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Picket: A Creative Subway Tile Alternative

By Shannon Malone |

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Tile shown: Picket in White Wash

When you hear "kitchen tile" a classic white subway tile backsplash is most likely the first thing that comes to mind.  And while subway tile is always a stylish and timeless option, sometimes your space simply calls for something a little different. In comes Picket, an elegant alternative to subway tile. Picket's beautifully articulated silhouette is inspired by gemstones to give your space a hint of modern luxe. To help get you inspired to try something new, we've put together our 5 favorite ways to mix things up with Picket.

1.) White and Off Whites

If you looking for a close alternative to white subway tile, try Picket in a white or off white hue.  The overall look will resemble the classic layout, but the gem-like quality of Picket will add a unique quality to your space.  We love Picket in our timeless white hue, White Wash

This Picket color palette looks fresh in contemporary and modern spaces, pairing well with sleek gray finishes, and crisp white grout.

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Tile shown: Picket in Pear

2.) Cool Grays

For a contemporary look that borders transitional, choose Picket in a cool, light gray hue such as Oyster Shell or Driftwood.  Both have a hint of green to them that will warm up your contemporary space, while adding a warm, welcoming quality.

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Tile colors shown: Oyster Shell and Driftwood

The kitchen below boasts a classic look that could be taken up a notch with a cool gray Picket Backsplash.  The white open shelving would look clean and contemporary against the subtle geometric backsplash in Oyster Shell.

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Image: The Inspired Room

3. ) Fresh Greens

If you love the idea of a subway tile alternative, but want to add some color to the design, try choosing a fresh green Tile hue such as Rosemary or Jade.

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Tile colors shown: Rosemary and Jade

Similar to the kitchen below, a pop of green tile in the backsplash area will add character to any modern design.  A Picket tile pattern in a fresh green will add an additional layer of texture and dimension to designs that feature clean, simple lines and other modern design features.

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Image and Design: MM ++ Architects; Photography: Nam Bui

4. ) Classic Blues

Another route to try is Picket in a classic blue, such as Crater Lake or Nautical.  Nautical inspired, these-ocean ready hues will give Picket just the right amount of color to add personality to your kitchen design.

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Tile colors shown: Crater Lake and Nautical

Take a cue from the kitchen below by creating a classic blue and white color scheme in your kitchen.  Pair a blue Picket backsplash with crisp white cabinetry and walls, and you can even add another layer of pattern with a blue Handpainted tile floor. 

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Image: Design Sponge

5. ) Moody Grays

Last but not least, we love to see our Picket shape used in deep, moody grays such as Cyclone and Iron Ore.  These brooding hues add a sense of drama that is highlighted by the angular features of Picket.

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Tile colors shown: Cyclone and Iron Ore

Use a moody Gray Picket tile backsplash to create contrast against white walls and cabinets similar to the contemporary kitchen below.  The gray and white color palette is complemented by stainless steel accents and dramatic lighting.

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Image: HGTV

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