2020 Kitchen Tile Trends for Backsplash & Beyond

We're always pumped for all the new kitchen tile trends and those forever favorite classics. For those who practically live in the kitchen, this sacred gathering and nourishing space makes a house a home. We’re loving all the cool, fresh tile décor ideas we see trending for creative kitchen ideas

Light and Bright Kitchens are Majorly Trending

Whether you’re searching for those oh-so-perfect little tiles for the backsplash or glamorous metallic tiles to complement your brass kitchen sink, we’ve got you covered with every tile style in-between. If you’re dreaming of revamping your kitchen in the New Year, here you’ll find the best curation of kitchen tile trends for 2020.

Check out some our favorite kitchen inspiration below and browse our selection of kitchen backsplash tiles to find your perfect detail!


Big, Bold Kitchen Backsplash Tile + Flooring Ideas

Once a small factor in kitchen design for many, today’s backsplashes provide endless design opportunities for incorporating tile texture, color, pattern, motif, and fabulous focal points in the kitchen.

Metallic Hexagon Peel and Stick Backsplash

Some backsplashes soar to the ceiling with kitchen wall tile making for a dynamic way to accent your most oft-used cooking spaces. Others are turning to popular subway tiles and installing vertically for an exciting change from the classic horizontal application. You’ll find tons of exciting backsplash tile ideas plus inspirational kitchen flooring tile designs to pair them with.

Textured Tiles for a Tactile Touch

Textured Tiles for a Tactile Touch with Zellige Ceramic Mallorca Grey Tile

 Mallorca Grey 10x10

This farmhouse kitchen is full of character with charming wood countertop and open shelving with a vintage-look ceramic tile design for the backsplash. These stunning ceramic tiles have a handcrafted Zellige look that is majorly trending with designers and interior lovers! The backsplash is taken to just below the wood shelf for a more textural aesthetic. Pair with matching white floor tiles on a large scale for a rustic farmhouse style you’ll love!

Large Scale Tiles for Big Impact

Mixing Large and Small Hexagon Marble Tiles

Selo Grand Hexagon Carrara And Thassos Marble Mosaic Floor

Carrying over from years past, geometric kitchen tiles make for an emotive modern style that will certainly continue in popularity in 2020. We love the movement that this hexagon tile brings to the stove’s backsplash with a larger version picked up in the floor! The unity in the hexagon marble tiles keeps the look consistent, especially with a dominant gray and white color scheme.

Floral Tiles Big & Small  

Floral Eternity White Carrara

Floral Eternity White Carrara & Bardiglio Waterjet 
Mosaic Tile

Floral Dream Bianco Carrara

Floral Dream Bianco Carrara & Thassos Mosaic Tile & ThassoMosaic Tile


2019 saw botanical, floral, and fauna designs explode in wallpaper and tile designs. In the coming year, these nature-derived motifs are going to be even more popular for every room. Install floral mosaics on your walls and enjoy ever-fresh wildflowers every day!

Roman Flower Wooden Beige And Carrara Marble Mosaic Tile

Roman Flower Wooden Beige And Carrara Marble Mosaic Tile


Mother of Pearl Tile Décor for Glam Style

Mother of Pearl Tile Décor for Glam Style

Pure White Mother Of Pearl Tight Joints Square Mosaic

Magically iridescent, this naturally occurring composite material comes from the inner shell coating of mollusks and the outer coating of pearls. In interior design, mother of pearl or Nacre, as it is also known, makes a lovely accent material that adds sophistication, glamour, and elegance. It’s like jewelry for the kitchen! Here, square-shaped Mother of Pearl tiles glisten and mesmerize as a full wall backsplash in this incredible kitchen. This tile is seamless and easy to install.

Rustic Industrial Style with Open Shelving

Rustic Modern Kitchen with Wooden Beige 4X12 Honed Marble Tile

Wooden Beige 4X12 Honed Marble Tile

We have the top kitchen design trends of 2020 all in one place in this rustic farmhouse kitchen with modern industrial designs! The hand-placed herringbone backsplash in Wooden Beige 4X12 Honed Marble Tile adds to the natural feel of the wood grain cabinets and open shelves in this Colorado cottage that MM Eight designed!

Geometric Tiles

For those who love contemporary, minimalistic, or modern styles, a geometric backsplash might be the best choice. Whenever you use geometric tiles in neutral tones, it adds just the right amount of movement to your space. It also brings a unique and eclectic feel that you never get tired of. If your goal is to create a focal point in your kitchen, you can never go wrong with geometric tiles.

Arrowhead Marble Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Arrowhead Marble Mosaic Tile


Wood Look Marble Diamond Pattern Kitchen Backsplash

Mosaic Kitchen Tiles for a Natural Vibe

Deep Orange Foil Glossy And Frosted Square Mosaic Tile

Deep Orange Foil Glossy And Frosted Square Mosaic Tile

Forget the mosaic floor tile; there is now a myriad of mosaic tiles from which to choose so you can create a trendy yet classic look for your kitchen backsplash or full wall application. We dig the natural vibe of this deep orange foil square tile with its brilliant gloss and cool, frosted finish. Pair these warm and inviting mosaic tiles with large floor tiles for the kitchen in an earthy brown shade for a lovely compliment.

Blue & Grey Kitchen Walls Meld Marvelously

Thassos And Azul Cielo Double Hexagon Marble Mosaic Tile

Thassos And Azul Cielo Double Hexagon Marble Mosaic Tile

For those who lean towards neutral interiors, grey is also a safe and serene choice while giving any space an up-to-the-minute style. Applying geometric tiles in varying shades of blue and grey in different sizes creates an eye-catching visual without overwhelming the space. The grey kitchen walls, wood countertops, and crisp white cabinets create a fresh space for cooking to your heart’s content. Add kitchen tile flooring in light grey for a sleek pairing.

Colorful Cabinets Paired with Agate Geode Slice Backsplash

Wet Bar Backsplash with Trending Geode and Agate Slice Tile Backsplash

3" x 12" Blue Gemstone Agate Glass Tile

Besides black cabinetry, we see a big resurgence in blue cabinets from bright peacock to navy to sky blue as those shown here. To complement these enchanting blue hues, kitchen wall tiles and backsplashes for the kitchen must be exciting! We loved introducing these agate geode and gemstone inspired glass tiles this year - how perfect is this colorful backsplash for a kitchen bar! A white marble kitchen floor tile will look amazing with this type of backsplash and blue cabinets.


Wood Inspired Tile Backsplash

Wooden Glass Subway Mosaic Tile

Wooden Glass Subway Mosaic Tile

We've all heard about the benefits of wood-looking porcelain planks for your floors. But how about the walls? If you’re longing for a rustic-style kitchen with a touch of modern chic, wood look-glass tiles should be your choice. Luminosity of glass combined with vibrant wood patterns will definitely make your kitchen a little more exciting. You’ll love the natural textured look these tiles give your cooking space. Pair it will marble counters or stainless steel for a contrasting style to create a one-of-kind design. 


Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Backsplash Tile

Q: Why are tiles so popular for kitchen backsplash designs?

A: While you can finish kitchen walls with other materials, you’re more likely to use slate, granite, marble, quartz, or natural stone as a heavy and durable countertop option. By contrast, tiles are simpler to install on a vertical surface, easy to wipe clean behind a bubbling stove top, and come in a huge variety that can complement the rest of your kitchen style to perfection!


Q: What is the most popular kitchen backsplash tile?

A: Geometric Pearl White Thassos Shell Tile is one of the bestselling tiles at Tile Club! It's perfect for your minimalistic plans for the kitchen as the tone-on-tone shell and marble add detail and a beautiful shine without creating a complicated pattern.


Q: How do I know if I can use a tile in my kitchen?

A: Thanks to the highly durable nature of tiles, you can use almost any design that is applicable on walls for your kitchen backsplash! If you’re looking for a good place to get started, you can check out our gallery of Kitchen designs, or browse tiles by project, then narrow down by material, size, color, and finish. If you’re not sure, just check the Area of Use in the description of your favorite tile to make sure it can be installed on an Indoor Wall!

We hope you were inspired by our kitchen tile backsplash ideas along with compatible tile floor suggestions to create your own dream kitchen! Good luck, and happy tiling!

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