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Tile by Style: Kitchen Tile with a Modern Twist

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Tile by Style: Kitchen Tile with a Modern Twist

Tile shown: Ogee Drop in White Wash; Image: Shooting LA; Design: AIH Development

Last week, we covered how to create a Modern bathroom with tile. This week, we’re taking it to the kitchen. Here’s a brief refresher to get you in a Modern state of mind (for more on Modern, check out last week’s Tile by Style: Make a Splash with Modern Bathroom Tile.

How to spot it: Strong lines and streamlined silhouettes. Modular, boxy exteriors. Open floor plans. Exposed frames. Floor to ceiling windows.

Materials used: Steel, iron, wood, glass, concrete.

Color Palette: Dominantly neutral to reveal integrity of materials used. Very few flourishes (but if you’re craving some color, don’t be shy!).

Tile colors shown: Daisy, French Linen, Skipping Stone, Carbon, and Black

Tile for the Modern Kitchen

In the modern home, the kitchen will likely be part of an open floor plan so that there’s no wall between it and the common living space. You’ll want to take this into consideration when thinking about your kitchen tile installation and make sure it complements the rest of your home.

A straight set arrangement in a fresh neutral palette like white could be considered the quintessential Modern. Here, it brings clarity and consistency to this sleek kitchen, echoing the seamless cabinetry that lines the kitchen wall. Open shelving can be installed over the tile backsplash to add an element of airiness to the space.

Our ever-versatile Subway Tile can also keep a kitchen feeling modern while adding a hint of pattern and visual interest.

Need a break from rectangles? Break out of the mold with a hint of playful patterns like Paseo or Ogee Drop–it will help break up the monotony of the space. Use a fresh neutral hue like White Wash or White Gloss for a more subtle effect. To accentuate the pattern, use a contrasting grout for a graphic touch.

Tile shown: Paseo in White Gloss; Image; Malcolm Fearon Photography; Design: EAG Studio

Tile shown: Ogee Drop in White Wash; Image: Shooting LA; Design: AIH Development


Although neutrals tend to dominate the Modern kitchen, color can lend originality and a new point of view to a contemporary kitchen.

This kitchen project installed 2 x 4 Tile in Daffodil. Pairing a sunny palette like this one with a Modern-style arrangement like straight set still maintains the visual language of the space while adding a splash of color. It might also help to stay on the same color spectrum as the cabinetry if you’re looking for a more cohesive look.

Tile shown: 2 x 4 in Daffodil; Image: Whit Preston; Design: Rick & Cindy Black Architects

Blues can also complement the cool and collected atmosphere you’ll likely find in contemporary spaces. We love how the 2 x 8 Glass Tile ripples across this modern kitchen’s backsplash, adding a splash of whimsy to this sleek and streamlined space.

Glass shown: 2 x 8 in Hydrangea, Hydrangea Matte, Wallflower, Plankton and Island Flower; Image: psPalms

Try pairing color and pattern in especially sleek and monochromatic kitchens. This Wave Tile backsplash in a custom blue hue stands out (but not too much!) among seamless white cabinetry.

Tile shown: Wave; Design: Ronan O'Dea Construction

Handpainted Contemporary Collection

Our Handpainted Contemporary Collection features nature-inspired designs and striking geometry to bring an artful element to your space. They’re a great way to create an eye-catching focal point above your sink or stove top while staying within the bounds of Modern design.

Among a backsplash of Subway Tile in White Wash, our Handpainted Contemporary Tile in Isosceles adds a subtle hint of pattern above the sink.

Tile shown: 3 x 6 in White Wash; Handpainted pattern shown: Iscoseles; Image: Jenny Nelson

For Modern design lovers with a more eclectic taste, try a more intricate design from our exotic Moroccan Collection. We love the contrast our Handpainted Kabuki Sphere Tile in Dark Motif makes in this sunny and organic-inspired kitchen.

Handpainted pattern shown: Kabuki Sphere in the Dark Motif

Love this look? Order free samples now. Need some help? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.