Fresh Twists on White Tile

By Kate Riley April 21, 2022

Last week I featured a kitchen renovation with a white tile backsplash where I chose an offset vertical tile installation instead of a more traditional horizontal staggered pattern. I’ve used a variety of white tile mosaics in past bathroom remodels and kitchen renovations because they’re clean and timeless, but I’m always looking for ways to mix it up, make it modern, and avoid the ubiquitous plain subway tile look.

Below are four fresh and fabulous ways to use white tile in bathrooms and kitchens in a more contemporary way.

Change Direction

Opt for a vertical stacked or offset installation or a classic herringbone pattern.

west elm

sarah sherman samuel

the palm co

elise joy

casa watkins


Square It Up

Choose ceramic or zellige tiles in sizes ranging from 3×3” to 6×6” create a totally different look. Both stacked and offset installations look lovely!

via rue mag

fireclay tile

the palm co


Pencil it Out

Pencil tile is back in a big way, get on board with this trend by installing linear pencil tiles.

katrina lee chambers

lindy galloway

tile bar



Vary the Shape

Choose shapelier tiles in curvier styles or alternative geometrics instead of rectangles or squares.

via floor & decor


tile club 

fireclay tile

You might also like these creative geometric tile installations and contemporary bathroom tile wainscoting.

If you’re looking for the steps on how to install your own white tile backsplash, see this post that covers the basics of tile installation.

One comment

  1. Thanks Kate for sharing different ideas on how to lay out the tiles creatively! Beautiful results for each one of them. One issue with smaller tiles is grout maintenance, especially in the kitchen. Something to consider if you cook greasy food regularly.

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