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Artistic Tile.

Tile Tales

Kitchen designer Jennifer Gilmer shares her go-to backsplash picks

“I select backsplash tile that is timeless—so if the cabinets last 30 to 50 years, the tile will too. I shy away from patterns because it’s easy to get tired of them and they can date a material. I love the texture of tone-on-tone or small stone mosaics. Hand-cut tiles feel spa-like and natural.” —J.G.

Mosaic House carries Zellige, a handmade, glazed Moroccan mosaic reminiscent of Delft tile. We typically install it in four-by-four- or three-by-six-inch formats.

New Ravenna’s patterns are contemporary, traditional and everything in-between. These small, hand-clipped stones are part of a collection by Giovanni Barbieri for New Ravenna. The textured, tone-on-tone Calcutta marble is pictured in a Timeworn finish.

Island Stone creates a contemporary look with Crescent Interlock porcelain tile, which resembles woven stone in a honed finish. Pictured above, Crescent Rustic in Sandstone.

I love the Walker Zanger Duquesa series. These cement and ceramic tiles have a mandala-like pattern yet are calm enough not to become tiresome. Shown here, ceramic in the Fatima colorway.

Artistic Tile uses Calacatta marble in a new, multi-dimensional way with this honeycomb pattern. The embossed geometric of Piatti Calacatta Gold creates soothing shadows.