It might be time for a refresh.
Yes, there is such a thing! Gallion and Beatty didn't have to gut this small, eat-in kitchen to give it serious style cred. Instead of replacing the plain brown cabinetry, they painted it (Natural Choice by Sherwin-Williams) and swapped out the...

Anyone redoing a kitchen or bathroom has no doubt mulled over the ever-present option of subway tiles, and with good reason: They're timeless and sophisticated, yet seem to work well in virtually any style application.

But this year, the long-revered tile trend appears to have some competition. According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, more people seem to be thinking out of the box and turning toward more unique tile patterns.

We're loving this Key lime color story. Play up the look with a backsplash that reflects the scheme, such as these glossy green tiles by Tiepolo Tileworks over the range. Stick with a neutral backsplash elsewhere to balance the design.
Credit: Photo: Jessica Glynn; Styling: Liz Strong; Design: Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod

Laid out in fresh shapes and patterns, a tiled backsplash or bathroom wall can bring a bit of the unexpected to a space, while still maintaining a classic, goes-with-anything aesthetic.

Fans of the traditional rectangular shape of subway tiles can turn toward herringbone, an intricate and graphic pattern that resembles the bones of a fish (and happens to be seriously trending on Pinterest). Other geometric patterns like diamonds, hexagons or scallops can also create an eye-catching display. And like subway tiles, depending on how edgy and modern you want the surface to appear, you can choose to play up the tile shape by using a contrasting tile grout. (Or go the classic-with-a-twist route with white-on-white tiles and grout.)

Who's ready to trade up for one of these trendy tile patterns? While we're not fully ready to abandon the subway tile train just yet, we're seriously crushing on these subway-free kitchens and baths.

Need more tile inspiration? Check out this gallery for all kinds of backsplash designs.

Bathroom #2: Rise & Shine Tiles. The half-arc pattern of these tangerine tub tiles is reminiscent of the rising sun, which is brilliant as a backdrop for morning soaks. Pair with a wallpaper smaller in scale but in the same color family.
Credit: Photo: David A. Land; styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty and Rachael Burrow
This kitchen reminds us of one of those movies with a star-studded ensemble cast that make it shine start-to-finish. Here, the stars are all manner of smart ideas: olive ceramic tile backsplash climbing all the way to the ceiling, big windows, and more.
Credit: Photo: Tria Giovan, Stylists: Rachel Burrow and Liz Strong
Simple white linens drape the master bathroom
Credit: Photo: Brie Williams
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Credit: Photo: Jonny Valiant

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