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Design Trends: Hexagons in the Kitchen

By Lindsey |

Tile Shown: 6" Hexagons in Daffodil // Photo: Aubrie Pick

Hexagons are a great shape because they can feel both modern and timeless depending on the size and color you pick. Plus it's the preferred shape for honeybees and who doesn't love that? While we're all very accustomed to seeing this popular shape in a bathroom setting, we especially love them in the kitchen. Ideal for both flooring and your backsplash, hexagons fit into an array of design styles.

We're sharing our favorite ways to use the beloved hexagon in your kitchen below, but if you would like more inspiration, head over to our Pinterest Board!

For Your Backplash:
Geometric shapes are a trend that's here to stay and there's no reason that hexagons shouldn't be up for consideration for your backsplash!

We love how this geometric shape makes for a clean, yet textured focal point in this bright kitchen:


Tile Shown: 4" Hexagons in Prussian Blue // Design: Aleah Rouse

Trim is something that you might have to consider if the edges of your hexagons will be exposed in your space. You can opt for 1x6 Flatliner pieces in the same glaze as your hexagons:

Tile Shown: 2" Hexagons in White Wash with 1 x 6 White Wash Flatliner trim // Design: Matt Muenster // Photos: Cambria Quartz

Or, another trim option is metal Schluter Strip (as shown in the backsplash below). Fireclay does not sell Schluter, but it comes in lots of different sizes and finishes. It can be a discreet trim option for pattern heavy spaces. 
Image: Design Sponge

For a look like the one above, try our 3" Hexagons in White Wash:


Larger hexagons work very well if you are extending your backsplash up past the standard upper cabinet height (18"). We think 4" or 6" hexagons look best in backsplash applications:


Tile Shown: 4" Hexagons in Aqua // Design: Elana Jadallah


Tile Shown: 6" hexagons in Navy Blue // Design: Kate Arends

We can't glaze the edges of our hexagons, but if they extend high enough, you can leave them raw for a more graphic edge detail: 

Don't be afraid to go small with your hexagons. We love how sweet these mosaic 2" hex's look in this natural-inspired backsplash:


Tile Shown: 2" Hexagons in Gypsum // Design: Jennifer Chong

If you want to highlight the shape of your hexagons a bit more, simply choose a contrasting grout to your tile color:


Tile Shown: 6" Hexagons in Daffodil // Photo: Aubrie Pick

Pro Tip: Whenever using a contrasting color to your grout, test first to make sure the pigments in your grout don't stain your tile. Additional grout release or sealant may help in stain prevention. 

Hexagons look great in a blend of colors. For added interest, try an "ombre" lay by selecting a couple light to dark glazes:  

 
Tile Shown: 4" Hexagons in a blend of Rainy Day, French Linen, and Feldspar // Design: K Interiors

Pro Tip: If you're thinking of blending colors, make sure all of your glazes are on the same clay body-- either all recycled red clay colors or all white clay colors. If you're not sure which is which, flip your samples over. Recycled clay colors will have a red back and white clay colors will have a white back! If you still have questions, you can always ask your Design Consultant. 

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For Your Kitchen Floors:
Hexagons work well for the kitchen because while they certainly add interest, they don't overly compete with other design elements. Easily paired with classic subway, field or handpainted tiles, this versatile shape makes for a dynamic flooring option. While you'll typically see smaller hexes in a bathroom setting (3" or 4'" to prevent slipping in a more wet environment), you can go for a large 6", 8", or even 12" in the kitchen.


Tile Shown: 6" Hexagons in Crater Lake; 2 x 6 blend in Crater Lake and Caribbean // Design: Meg Braff Designs // Photo: David Land

A neutral blend of colors in 8" hexagons on the floor is a unique way to add color and pattern to a kitchen: 


Tile Shown: 8" Hexagons in a blend of Nautical, Shale, Cyclone, and Daisy

Hexagons are always a hit, and we imagine they'll continue to be a favorite for years to come! 

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