Crisp, Classic White Tile
Classic white tile makes a seamless transition from wall to backsplash in virtually any kitchen design from modern to Craftsman.
We admit it, we’re a sucker for the timeless appeal of white subway tile. A fresh white tile color, like warm white Salt Creek from our budget-friendly Essentials Collection, paired with white grout subtly blends your design while offering your space a unique sense of texture that reflects light all the way up the wall.
Want to keep it classic but push the boundaries a bit? Choose one of our Specialty Shapes, like Kite shown here, with a timeless white glaze to get the best of both worlds. Kite’s elongated shape adds height to the space while the neutral glaze allows the shape to be the star of the show.
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Highlight Architectural Features
One of the main benefits of extending your backsplash to the ceiling is the opportunity to highlight the architectural features of your kitchen. If you have a window above your sink, counter-to-ceiling tile will frame the feature, turning what could be an overlooked design element into a showstopping focal point.
Counter-to-ceiling backsplash tile is also a great way to highlight your hood range. Choose a color, pattern, and backsplash material that complements your range, but doesn't overpower it. We love how the white modern hood range below is perfectly balanced by the texture and soothing sagey color of our Glazed Thin Brick.
Lean Into Color
If you’re drawn to bold, saturated colors we encourage you to go all in by using those colors counter to ceiling! A foolproof way to play with color in your kitchen backsplash is to apply it to a standard subway tile size. Vertically stacked subway tile draws the eye upward, giving your space the illusion of height even if you don’t have soaring ceilings.
Another beloved tile trend is to create a moody accent backsplash. A counter-to-ceiling backsplash in a dark tile color creates depth and drama, making the tile the center of attention. To keep the space bright, surround the dark accent tile with light colors.
Make It Mosaic
Whether you prefer a monochromatic look or a blend of colors, Mosaic Tile provides endless options to express your personal style. These small tiles create a striking backsplash taken up to the ceiling. And unlike some design trends that may fade over time, a well-executed Mosaic backsplash will remain an elegant feature for years to come.
With a plethora of sizes and materials available, it’s easy to customize your Mosaic backsplash exactly to your own specifications. The modern bathroom below basks in a soft pink glow from the sheeted Glass Tile counter-to-ceiling backsplash.
A Handpainted Statement
A counter-to-ceiling backsplash is the perfect place to use that Handpainted Tile you've had your eye on. If your kitchen features open shelving, the Handpainted Tile’s design is visible between the shelves for a stunning seamless look.
We suggest using a color motif that pairs well with the other surfaces in your kitchen, which will help highlight the other design elements rather than competing with them. The serene grey-white color scheme of the Handpainted backsplash below ties together the light wood upper cabinets and green base cabinets.
If you choose an intricate Handpainted pattern, consider focusing the backsplash in a contained area in your kitchen so it isn’t overwhelming. The floral motif of the custom tile below, thoughtfully placed behind the stove only, is the focal point of the entire kitchen.
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