Goodbye, subway tiles. Hello, fish scales. Yes, the hottest backsplash tile today is more mermaid than rectangle, and it's giving us all the dreamy kitchen renovation feels. Not sure how to use the material that Domino called the new "It Girl" in tile ("As you'll see, it is definitely making a splash," they said.)? We've got a few ideas.

Marble

Mable kitchens are one of today's most popular kitchen trends, but slathering marbled fish scale tile along the backsplash is a new way to feature the luxe material and achieve a unique, personalized look.

 

From floor to ceiling

Why be timid? Go for it with a big expanse of Moroccan tile in hand-painted jewel tones for a striking look in the bathroom. Add in a big soaker tub to complete the mermaid fantasty.


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Unique focal point

Want to stay in the same watery color palette but add in some distinctive design cues in the kitchen? We love how the tiles at the top of this backsplash almost look like they're swimming away.

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Photo by MaK Interiors - Look for transitional kitchen pictures

Cool gray

How about larger-scale scales in gray to complement white cabinetry? The tile creates dimension in a small kitchen. And did you notice how the shape of the tile is mimicked on the window covering?


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White and bright

"If color just isn't your thing, you can always stick with classic white like this look featured by Mercury Mosiacs," said Apartment Therapy. The fish scale walls and hex tile floors are a magical combination.


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Bold and Beautiful

Expect to see a lot of green this year; Pantone just named "Greenery" its Color of the Year. Here, the splash of bold green tempers the black cabinetry and proves a worthy companion to the natural wood.


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Underfoot

Fish scales on the floor? Sure, why not? Choosing a mix of complementary colors adds just the right amount of "wow" for a small space.


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Outdoors

A similar mix of colors transforms a small outdoor patio into something special.


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On the fireplace

Fish-scale tile in a soothing palette brings new life to this traditional fireplace mantel.


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