warmth for an overall inviting feel.
If your kitchen tile style airs on the earthy side, a neutral cement tile can create subtle natural levels of color within a patterned design. The gray-and-white tones in this textural backsplash connect the dark and light elements within a monochrome kitchen motif.
For a fresh twist on a classic subway tile, try a different angle. Mixing both horizontal and vertical subway tiles creates a subtle riff on a classic backsplash. Kitchen: accomplished.
Black and white can be a go-to color combination for many rooms, kitchens included. In actress Sasha Alexander’s home, a black-and-white backsplash adds just the right amount of high contrast to the casual neutral textures around the kitchen island.
This post was originally published on March 16, 2017, and has since been updated.