Penny Tile in the Kitchen: 8 Pretty Backsplashes and Floors

(Image credit: House to Home)

We normally see penny tile in the bathroom; it’s much less common in the kitchen. But how fun and playful are these little round tiles? Spread on a wall, we think they make a space look bigger—and they’re a nice, still-classic alternative to the ubiquitous subway tile.

It’s a simple shape and design, but somehow grouped together, tiny penny tiles create an arresting graphic effect. We love ’em on floors, too, although we wonder how dirty the grout gets (there’s a lot of it, considering how small the tiles are).

Does anyone have experience with cleaning penny tile? How does it hold up in a kitchen?

1. White backsplash and countertop, from House to Home.

2. A long stretch of backsplash, from this post on Same Layout, Different Kitchens.

3. Metallic penny tile! From House & Home, via You Paid More Than Me.

4. Simple white (and we love the rug), from Carla and Jack Fahden’s sneak peek at Design*Sponge.

5. A vast, covered wall, at Sara’s Party Perfect.

6. Beautiful blue floor, via Design around Denver.

7. Old black and white patterned floor, at Lonny.

8. Grey penny tile in progress, at Young House Love. (This fearless couple installed a huge amount of penny tile themselves, and they chronicled the entire process—go take a look.)

(Images: Katya De Grunwald/House to Home; Patrick Cline/Lonny; House & Home; La Vie Photography and Carla Fahden; Sara/Sara’s Party Perfect; Young House Love)