Combining Natural Stone, Ceramic, and Glass Tiles in a Kitchen Design

Kitchen backsplash tile does not have to use one material or type of tile only. Combine types and styles of tile for a kitchen backsplash with additional interest.

While a simple kitchen backsplash using only one color and style of tile can have appeal and work well in several homes, eclectic, mixed material kitchen backsplashes also have a lot to offer. Combining ceramic tiles with glass or metal tiles with natural stone can help create a kitchen backsplash with unique appeal.

Choosing Materials that Work Together

There are many ways to combine materials to create a unique and personalized kitchen backsplash. If the kitchen has a cohesive theme already, and the homeowner wishes to keep all the materials referring back to it, such as a farmhouse kitchen, Tuscan kitchen, or slate kitchen, choose materials that complement one another.

Hand-cut glass tiles have a rustic appeal that works well with slate, tumbled marble, or handmade ceramic tiles. Rustic metal tiles pair well with slate or tumbled marble as well. Iridescent glass, however, works better with clean-edged, contemporary ceramic tiles or with polished or honed marbles.

For kitchens with merging styles, however, the materials can stand at odds with one another. It is done to either draw additional attention to one of the two materials or as a way to pull together two areas of the kitchen design.

If using custom glass tiles, with a pattern as a border running through the kitchen, then very simple, matte ceramic tiles would set the glass off and call additional attention to them. Homes with both contemporary and rustic elements, such as a honed counter with ornate cabinetry, can pair together etched stone tiles with glass mosaics. If the mosaics are in a similar color to the color inlaid into the stone, then the two materials will help harmonize the kitchen despite their disparate looks.

Blending Colors and Materials

Two-toned kitchens, or kitchens with a great deal of color in them, can use a mixed material backsplash as an additional way to pull the kitchen colors together. In the case of a two-toned kitchen, where a kitchen island has a different color scheme than the rest of the kitchen, allow the island colors to become the kitchen backsplash’s predominant colors. Pull the field tile colors from the island counter. Then, using a different material, pull the accent colors from the main counter.

The two materials will work together to pull the kitchen design into a cohesive statement. Try using tumbled marble tiles in a color that compliments the island counter, such as Travertine Chiaro with Giallo Ornamental. Then use hand-poured glass tiles in a color that reflects the main counter, such as a deep root beer brown with Imperial Coffee Brown counters, in 1″ tiles that are cut into the marble corners. Materials will complement each other with their texture, while their colors act as an anchor for the rest of the kitchen design.

A mixed material kitchen backsplash can highlight various aspects of a home’s design and create a cohesive kitchen design. Pull colors and textures from rooms off the kitchen to help bring the areas together.

Use kitchen backsplash tile of different materials and create a kitchen design that is as personal as it is beautiful.



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