7 smart kitchen tile ideas to update and improve a tired scheme FAST

Casting about for kitchen tile ideas? More often than not, a quick update is all that’s needed to give your kitchen a refresh – and a new splashback will do just that

Kitchen tile ideas
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Hands up if you’ve become a little bit tired of seeing your current kitchen scheme every time you get another snack for the kids or whilst waiting for the kettle to brew your 1,000th cuppa since lockdown? Well, we’ve come up with some fabulous new kitchen tile ideas that will give your splashback – and your whole kitchen – a brand new look. Swap the splashback tiles, and the kitchen makeover is sorted.

As well as being practical, tiles can be a bold or textural design statement, so have a look below for inspiration and advice. P.S. You can buy the tiles online if you don’t fancy queuing outside a store which is always a bonus. 

For more kitchen ideas, don't miss our inspiration-packed gallery. And for more kitchen splashback ideas, we have a design feature, too.

1. Small kitchen? Carry your tile colour scheme through to make it look bigger

Kitchen tile ideas

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If you want to make a small kitchen feel larger, one way to do so is to carry the colour scheme through to the next space, whether the dining room, living room or – as in the case of this gorgeous kitchen (which you can see more of in our feature) – through to the garden. The inviting orange of the tiles matches the bricks perfectly, with the tiles turned lengthways for a subtle change in pattern.

2. Use textured kitchen tiles to create visual interest

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If colour isn’t your bag, then opt for a sophisticated textural tile, which can make a muted kitchen decor scheme much more interesting. These by Tile Mountain add a 3D element due to their interlocking design which works really well here in contrast to the walls which are a smooth crisp white – they also have a shimmering sparkle finish. The wooden worktop and shelf bring out the natural shades of the tiles creating a calming, ‘zen’ like quality in this space. Keep accessories simple and in similar tones.

3. Create a kitchen zone in an open-plan space

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One way to create a unified scheme that works brilliantly in a larger, open plan kitchen is by choosing flooring for the kitchen zone that matches the splashback tiles but differs from the flooring in the rest of the space. And patterned tiles will make a larger kitchen feels more cosy, and a small kitchen feel more co-ordinated.

For those pattern lovers amongst us, these are for you. They are called ‘Swing’ from Tons of Tiles; we love the circle design and how easy the colours are to accessorise with. Made from porcelain, they have a faux encaustic quality that ensures they are right on trend. Team with blond wood and a pale grey as shown – one bonus is that you can use them on the floor too.

4. Super-size kitchen tiles for a subtle look in a boho space

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If yours is a boho style kitchen with lots of lovely detailing, it pays to keep your splashback tiles as plain as possible – and that means as few grout lines as possible, too, so that everything has space to breathe (visually), and nothing has to fight for attention, with the result that the kitchen feels calm and uncluttered. Here, supersized tiles cover the splashback and cooker hood. The only caveat is that your walls (or floors) have to be as flat and even as a pancake to take tiles this size... 

See the rest of this stylish home in our guide.

5. Make the room feel taller with this kitchen tile idea

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Taking your splashback higher than usual is a great way to add a wall that oozes colour and texture. It works particularly well if you have a low ceiling and you want to create the illusion that it’s higher – the linear quality and the way the tile is fixed vertically rather than horizontally will draw the eye up. Plus, in a boxy, modern space with little character, it'll do the job of injecting personality for you. 

Love colour? Be brave. Isn’t this colour heavenly? These tiles are similar to Pantone’s Living Coral colour from 2019, they will warm up a north-facing kitchen and create a colourful hub for the family to relax in. Tiles by Walls and Floors.

6. Flat-fronted units and sleek appliances? Pick a small tile

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If your kitchen is all about simplicity and minimalism, pick a small tile to add pleasing detailing. For a modern feel opt for this contemporary mosaic from CTD Tiles, they work fabulously well with black and white, and they feature distressed metal pieces in three tonal grey hues. So if you love metallic accessories these tiles are your perfect match! 

7. Choose accessories to match your tiles for a co-ordinated look

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These pretty pale green tiles give a fresh feel to this kitchen from the Harvey Jones Linear range, whilst adding in a colour that sits perfectly with the warm wood accents in the rest of the space. We love how the kitchen stools are a similar tone, it brings the green out into the room and who doesn’t love a splash of colour? You can have fun shopping online for glasses, bowls and storage tins in a similar shade to create a cohesive feel.