Using decorative tile as an accent behind the stove is a popular way to introduce pattern and color in your kitchen. In fact, I had so many phone calls from clients about this that we created a full line of precut Decorative Tile Inserts.
Shown Above: Bloom Decorative Tile Insert with Small Channel Liner and 3x6" Handmade Subway Tile, all in Deep Blue Crackle
I can absolutely see why people love designing their backsplash this way - it's perfect for folks who want to use a little bit of pattern but not too much, and it's also a great way to create a strong focal point above your oven range.
There are so many fun ways to use decorative tile over your stove, though, that it can lead to a bit of analysis paralysis:
What color do you pick?
Should the decorative tile be the same color as the rest of the backsplash?
How do you tie it in with your cabinets and countertops?
Not to worry! Today I'm breaking down the most common ways I see clients use decorative tile over the stove, and how to know which one would work best for you. So without further ado, let's get started!
1. Entire Backsplash In The Same Color
Shown Above: Bloom Tile with Handmade Subway Tile, all in Sky Blue Crackle | Thanks to Alexa Interiors and Decorative Materials International for the photo
USE THIS OPTION IF: You want to make your kitchen feel larger.
By doing the decorative tile and the field/subway tile in the same color you create one, continuous block of color which makes your space feel bigger.
2. Decorative Tile In An Accent Color
Shown Above: Cobham Handmade Tile with Pencil Liner Trim, both in Latte
USE THIS OPTION IF: You want to create a strong focal point in your kitchen.
Ovens are often the natural focal point anyway, and you can emphasize this by using decorative tile in a different color over the stove than the rest of the backsplash.
So which accent color do you pick for the decorative tile? I recommend choosing a color that matches either the cabinets, countertops, or other prominent kitchen finish. In the photo above, you can see they chose our Latte glaze color to coordinate with the warm wood tones from the oven hood.
3. Decorative Tile in Multiple Colors
Shown Above: Hiser Decorative Tile Insert in Glossy White & Sky Blue Crackle, Pencil Liner Trim in Glossy White and 3x6" Handmade Subway Tile with Sky Blue Crackle
USE THIS OPTION IF: You want something a little bit different!
Using multiple colors in your decorative tile can also be a great choice if you have several different colors in your kitchen and you feel like you need a place to tie them together.
So how about you? What do you think about using decorative tile over the stove?
If you're considering this for your own kitchen and need samples, you can find those here: