Handwriting is on the Wall – Tiles for Your Kitchen and Bath Backsplash

The wall space above the counters in a bathroom or kitchen is a prime area for splashes of all kinds — water, soap, dirt, grease, your famous tomato sauce, and even flames! Protecting your home with a durable backsplash — a material that covers this wall space — is a solution that takes advantage of this area as a prime decor opportunity, as well. We’ve compiled a mini guide to backsplashes to both durability and style. 

The Benefits of a Backsplash

Whether during new construction, remodeling, or as a quick update to existing decor, a backsplash can make a big splash with color, shape, size, texture, installation pattern, or all of the above! 

What to Look for in a Backsplash Material

A homeowner’s primary concern when considering backsplash materials is that it needs to be able to stand up to the elements that the space is exposed to on a daily basis.

The material you choose should be moisture- and flame-resistant for your family’s health and safety. Also, your backsplash should be low-maintenance since the backsplash is an area that can get messy and require regular cleaning (think of simmering sauces in the kitchen or makeup stains in the bathroom). 

Choose a material that works with your cabinetry, flooring, paint, fixtures, and appliances. A backsplash can coordinate with your existing elements or you can use the backsplash as an opportunity for a pop of color or pattern. Most importantly, choose a backsplash material that is stylistically versatile — one that gives you many options so that you can find the perfect backsplash design for your kitchen or bathroom. 

Backsplash Designs — Choose Your Style

Mosaic Tile

Small mosaic tiles are beautifully suited for smaller surface areas such as backsplashes. Tile mosaics have come to be known as a creative combination of shapes, colors, and textures. 

Subway Tile

Subway tile is admired for a classic look with clean lines that works well in a broad range of decorating styles, ranging from farmhouse to ultra-modern. Traditional white subway tile has inspired a new generation of subway looks that are available in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and dimensional shapes.

Patterned Tile

Backsplashes can provide an excellent space to show off patterned tile, especially if you want the backsplash to be the focal point of the room or when you might shy away from patterns in larger spaces. Tile patterns can also be created through the layout installation by combining tiles in a purposeful repetition or by random selection to create a unique design.

Hexagon Tile

Hexagons have a vintage heritage that continues to transcend time and be ever-contemporary. Hexagons lend a playful honeycomb texture to your kitchen or bathroom while also creating a satisfying, organized look. For a unique twist, consider going with bold contrasting colors or a staggered design.

Herringbone Tile Pattern

The herringbone tile pattern adds visual interest to a tile installation and can look completely different depending on the size and color of tile you go with. Choose a monochromatic tile color and colored grout to emphasize the pattern itself or a mix of colors to create a dazzling design.

Dimensional Tile

If you’re only considering flat tile options, you’re overlooking an entire avenue of design possibilities. Advances in manufacturing allow you to bring your backsplash to another dimension and add a textured look to your space.


Crafted by skilled artisans, Waterworks’ tiles come in a worldly palette, from light neutrals to rich, deep and brightly saturated hues. Each carefully selected shade complements the next, for limitless combinations. All the tile shown in these photos is from Waterworks. Immerse is an exclusive showroom and carrier of Waterworks in St. Louis. Schedule a tour of our display and discuss your next project with one of our team members.