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DIY Idea: Tiny Tiled Backsplashes That Pack a Punch

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DIY Idea: Tiny Tiled Backsplashes That Pack a Punch

August 3, 2023

Noticed recently: backsplashes comprised of just a handful of tiles. It’s maximum impact for minimum expense and very little tiling time—especially punchy when the tiles are hand-painted.

Without further ado, some inspiration for the kitchen and bath:

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Above: A single row of tiles in Sophie Caulfeild’s kitchen expands into a four-by-six grid behind the sink and then back again. The tiles are from Sophie’s ceramic tile studio, Feild: “They’re design which I created based on a motif found in the ceramics of the Victorian ceramicist, William De Morgan,” she told Fan. (See more in Kitchen of the Week: A Waste-Conscious Remodel for a Ceramic Tile Designer.)
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Above: Even the skinniest of backsplashes is intriguing.
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Above: In A Former Burberry Designer’s Playful Family Bath, “the hand-painted backsplash tiles are by artist Hal Haines, who sells them on Glassette for £30 each as Tile Trivets (unfortunately, they’re currently sold out),” Margot reports. (Similar whimsical tiles can be found via the artist Toni Darling Frankk.)
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Above: Ten green tiles create a minimal backsplash behind the sink in A Vintage-Inspired Apartment in Hackney from Abel Sloane and Ruby Woodhouse of 1934. (A matching spare backsplash appears behind the stove.)
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Above: In LA Autumnal: A 1920s House Makeover Composed in Jewel Tones, Reath Design opted for a mishmash of Moroccan Terracotta Tiles from Clé. For the most penny-pinching among us, a tiny backsplash means you can shop tile makers and retailers for extras and seconds, matching or not. Photograph by Laure Joliet, courtesy of Reath Design.
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Above: And in the kitchen of that same Reath Design project: a backsplash with a slim profile, just two tiles tall. Photograph by Laure Joliet, courtesy of Reath Design.

For tiles we love, head to Trend Alert: Bold Hand-Painted Tiles by Designers and Artists. And for more trends, see:

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Frequently asked questions

What is a skinny tiled backsplash?

A skinny tiled backsplash is a type of backsplash that uses narrow or slim tiles to create a sleek and minimalistic look.

Why is the skinny tiled backsplash considered a minimal trend?

The skinny tiled backsplash is considered a minimal trend because it features narrow tiles that create a clean and streamlined look. It avoids excessive pattern or ornamentation, focusing on simplicity and functionality.

What types of tiles are commonly used for skinny tiled backsplashes?

Common types of tiles used for skinny tiled backsplashes include subway tiles, mosaic tiles, and slim rectangular tiles.

Can I install a skinny tiled backsplash myself?

Yes, installing a skinny tiled backsplash can be a DIY project. However, it requires careful preparation, tile cutting, and grouting. It is recommended to have some experience or seek professional guidance if you are a beginner.

How do I choose the right tile color for my skinny tiled backsplash?

Choosing the right tile color for your skinny tiled backsplash depends on your overall kitchen design. Neutral colors like white, gray, or beige are popular for a minimalistic look, while bolder colors can add a statement to the space.

Are skinny tiled backsplashes suitable for all kitchen styles?

Yes, skinny tiled backsplashes can work well with various kitchen styles. They are versatile and can complement both modern and traditional aesthetics. The key is to choose the right tiles and colors that harmonize with the overall kitchen design.

How do I maintain and clean a skinny tiled backsplash?

To maintain and clean a skinny tiled backsplash, regularly wipe it down with a mild cleanser and a non-abrasive cloth or sponge. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the tiles.

Can I use a skinny tiled backsplash in areas besides the kitchen?

Yes, skinny tiled backsplashes are not limited to kitchens. They can be installed in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or any other area where you want to add a sleek and minimalistic touch.

Is it necessary to seal the tiles on a skinny tiled backsplash?

The need to seal the tiles on a skinny tiled backsplash depends on the type of tiles used. Some tiles, like natural stone or porous materials, may require sealing to protect them from stains or water damage. It is best to consult the manufacturer's recommendations or seek professional advice.

What are the benefits of a skinny tiled backsplash?

The benefits of a skinny tiled backsplash include its minimalistic and sleek appearance, easy maintenance, versatility, and the ability to add a stylish touch to any kitchen or other areas in your home.

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