Sick of Subway Tile? 7 Different Patterns To Freshen Up Your Backsplash

Interiors & Decor


Whether fashion or in the home, the classics never go out of style. Consider the Little Black Dress, a classic white oxford, or a trench coat, however sometimes these items need a bit of reimagining. Subway tile is one of those classic design elements in home decor that never goes out of style, but it could use a bit of a refresh to shake it up. What’s what I love about this staple. With subway tile, there are many different variables to play with: orientation, tile color and grout color. Each of these elements can be specifically tailed to your liking to further customize your home.

I played around with a few different ways to execute a simple tile pattern (see above) to give it a bit more visual interest, and found some inspirational images via Pinterest. Hope this help take an affordable tile solution to the next level!


If you’re a traditionalist, a standard subway tile pattern can be amplified with dark grout. Very traditional and super sharp.



Rectangles don’t have to be boring. Horizontal and vertical variations lead your eyes up to a stunningly large mirror or beautiful fixture.


Looking for an entirely new shape? Adiamond pattern with matching white grout is an untraditional way to brighten up a dreary sink area. Any faucet is sure to pop against the subtle design.


I LOVE herringbone patterns and a backsplash is a less expensive way to include the pattern in your decor. White tile with dark grey or black grout adds texture and a fun visual interest. Add sleek metal accents to amp up lots of white.


Grid patterns aren’t just for calculus notebooks. Pair with square floor tiles in a contrasting color for a bold look.


Why stick with white?? Color is back and in a big way. Go with a solid color, or pepper in little pops of color in a randomized pattern.

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BY Kate Arends - April 12, 2016

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April 12, 2016 3:27 pm

I love all of these tiles so much! I can’t wait until I own my home so I can do all kinds of DIY projects and renovations!

April 14, 2016 7:40 pm

Beautiful though the prices goes way up for the labor as the pattern becomes more complicated (I’m talking to you beautiful herringbone!)

April 15, 2016 8:00 pm
Reply to  Nicole

Good to know… we haven’t priced it all out yet. It’s so pretty!!!

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