Subway Tile Layouts for Kitchen Backsplashes

Posted 10/10/2015 by sitecore\sstinocher

Featured Image: Herringbone Subway Tile Pattern Inset into Traditional Offset for Kitchen Backsplash

Featured Image:  Herringbone subway tile pattern inset into
traditional offset for kitchen backsplash

Subway tile adds a classic look to any kitchen backsplash and is truly a timeless design piece. If you’re considering using this versatile tile for your kitchen backsplash, here are some of the different ways the tile can be laid, each providing its own lovely effect.

Subway Tile Design Patterns
Subway Tile Design Patterns

Check out our Serious Subway Pinterest Board for all types of design patterns and inspirations for your kitchen backsplash project.

1. Offset Brick

With an offset brick pattern, the subway tile is laid as described – like bricks. Also known as running bond, this layout is the way we most often see subway tile displayed, as it’s the most traditional and common.

Subway White
Offset Brick

2. Offset Brick Vertical

To create a slight twist, while still maintaining the traditional look the offset brick pattern provides, turn the tiles 90 degrees so they run the vertically. This look is especially appropriate for a more spacious area that has some height and would be perfect for a backsplash design that extends all the way up to the ceiling.

Offset Vertical Subway Tile Pattern Layout

Offset Vertical Subway Tile Pattern Layout

3. Diagonal

For another variation of the running bond, rotate the entire pattern 45 degrees to create a diagonal design. This pattern layout is very dynamic and eye-catching, with a more modern feel.

Diagonal Subway Tile Design Layout
Diagonal Subway Tile Design Layout

4. Stacked Horizontal or Vertical

Stacking subway tile horizontally or vertically provides an orderly, symmetrical grid that’s great for those wanting a bold yet minimalist look. This simple and stylish design layout is well suited to smaller spaces.

Vertical Stack Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash
Vertical Stack Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash

5. Herringbone

The herringbone pattern is popular in floor designs, but also makes a wonderful kitchen backsplash design. In this pattern, rows of tile are laid in slanted parallel lines, with the direction of the slant alternating row by row. Subway tile looks beautiful when portrayed in this distinct V-shaped weaving pattern.

Red Herringbone Subway Tile Layout Design
Red Herringbone Subway Tile Layout Design

6. Staggered

Consider mixing it up a bit and moving away from traditional patterns.  Our Smooth Series allows you to complete a backsplash with irregular sizes for a fresh and unique look.  The Smooth Series is an Italian made white body ceramic wall tile and offers a wide array of neutral and smoky color hues.

The research and development that led to the creation of this color palette is apparent. Due to its breadth of color offerings, this series can be used in combination with natural stone or other tile series, including glass tile. It is available in five colors, with White offered in both the glossy and matte finishes.

Smooth Smoke
Smooth Ceramic Subway Tile

Whichever way you choose to lay subway tile, you’re sure to end up with a kitchen backsplash that you love!

To discuss using subway tiles to design your kitchen backsplash, stop by any of our Arizona Tile locations to speak with one of our professionally trained consultants.