Kitchen Backsplash Styles

Browse ideas for kitchen backsplash styles, and get ready to design an attractive and useful backsplash for your kitchen.


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If you're looking to update an existing kitchen backsplash or install a brand new one, your first step will be to peruse the wide range of kitchen backsplash styles available.

Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplash Options and Ideas

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Stainless Steel Backsplash & Red Kitchen Cabinets


Kim Alexandriuk

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) View original photo.

Modern Kitchen With Purple Wall, LED Lighting and Quartz Counter

Farmhouse Sink Area in Cottage Kitchen


Rustic Transitional Kitchen

Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash and Wine Racks

Old World Kitchen With Nailhead Accents

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) View original photo.


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Smoky Gray Subway Tile in White Kitchen


Elizabeth Tranberg

Contemporary Kitchen with Metallic Tile Backsplash

Green Glass Tile Backsplash in Modern Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Multicolor Tile Backsplash


Nomita Joshi Gupta



John Colaneri

Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash


John Colaneri

Sleek Contemporary Kitchen With Photo Backsplash

Traditional Kitchen With Dark Wood Island

Black and White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Stove


Eclectic Kitchen With Stone Countertops and Exotic Pendant Lights


John Colaneri

Contemporary Black Metallic Kitchen With Red and White Bar Chairs

Eclectic Stone Bar With Blue Ceramic Backsplash

Red and Yellow Kitchen Backsplash


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


Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Room to Work

Gray and White Chef's Kitchen With Dot Backsplash

Orange Country-Style Kitchen With Open Shelving

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) View original photo.

Modern Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and Mosaic Backsplash


Dorothy Willetts

Detail of Kitchen Range and Microwave UO 2011

Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash


Barney Maier

Cream & Brown Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash



John Colaneri

Kitchen With Teal Mosaic Tile Wall

Spacious Gray-Blue Transitional Kitchen


Photo By: Andrew Bruah

Contemporary Kitchen With Island Seating




Bright and Fun Green Tiled Backsplash


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


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


Floral Window Shade in Pale Yellow Kitchen

White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents

Tiny Traditional Kitchen With Gray Stone Tile Backsplash

Contemporary Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash



John Colaneri

Green Kitchen With White Farmhouse Sink


John Colaneri

Black Kitchen Cabinets With Copper Range Hood


John Colaneri

Retro Cabinetry



John Colaneri

Traditional White Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling

Reflective Kitchen Backsplash



John Colaneri



John Colaneri

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


Tara Benet

Kitchen With Mirrored Backsplash and Marble Countertop

Photo By: Chris Amaral © 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved. View original photo.

White Cottage Kitchen With Wet Bar and Built-In Desk


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


From understated elegance to bold, intricate and eye-catching, the style choices for kitchen backsplashes are just about infinite.

Finding the right style for your kitchen backsplash starts with understanding whether you want to match the overall design of your kitchen, or use the backsplash as an opportunity to divert slightly from the design and add some visual punch to your kitchen. Backsplashes can add a great deal of color and eye-catching aesthetic appeal to kitchens, and they provide an excellent opportunity to express your style personality. As it's becoming more common for modern home design to feature clean lines, monochrome colors and kitchen cabinets and countertops without a ton of adornment, backsplashes can complement an otherwise minimalist design with some visual punch.

In addition to the aesthetic and protective qualities of a kitchen backsplash, many backsplash styles also offer an added benefit of convenience. The intended purpose of a backsplash, apart from visual appeal, is to protect the wall from cooking mess. If a backsplash is doing its job—and a kitchen is regularly used to prepare meals—then it's a good bet the backsplash gets dirty quite often and needs consistent cleaning. Ceramic tile and glass backsplashes, in particular, offer a convenient "wipe clean" benefit, as their uniform, smooth surfaces allow them to be cleaned quickly and easily.

In addition to offering a convenient and easily maintained surface, many backsplash styles are also highly customizable. Most backsplash materials are available in an almost endless array of styles, colors, shapes and sizes, and they can be purchased at just about any home improvement store, either online or in-store. Also, many tile specialty retailers can source or create any custom style of backsplash you need. So whichever material and style you're looking for, it's likely you'll find the perfect backsplash among the many options.

In terms of actual styles, there are several particularly popular choices for kitchen backsplashes. Subway tile is one of the most widely used, appearing commonly in homes and businesses. This style usually consists of rectangular ceramic tiles, often in white or light colors, with light grout. If light and bright doesn't suite your style, a wide variety of colors are available, and the rectangular shapes can be arranged to suit any kitchen design, as well.

Mosaic tile is another familiar kitchen backsplash design, especially for anyone looking to add some visual diversity to their kitchen. Glass, ceramic or stone are the most common materials used for mosaic tile. These small tiles stick to a mesh backing and are arranged in a diverse pattern. The mesh backing eliminates individual tile placement and grouting, making mosaic tile a popular choice for DIY enthusiasts.

Lastly, penny tile can offer a charming, vintage look to any kitchen. This style most often consists of round or oval tiles, often light in color, paired with a darker grout color.

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