Country Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Gather country kitchen backsplash ideas, and get ready to install a warm and welcoming backsplash in your kitchen.
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By: Sean McEvoy

If you're considering a backsplash installation or remodel and your kitchen is a down-home affair with rustic or country-style elements, you should explore several country kitchen backsplash ideas before the first hammer swings.

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What a Charmer

Exposed cabinetry, wood floors, vintage lighting and a retro sink are the stars in this charming kitchen.

Heavy Exposure

Open shelving is a trademark cottage look. By distressing and painting the wood on this built-in unit, Ackerman Interiors has created a perfect spot to display a vintage china collection.

Paint It White

Off-white cabinets, beadboard, handmade accessories and wooden floors make this kitchen quintessentially cottage.

Basket Case

Wicker is a great choice for accessories in the cottage-style kitchen. Design by Layla Palmer

Photo By: HGTV fan Layla Palmer

Cottage Chic

Designer Dave Stimmel embraces chandeliers, toile and gold in this eclectic kitchen. The rustic look of exposed-stone walls mixed with the ultra-feminine mantel and backsplash work well in cottage style.

From: Dave Stimmel

Two of a Kind

Beadboard and painted cabinets are popular choices in cottage kitchens. Why not combine the two for a unique look?

Not Your Grandma's Kitchen

Lacquered antler chandeliers and bamboo lattice-back dining chairs are a whimsical touch in this room by Don Raney. Painted crown molding against a hunter-green wall assures that the room isn't too funky.

Just Beachy

Cottage style lends itself to more than a rural landscape. This kitchen and dining area uses white cabinets, light green paint and nautical touches to create a seaside cottage look.

From: Genevieve Gorder

Toiles of the Trade

Pink toile wallpaper along with curtained cabinets give this nook a comfortable femininity.

From: Dave Stimmel

Everyday Elegance

Judith Balis uses floral valences, white cabinets, beadboard, lace and a pop of red to create cozy cottage style. Functional touches like an overhead unit for hanging pots and pans are welcome in the cottage kitchen.

Ravishing Retro

The early 1900s flush-mount fixtures in this galley kitchen give it the charming look of yesteryear. Calming sea-foam green paint brightens the retro-inspired cabinetry.

Modern Cottage

Exposed cabinets, vintage light fixtures, wicker baskets and bright pops of Granny Smith green against a neutral background put a modern take on cottage style.

Country kitchen style is a somewhat broad category that can include everything from the truly rustic—think unfinished, knotty pine cabinets and other styles with wood as far as the eye can see—to more "continental" styles like French or Tuscan country kitchens.

One common thread for country kitchens is that they generally let in a bit more personality and ornamentation than their contemporary and modern cousins. Whereas the latter are often sleek, stylized, minimalist affairs, country kitchens often feature intricate details, fine craftsmanship and plenty of opportunities to express your personal design style.

One great way to express your style is through a country kitchen backsplash. Often one of the most prominent design elements in a country kitchen, the backsplash can add a tremendous amount of color, texture and visual interest to any kitchen design.

When planning your country kitchen backsplash, your first decision will focus on the scope of the project—you'll need to decide exactly how much backsplash your kitchen needs. In general, this decision will be driven by several factors, including the surface area available on the walls above your kitchen countertops, the location of your cooking appliances, and the frequency and "intensity" of your cooking sessions. In other words, if your kitchen is rarely used for big meal preparation and is more likely to receive take out deliveries, you may not need a countertop-to-ceiling backsplash. On the other hand, if you regularly cook large meals for large groups and the walls above your countertops are at risk of looking like modern art pieces composed of food spatter, you may want to consider a more extensive design. Once you've settled on the scope you want, measure the surface area to calculate the square footage of backsplash material you'll need.

Next up, you'll need to decide which type of backsplash material you want to incorporate. Country kitchen backsplashes usually feature more intricate design elements, texture and color than modern or contemporary designs, and they may even include rustic scenes or artwork (think toile pastoral scenes or bucolic farmscapes). For these more down-home designs, there are many custom ceramic tile options that can work; they're generally available from home improvement stores or tile specialty retailers, both online and in-store. For Tuscan-style country kitchens, terracotta backsplashes aren't uncommon, and many homeowners opt for mosaic tile as well for these designs. French country kitchens may also feature mosaics, penny tiles or subway tile, adding traditional, old-world elegance to the design.

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