Kitchen Tile Planning & Inspiration

Today is finally the day… the day we physically moved out of our home of 22 years. We are on our way to South Carolina and will be homeless for the next two weeks until we settle on the house we are buying.

I am excited to get settled into our new home. It is not a total fixer upper, but it will need some updating, especially the kitchen.

I am going to post a lot of pictures here once the house is ours, but while I am on the road and in-between homes, I thought you might like a sneak peek to get a little preview of the house.

Kitchen backsplash tile makeover

Here is a photo of one side of the kitchen. It is not a big kitchen, but well maintained. It is floor to ceiling brown wood, not my favorite color. :-)

I thought about painting the cabinets, but I am not sure they are worth the effort since the lower ones are not in great shape. We think we will end up gutting the kitchen and putting in a new one.

In my preliminary vision, I see the kitchen as mostly white. White cabinets, white counters and a white tile backsplash.

I have been perusing kitchen sites, online decorating magazines, Pinterest and the tile store Floor & Decor for inspiration.

I know I want a white tile backsplash since it will remain classic and neutral no matter how I change the decor in the future. In my current house, I had a 4 x 4 white tile backsplash for the past 18 years. It was classic and timeless. I want the new house to have white tiles also, but maybe in a different shape and or layout.

I have become a huge fan of Floor & Decor ever since they opened a store near me this summer. Remember I used their stone tile to makeover my master bath shower.  They have a vast array of tile in all shapes, colors and styles all with huge savings.  I found all the tiles I liked just by perusing their site online. Once I get back to the store and see the tile in my hands, I know I will be even more excited about taking on the kitchen.

Here are my favorite tile backsplashes I am considering.

Classic White kitchen

I like how these bright white square tiles are set with rectangular subway tile. Notice the subway tile is horizontal right above the counter on one wall and a slightly larger size of it is placed vertically along the ceiling line.  The adjacent wall has square tiles. The three sizes of tiles add more interest when using all one color on a backsplash.

House and Home Magazine

White tile backsplash


This tile backsplash is matte and modern. I like the thin size decorative tiles since a less formal look is more appealing to me.

Herringbone tile backsplash


Bright White Subway Tiles set in a herringbone pattern is quite popular now.  The grey grout makes the pattern stand out…

White tile backsplash ideas


but, I think I prefer how white grout looks. I do like the mix of seeing two different sizes of white rectangular tiles laid in different patterns along with the Carrera marble shelf.

Marble tile backsplash


Another white option I am considering is 12″ x 12″ Carrara white polished tiles. The polished shine makes them look clean and fresh and a nice contrast to the stainless range and wood countertop.

Carrera marble at Floor and Decor

I know I liked it since I took a photo of it the last time I was at Floor & Decor.

White tile backspalsh


This Arabesque Lantern White Porcelain Mosaic is unique and fun, but I think it is too trendy for my taste.

 White glass tile backsplash


This Pure Snow White Shiny Glass Tile is ultra modern, but has a classic vibe. I really like it. Maybe I could mix it with white ceramic tiles in a unique pattern.

White subway tile in kitchens


I love everything about this kitchen…it is a beauty with a White Ice Beveled Ceramic Wall Tiled backsplash, Carrera marble counters and fabulous windows!

Decisions…decisions, but I have plenty of time to make them. I know once I actually live in the space, my decision will become easier.

Next week I am heading to Florida while I am homeless.  You can follow me on on Instagram where I will be sharing the highlights of my day as well as an exciting event with you on Thursday December 3rd.

Decorating inspiration for kitchen white tile backsplashes | In My Own Style

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  1. Lovely pictures! I like your tips and kitchen tools. I recently planning for renovating a kitchen. Your ideas and inspiration will work on my kitchen renovation. Thank you for sharing a lovely post. I know it makes me costly and out of my budget but i want to try and make it better like your advice.

  2. Marcie Johnston says:

    We moved into what we hope is our last home. I love the layout. The kitchen has mid range Oak cabinets. The uppers are okay but the lowers are bad. I don’t want to hear the entire kitchen out. I like the tile (generally dislike tile counters) but this is decent.

    I thought about painting but was told it is way more trouble. How about refacing? Have you any info on that? Thank you.

  3. spray painter says:

    Sorry, I know the article is about the tiles but I love the stoves, some seriously beutiful cooking stoves there.

  4. I know you will make a great choice! I L-O-O-O-O-O-O-VE everything you do!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jen in Ottawa says:

    We seem to be leading parallel lives; we sold our home also, just bought an older home (ours is likely a bigger fixer-upper than yours); I have a limited budget to to unlimited repairs… This has given me a dream opportunity: to design my own kitchen. It will be white and bright – unlike everywhere else I have ever lived. I will also have a white or marble backsplash. I have a question for you, though: what do you do with the floor? Our kitchen / eat-in area is big – I don’t want to make a mistake and have a sea of tile I hate… So what do you do that’s an affordable floor that’s still beautiful and offers practical clean-up-ability? :) seems like white is too white… Right…?

    – Jen

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Jen – I like the look of medium dark wood with white cabinets. For the past 22 years I have had wood in my kitchen with white cabinets. My new house has is also, but it is on the orange side since it was polyed with varnish that turns to an orange tint when it is applied over unstained wood. I would like to strip it and stain to a darker color. One with little red/orange, more dark brown. If hardwood was not already in the kitchen, I would install Luxury Plank Vinyl. It sounds expensive, but if you look for it on sale, it can be quite affordable, plus it will last for years. It looks like wood and feels like wood, but it is vinyl and so easy to care for, plus it can take a beating and still look brand new.

  6. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Wishing you the best of luck! And I love all the inspiration you have for your new kitchen. I can’t wait to follow along to see the transformation.

  7. A lot of sponsorised post ! You change your blog . Before it was your own project and opinion and now a lot of sponsor and advertising …… Be yourself Nathalie from paris

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nathalie – I realize my blog has had a lot of sponsored posts as of late, but there is a reason…I have been in the process of moving. My husband, Ed and I decided to sell our house and move to a lakefront home. My focus has been on that the past months and I filled in with the sponsored posts since I did not have a house or projects to write about. :-) We sold the house in Pennsylvania and move into a lake front home in South Carolina next week. Once I get settled in I will have TONS of new projects to blog about. So I will be back to my normal type of posts soon :-)

  8. Drool, drool, drool – I love them all! I’ve been wanting to redo our kitchen for the last 20 years – I have pink countertops if that gives you a clue of how necessary a remodel is. How fun to have a brand new house to play with – Enjoy!

  9. Mary Hewitt says:

    Diane, I’m with you. I’ve lived long enough now to know I won’t remodel my kitchen that often (too expensive and too disruptive) and so sticking with the classics will in the long run make me happier. I love the white kitchens too. Is it our age?? Or is it a classic, like us :)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Mary – Classics for sure…:-)

  10. Kimberly Bruhn says:

    Prayers for safety while you travel. We are about 10 years behind you (in years and in our life…kids still in college). So we are eagerly awaiting all the planning and remodeling! Merry Christmas!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kimberely – Thanks for the well wishes. Enjoy those 10 years since they will go by so fast. I can’t believe I have arrived at this point in my life with my daughters all grown and parents sadly gone. Life takes on a new meaning. I am looking forward to making the new house our home.

  11. For what it’s worth—my favorite is the one with the herbal olive oil bottles: herringbone insert with the other kinds of tile around it. I agree, white grout. However you do your new kitchen, I’m sure it will be beautiful. I do like your Style!

  12. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors says:

    Diane, how exciting that you’re almost in your new home! I’m with you on white kitchens. When we remodeled last year that’s what I did too. Painted the cabinets white, Corian counter tops that look like Carrera marble and white subway tile with white grout for the backsplash. I love the backsplash, and don’t think I will ever get tired of it!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Jann – I am super excited to redo the kitchen. I have always just made due with what I had in all my previous kitchens and painted the cabinets white. It will be a fun process to be able to create a custom kitchen, of course on a budget, but still one that I helped layout and design.