Finding the perfect backsplash is both design bliss and decision overload.  Modwalls, a mid century modern tile company, offers over 103 tile colors, so if you are the type that needs to explore the spectrum, we say start there.

Choosing Tile Colors

Even with so many color options, Modwalls’ Kiln Ceramic tile is a useful trailhead.

“Figuring out how you want to feel when you walk into a room really is the starting point,” says Nicole Whitley, president of Modwalls. “In my kitchen, I want that pop of color to be really bright and upbeat and cheery, so that would lead me to chartreuses and blues and oranges.”

Mid Mod tile colors. Mid century square tiling with a multi-colored pattern.
This Brio Glass Mosaic tiling encapsulates the vibrancy of mid century modern design. Though it makes a popping backsplash, it is one of the few glass tiles that can be used nearly everywhere—including floors, pools and fireplaces.

Maybe you crave a warm splash of sunshine, like Nicole, or maybe you want to relax in tile colors in cool, moonlit tones. It’ll take some mixing and matching to create your ideal ambiance, but you’ll find that perfect pairing. Your instincts are more honed than you think.

Grout Strategies

With tile shape, size and material to choose, you might feel that grout is inconsequential.

You’re not alone; this underestimated design element is often left until the end. It’s just filler, right? But there is so much more to this kitchen component.

Considering grout from the very beginning will save you stress and help punctuate your design. If you want to show off that chevron, hexagon, or wedge, find a contrasting grout color. Nicole says it will “pop the pattern, pop the textural element and make the geometry stand out.”

tile colors. Blue chevron tiling below an orange cabinet.
“What really comes to mind for me when I think mid century modern is geometry, lines and pops of color,” Nicole says. These Kiln Chevron Tiles hit all the right notes, with sharp lines and a vibrant teal agate.

On the flip side, “if you’re trying to emphasize the color of the tile … you’re going to choose a complementary color of grout,” Nicole notes. And if you dislike grout lines in general, a 4″ x 12″ subway tile will serve you best because “it covers a lot more of your surface area with glass.” The color feels unified, without interruption or distraction.

Mid century modern tile colors with a horizontal and jade-colored exterior.
Contrasting grout brings a depth of color that you can only get with glass tile. This kitchen features 4″ x 12″ Subway Tile in “Surf.”

Sample Everything

The Modwalls team encourages homeowners to test their choices, so bring samples of both tile and grout into your kitchen before finalizing an order.

Mid century dot white tile colors.
Small patterns melt into the background, but their impact is not lost. Sample ModDotz in your home to set the mood with texture and tone.

“Things look really different on a website, and we can’t control what [a person’s] screen look(s) like,” Nicole notes. “We do have a wonderful team, and they’re knowledgeable and patient and happy to work with clients for as many rounds as it takes to get them exactly what they want.”

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