Going Above & Beyond: Backsplash Tile That Wows

Going Above & Beyond: Backsplash Tile That Wows - Architessa

Thanksgiving. We all know a lot of effort goes into making a meal that typically features turkey. We all spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking in front of our backsplash. While subway tile is a popular option and has it's place, we're here to challenge the norm. For those of you nonconformists roasting a large chicken instead of a turkey this year, this blog is for you. Here are a few beautiful examples of how opting for a material other than a 3"x6" white subway tile can take your backsplash from a sweet and simple ceramic to something a bit more savory and show-stopping.


Ceramic tile has a range of options far beyond a 3"x6" white subway. Here, Virginia-based firms Thorsen Construction and Southern Kitchens teamed up with Architectural Ceramics to design a kitchen space that features a ceramic tile with a playful feel.
Image via Architectural Ceramics on Houzz
Image via Architectural Ceramics on Houzz
In mossy and dark greens, this handmade ceramic tile with a crackle finish from our Pratt & Larson line, also gives a traditional feel to the space. Taking a closer look, the mix of three ceramics work harmoniously together not only because of their monochromatic color palette, but their shapes as well. The circle and rectangular pinwheel mosaic relates to the rectangular field tile on either side of the stove, and the accent band in between marries both shapes. To learn more about our special order Pratt & Larson line, please visit one of our DC-metro area showrooms.


Whether it's used as a bathroom floor or kitchen backsplash, the cement tile trend isn't going away any time soon. Sagatov Design + Build, located in Falls Church, VA., blended a graphic cement tile with the ever-popular farmhouse style for a rustic and modern look.
Image via Architectural Ceramics on Houzz
Image via Architectural Ceramics on Houzz
Here, this kitchen design puts the backsplash front and center. A custom option from our Sabine Hill line, this 10"x10" tile has a range of patterns and colors to make it unique to your project. For this client, that meant finding just the right blend of sophisticated blue-grey and maize. The cool blues tie in with the cabinetry while the yellow-gold adds a touch of warmth as an accent. To explore more custom cement tile options, view our catalog here.


Let's go green, or in this case blue. Here, a recycled glass mosaic from Architectural Ceramic's Tozen Collection was used to create the backsplash. The kitchen space, designed by Elite Kitchens, allows the backsplash to set the tone for an overall transitional style.
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Tozen 1x4 glass mosaic. Image via
Image via Architectural Ceramics on Houzz
The backsplash is only installed on two walls but still has a big impact. Behind the stove, the glass mosaic fills the space keeping the design simple and sophisticated without the need for an accent. Because the 1"x4" staggered brick mosaic is small, it works well behind the sink, alleviating the need for awkward cuts around the window frame. To view more color options from our Tozen Collection, visit our product pagehere.


Going from small to large, this large format limestone tile introduces a new size and dimension that's atypical of backsplash tile. Designer Lauren Gagnon with Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, created a stunning contemporary space.
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The clean lines of the cabinetry and quartz counter tops act as a quiet compliment to the natural stone backsplash. The hand-carved limestone, care of Architectural Ceramics, features matte and semi-polished finishes that add depth and movement to the design. The 24"x24" special order tile was cut on-site as needed to achieve the almost seamless effect.


For Architectural Ceramics, most of our clients are within the DC-metro area. We do however, like to expand our horizons and are able to service clients from coast to coast. Our next backsplash example takes us to an area just outside Chicago, Illinois. We collaborated with Dayton Street Development, a design firm whose motto is: classic design is simple and timeless.
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This marble backsplash from our Brocade Collection in the Riad pattern is in keeping with the design firm's philosophy. A mix of Carrara Venatino and Moonstone marble, the natural stone is a classic choice for the space. Because the water-jet mosaic is an in-stock collection with AC, you can have the specialty look without having to wait.


Can't wait to see more backsplash inspiration? Use our Houzz page to see what other clients have done and to get ideas for your own project. We're proud to say we've received the Best of Houzz award in Client Satisfaction for going above and beyond for 5-years running. So run on over and check us out! For further questions about our products featured here, or to place a tile order, please contact Want weekly updates about Architectural Ceramics and our product lines? Join our newsletterhere.

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