If the idea of white subway tile seems a tad too predictable, patchwork tiles take the material to a whole new level with mix and match patterns and colors. Europeans have long mixed tile patterns, and now the ability to use inkjet technology on porcelain tiles has allowed for more detailed patterns and designs. Read on for ideas and sourcing.
Above: A backsplash made from handmade Purpura tiles.
Above: A kitchen backsplash from Copenhagen-based Made a Mano tiles made from their Novecento line of lavastone tiles.
Above: A backsplash created from Made a Mano tiles in a blue palette.
Above: Colorful patchwork tiles in a Brazilian kitchen; photograph via Cozinha da Matilde.
Above: Black and white mix and match tiles provide contrast to this otherwise white kitchen. Cle tiles offer a collection of Moroccan Handmade Encasutic TIles in black, white, and gray patterns. Photograph via Mechant Design.
Above: Mix and match kept simple with this backsplash from Made a Mano with mixed colors of horizontal tiles.
Above: A blue and white backsplash from Odyssey's Blue Tapestry Collection.
Above: The blue tiled floor of the restaurant Maritim Barcleona features a mix of patterns; Granada tile in Los Angeles offers a selection of graphic blue and white designs from their Echo Tile collection.