Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash Installation

We’re 6 days in to the new year and I finally have a post up – HAPPY NEW YEAR.

My biggest personal project ever closed out 2015, AND the same project is kicking off 2016…

THE KITCHEN.

It’s almost complete.  I’m days away from sharing the big reveal, but before that I’ve been excitedly awaiting to share what tile I chose for the backsplash + the process for installation.

Check out the new + classic + gorgeous subway tile now adorning the kitchen backsplash…

Subway Tile: There are many styles + colors. How do you choose the right subway tile for the project? Here are some tips that will help with the process + check out the before and after of the tile installation of our kitchen remodel.

Now to the details of what I chose for our kitchen renovation

When the I created the PLAN OF ACTION for the kitchen remodel, I knew subway tile was the best choice because it’s not only affordable, but timeless + clean + the perfect compliment to our new minimalist quartz countertops.

Once the decision was made to move forward with white subway, the search began for the perfect tile.

And like paint, white is not just plain ole’ white.

In the end, I chose the beautiful 3 x 6 white subway by Allen + Roth at Lowe’s, then complimented it with charcoal colored grout.

Subway Tile: There are many styles + colors. How do you choose the right subway tile for the project? Here are helpful tips that will point you in the right direction on the process of choosing a tile + check out the before and after of the tile installation of this kitchen remodel. www.JennaBurger.com

You can’t ever go wrong with white subway tile as it’s classic and works with all style kitchens.  BUT, there with so many subway tiles to choose from, it can be challenging to pin point the best for the setting.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SUBWAY TILE

Here are some helpful tips for choosing the RIGHT subway for the project…

SIZE

The typical size for subway tile is 3″ x 6″, but with the vast selection of natural and man-made tiles, comes a huge variation in size availibility.  From mini tiles, around 1″ x 2″, to larger proportioned tiles around 4″ x 12″ +, size matters.

Choose a subway size appropriate for the project by looking at how much area will be covered with the tile.  For small tile areas, smaller to medium sized tiles are best, where larger tiles will beautifully compliment larger, more open areas.

COLOR

If you’re looking for a white subway tile, not all whites are white.  When I started the process of searching for white subway tile, I was so surprised how each manufacturers white looked so different.  Some have more yellow undertones, where others are more blue.

I chose white subway tile by Allen + Roth because it was a true white and it looked closest to the Kraftmaid Dove White cabinetry that was chosen. Others that I looked at were too yellow and when next to each other, the two surfaces wouldn’t have blended well.

LAYOUT

I chose to layout + install the subway tile in the most classic way, which is staggered, but there are many other ways to layout subway tile to create an interesting + unique pattern.  Try herringbone or vertical or cross hatch or stack bond.

Unique ways to layout out subway tile!

via a beautiful mess

COST

Typical of most tile, there is a range of pricing for subway tile, but it’s one of the most least expensive style tiles.  Cost comes down to the quality of the tile, but with most, it won’t break the bank.

GROUT

The grout color really doesn’t have to do with choosing a subway tile, but the grout color that is chosen will make your tile come alive. As with anything, there is a range of color choices for grouts.  Have a white subway, white is the safest choice.  Want to be dramatic and have your backsplash stand-out? Try a darker hue, like I did…

Subway Tile: There are many styles + colors. How do you choose the right subway tile for the project? Here are helpful tips that will point you in the right direction on the process of choosing a tile + check out the before and after of the tile installation of this kitchen remodel. www.JennaBurger.com

White subway tile might seem like a ‘Safe Tile’, but with the right size, color, and layout, this timeless tile can look unique to create a one-of-a-kind, stand-out kitchen.

INSTALLATION

Once the counters were installed in early December, we were ready to get crankin’ on the backsplash.

I’ve tiled many projects before, but I was happy and willing to have our contractor handle the tile installation to keep the kitchen remodel process moving along.  At this point being 6 weeks in, we were READY TO BE DONE!

The contractor started the tile installation at the sink, since that is the center point of the window on the overall wall.

How do you choose the perfect kitchen tile backsplash? There are so many decisions. These are 12 ideal options for the kitchen backsplash and ONE is what I chose for my kitchen renovation. Click over to check them out + follow along on how I installed the tile > www.JennaBurger.com

From that point, the tile was installed on either side of the window – there were a lot of cuts!

How do you choose the perfect kitchen tile backsplash? There are so many decisions. These are 12 ideal options for the kitchen backsplash and ONE is what I chose for my kitchen renovation. Click over to check them out + follow along on how I installed the tile > www.JennaBurger.com

Because the subway tile is ceramic, it was very soft and easy to cut.  A tile cutter was perfect for the job and since it’s mid-winter, it was a blessing to be able to cut indoors.

How do you choose the perfect kitchen tile backsplash? There are so many decisions. These are 12 ideal options for the kitchen backsplash and ONE is what I chose for my kitchen renovation. Click over to check them out + follow along on how I installed the tile > www.JennaBurger.com

Once the tile was all installed, which took about 2 days, it was time to grout.  As I mentioned above, I chose a charcoal color for the grout to give a beautiful contrast + pick up the color of the dark gray island.

I had never used dark grout before and it was incredibly messy when applied on to the white tile!

How do you choose the perfect kitchen tile backsplash? There are so many decisions. These are 12 ideal options for the kitchen backsplash and ONE is what I chose for my kitchen renovation. Click over to check them out + follow along on how I installed the tile > www.JennaBurger.com

After cleaning the tile surface many times of the gritty dark grout, it resulted just as I had hoped and honestly, better!

from this…

How do you choose the perfect kitchen tile backsplash? There are so many decisions. These are 12 ideal options for the kitchen backsplash and ONE is what I chose for my kitchen renovation. Click over to check them out + follow along on how I installed the tile > www.JennaBurger.com

to this…

SUBWAY TILE: How do you choose the right subway tile for the project? There are MANY subway tile styles + colors. Here are useful tips that will help the process of choosing the right subway tile for the project. Plus check out the before and after of the tile installation of this kitchen remodel. www.JennaBurger.com

At the only corner of the kitchen, I chose a vertical pencil liner to finish the edge.  It looks so good and pulled together!

And then it was complete.

Once the grout was dry – within a day – we were able to install the open shelves + add the dishes.

Eek, it’s almost complete.

Here’s a peak…

Subway Tile: There are many styles + colors. How do you choose the right subway tile for the project? Here are helpful tips that will point you in the right direction on the process of choosing a tile + check out the before and after of the tile installation of this kitchen remodel. www.JennaBurger.comMore to come soon!

In the meantime, if you want to retile your kitchen NOW with subway or want to use this post as a resource for the future, save it or pin it…

SUBWAY TILE: How do you choose the right subway tile for the project? There are MANY subway tile styles + colors. Here are useful tips that will help the process of choosing the right subway tile for the project. Plus check out the before and after of the tile installation of this kitchen remodel. www.JennaBurger.com

What do you think of subway tile?  Yay or Nay for the kitchen?

Tomorrow on the blog, I’ll be sharing 11 other tile fool-proof favorites for the backsplash. Don’t miss it!

If you want to see all the posts documenting the kitchen renovation, here they are from start to finish:
Wonderful White Kitchen Inspiration
Kitchen Remodel: Before + Plan of Action
Demo Day: Steps for Demolishing the Kitchen
Kitchen Progress: Staining Hardwood Floors
The Cabinets Arrive + Get Installed
Natural Quartz Countertops in the Kitchen
10 Countertop Materials to Consider for the Kitchen
Subway Tile Installation + Choosing the RIGHT Subway
Kitchen Backsplash Tile Options + Inspiration
Choosing a Paint Color + Wallpaper for the Kitchen and Dining Room
Kitchen Renovation: The Appliances
Dissecting the Details
Kitchen Renovation: REVEAL + RESOURCES

DISCLAIMER: THIS KITCHEN RENOVATION IS A COLLABORATION WITH LOWE’S USING KRAFTMAID CABINETRY.  ALL OPINIONS + SELECTIONS ARE MY OWN WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF KRAFTMAID AND THE LOWE’S DESIGN TEAM.




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    • Jenna says

      The vertical pencil edge coordinates with the subway tile. Both are available at Lowe’s and are the Allen + Roth brand.