Contemporary Backsplash Ideas

Explore contemporary backsplash ideas, and get ready to install an updated and attractive backsplash in your home.

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If you're planning to install a new backsplash or update an existing one in your contemporary kitchen design, you'll want to peruse the full range of contemporary backsplash ideas first.

Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplash Options and Ideas

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Stainless Steel Backsplash & Red Kitchen Cabinets

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Modern Kitchen With Purple Wall, LED Lighting and Quartz Counter

Farmhouse Sink Area in Cottage Kitchen

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Rustic Transitional Kitchen

Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash and Wine Racks

Old World Kitchen With Nailhead Accents

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Smoky Gray Subway Tile in White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Metallic Tile Backsplash

Green Glass Tile Backsplash in Modern Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Multicolor Tile Backsplash

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Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash

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Sleek Contemporary Kitchen With Photo Backsplash

Traditional Kitchen With Dark Wood Island

Black and White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Stove

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Eclectic Kitchen With Stone Countertops and Exotic Pendant Lights

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Contemporary Black Metallic Kitchen With Red and White Bar Chairs

Eclectic Stone Bar With Blue Ceramic Backsplash

Red and Yellow Kitchen Backsplash

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Traditional Kitchen With Stainless Steel Range and Yellow Tile Backsplash

Transitional Kitchen With Rustic Table

Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Backsplash & Espresso Cabinets

Neutral Kitchen With Gray Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Sparkling Espresso Bar

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Gray and White Chef's Kitchen With Dot Backsplash

Orange Country-Style Kitchen With Open Shelving

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Modern Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and Mosaic Backsplash

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Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Cream & Brown Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

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Kitchen With Teal Mosaic Tile Wall

Spacious Gray-Blue Transitional Kitchen

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Contemporary Kitchen With Island Seating

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Bright and Fun Green Tiled Backsplash

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Gray Mediterranean Kitchen With Open Shelving

Transitional Kitchen With Dark Wood Cabinets and Granite Backsplash

Contemporary White Kitchen With Industrial Barstools

White Transitional Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Modern Apron Sink in White Mid-Century Kitchen

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White Transitional Kitchen With Marble Counters and Undermount Sink

White Contemporary Kitchen

Dark Bamboo Cabinets in Contemporary Brown Kitchen

Modern Kitchen With Frosted Glass Cabinets

Mediterranean-Inspired Kitchen With Striped Tile Backsplash

Subway Tile Backsplash With Cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets With Green Marble Countertops

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Floral Window Shade in Pale Yellow Kitchen

White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents

Tiny Kitchen With Light Gray Backsplash

Contemporary Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

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Green Kitchen With White Farmhouse Sink

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Black Kitchen Cabinets With Copper Range Hood

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Retro Cabinetry

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Traditional White Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling

Reflective Kitchen Backsplash

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Contemporary Gray Kitchen WIth Glossy Cabinets and Striped Tile

Contemporary Grey Kitchen With Corner Cabinet Lazy Susan

Countertop-to-Ceiling Kitchen Backsplash With Stainless-Steel Open Shelving

Modern Kitchen With Chocolate Brown Cabinets

Mediterranean Kitchen With Blue Backsplash

Colorful Tile Backsplash Gives a Vintage Look

Eclectic Eat-in Kitchen

Kitchen With Repurposed Buffet Table

Small Butler Pantry in Transitional Kitchen

Range Hood and Horizontal Wall Cabinets

White Farmhouse Sink in Country Kitchen

Open Shelving in White Cottage Kitchen

Marble Backsplash Adds Texture in White Transitional Kitchen

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Deep White Sink

Stainless Steel Built-In Kitchen Range and Hood

White Kitchen With Blue-Gray Glass Subway Tile

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Kitchen With Mirrored Backsplash and Marble Countertop

White Cottage Kitchen With Wet Bar and Built-In Desk

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Pro-Quality Stainless Steel Range

Farmhouse Sink in Transitional Green and White Kitchen

White Cottage Style Kitchen With Open Shelving and a Farmhouse Sink

Charming Cottage Kitchen In Classic White

Small Space White Kitchen With Pendant Lights

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Featuring understated elegance and the clean lines and sleek style familiar in contemporary design, contemporary backsplashes are popular in many types of kitchens.

It should be noted that if your kitchen design is distinctly contemporary or even modern, the design for your backsplash doesn't always need to match the overall design precisely (or at all, depending on your tolerance for a bit of style dissonance). You can maintain a contemporary feel in your kitchen with a backsplash design that's somewhat understated—think simple, rectangular subway tile, for example—but that doesn't mean the tile itself can't feature textures and colors that add visual diversity to the space. Contemporary design is generally defined as featuring styles and materials that have only recently become available—so with that in mind, you'll still have an opportunity to put plenty of your own style imprint on any contemporary backsplash design you choose.

The first decision you'll need to make when planning a contemporary backsplash for your kitchen is exactly how much backsplash you'll need. Do you want the backsplash to cover the entire wall area above your countertops, or simply a portion thereof? This is an important consideration both in terms of the project's budget and the amount of materials you'll need. Many backsplash designs only cover 25% to 75% of the wall above the countertops—this amount of coverage can generally keep walls clean of cooking splash and provide enough surface area for an attractive, contemporary backsplash.

When you've decided on the scope of your contemporary backsplash project, it's time to think about materials. This is where the "contemporary" label can drift into a bit of a gray area. For example, if you were to adhere strictly to the "modern materials" rule for contemporary design, you'd have to rule out most types of tile, save for a few synthetics. You may choose to do so, but it's also possible to follow a slightly less stringent rule-set, one that's more focused on the aesthetic for a contemporary design, which generally also follows an updated, current-era look and feel, as opposed to anything vintage or bygone-era-specific. Clean lines, angular designs and monochromatic color schemes are all hallmarks of contemporary design that you might wish to borrow for your backsplash.

If you're open to all materials, any of the popular tile styles can suit your contemporary backsplash design. Ceramic tile is widely available in an almost infinite range of colors and styles. Mosaic and penny-style tile are less often used in contemporary designs, but depending on your implementation, these could add significant visual interest. Finally, simple subway tile is an extremely popular choice for contemporary designs because of its simple, clean appearance and the ability to configure the rectangular tiles in any pattern imaginable.

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