Glass, Ceramic or Porcelain? 10 Kitchen Backsplash Tile Ideas!

Each week, we aim to translate insight from NYC homeowners and contractors into information you can use to make better decisions about improving your home. This week: a look at a few of our favorite backsplash choices from Sweeten projects to show how simple elements can make a kitchen distinctive and beautiful.

Glass Tile

Glass tile comes in an endless array of vibrant colors, patterns, and textures. It’s affordable, luminous, and resistant to water.


Ketrina in Clinton Hill chose cypress brown recycled glass penny tile from Complete Tile.


Upper West Siders Bernice & Davison went with glass and ceramic backsplash tiles from The Tile Spark.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are the most common type of tile found in kitchens. They’re easy to clean, stain-resistant, and durable.


Sweeten Experts Lauren and Adam included classic subway tile from Heath Ceramics in an Upper East Side kitchen.


Manhattan homeowners Kyle & Sophia chose Gotham Swiss Cross, an all-white, interlocking backsplash from Ann Sacks.

Stone Tile

Stone tiles create a luxurious look with textured surfaces and decorative patterns. Natural stone can etch and stain over time, and is often pricier per square foot, but is still a timeless choice in kitchens of all styles.


Pallavi & Keyur in Murray Hill chose a mosaic stone tile backsplash from Nemo Tile.


Upper East Siders Sarah & Michael chose Carrera marble subway backsplash tiles.

Porcelain Tile

Made from porcelain clay fired at a higher temperature, porcelain tiles are more durable and resistant to water and stains than any other tiles.


Brooklyn homeowners Allison & Jovito found large format porcelain tiles with a raised geometric pattern from Mondial.

Metal Tile

Sleek metal tiles are easy to clean, minimize grout lines, and bring contemporary flair.

robyn steel backsplash

Brooklyn homeowners Robyn & Alejandro chose stainless steel tile that nods to the industrial shipping past and present of Brooklyn’s Columbia Waterfront district.

Encaustic Tile

Encaustic tiles are made of two or more colors of clay which are inlaid together to create a pattern, and are most commonly used as floor tiles. These tiles are on the rise again, loved for their unexpected design quirks, offbeat colors, and for the way they age over time. We haven’t seen a Sweeten renovation that uses an encaustic tile as a backsplash yet, but we love these combinations of vintage and mod shapes and colors!


Christine in Manhattan chose ornate encaustic cement kitchen floor tiles from Mosaic House.


Pepper & Marshall in Washington Heights chose hexagonal encaustic floor tiles that subtly echo the green shower hues in their bathroom.


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