Tile sizes are another way to create the perception of space. Larger tiles give a feeling of continuity, especially if you are extending the backsplash to the ceiling. Smaller tiles allow you to utilize different sizes and shapes.
Below are size suggestions for today’s most popular kitchen backsplash options.
For starters, let’s go over what is considered “standard size” subway tile. Subway tile starts at 3” x 6” with larger kitchen subway tile ranging from 4″x 8″ to 4″x 12″.
Next, is ceramic backsplash tiles. Since there are so many sizes, you have the opportunity to create a custom design using two different tile selections. The most common example of this is a primary ceramic tile used throughout the kitchen and an eye-catching design behind the stove. Typically ceramic tiles are made of rectangles with sizes 16” x 16”, 12” x 12”, 6” x 6”, or 4” x 4” with different types of finishes, such as matte and glazed. The ceramic tile size most commonly found in the kitchen is 12”x24” and 48”.
Stone granite, marble, and quartz backsplash are other popular choices. As for sizes, each offers different possibilities and complexities. Granite is unique, durable, and can be sealed and polished. Marble is similar to granite in terms of durability. However, it requires more maintenance and is prone to staining, therefore it must be sealed to avoid staining. Quartz provides a similar look to marble and because it is non-porous, it requires less maintenance and does not need to be sealed.
Most granite, marble, and quartz backsplash tiles come in prefabricated 4- or 6-inch pieces. However, sizes ranging from 15 inches to more than 24 inches are also available. Alternatively, you can purchase slabs and cut the length to fit your needs.
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