Granite tile backsplashes are available in three main styles, such as three-dimensional patterned tile, polished granite tile and pebbled granite tile. Home-design networks such as HGTV also demonstrate that differing styles of backsplashes are determined by the layout and color of the tiles as well.
Three-dimensional patterned tiles play with the orientation of the pieces in the pattern along with dark-colored and light-colored tiles to create the three-dimensional effect. Look for two-toned tile patterns resembling boxes with dark-colored tiles in the center of each pattern. Polished granite tiles, which are smooth solid tiles much like ceramic tiles, can be ordered as one solid granite slab and used for a backsplash. Pebbled granite tiles, however, are small pebble-shaped granite stones glued to a mesh backing and resemble inlaid stones.
Playing with different color combinations of polished styles also creates a number of different looks. Polished tiles can create a pattern when two or three colors are used, or a design motif can be created with a few varying polished tiles. The orientation of the tiles plays a role in the style as well, because tiles can be placed vertically or diagonally, creating different effects.
The amount of the backsplash that is tiled affects the style as well. For instance, it is common just to tile the area behind the stove. However, tiling the entire back wall of the kitchen creates a different look.