Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas

Get inspiration from these kitchen backsplash design ideas, and get ready to install an eye-catching and useful backsplash in your kitchen.


By: Sean McEvoy

Whether you're getting ready to install a brand new kitchen tile backsplash or just want to update your current one, equip yourself with the info to choose the right style by exploring the full range of kitchen tile backsplash ideas.

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


One of the great benefits of kitchen backsplash tile—apart from the utilitarian aspect of protecting your kitchen's walls from food spatter—is that it can add a ton of visual appeal, variety and color to your kitchen design. In many contemporary homes, cabinet designs feature simple, clean lines and monochrome colors—so the kitchen tile backsplash is often a great place to experiment with bold designs, patterns and colors.

Another benefit of a tile backsplash, aside from its protective qualities, is that tile is often simple to clean—a must, especially if yours is an active kitchen where lots of cooking takes place. Most tile backsplashes will simply wipe clean after preparation from a big meal has left them spattered and splashed with all manner of foodstuffs.

In addition to its ease of use, tile presents an attractive kitchen backsplash option for many homeowners because of its customizability. It's available in an almost endless array of styles, colors, shapes and sizes, and it can be purchased at just about any home improvement store, online or in-store. In addition, many tile specialty retailers are available to suit your every custom need in terms of shape, color and texture. So whatever style of tile you're looking for, it's doubtful you'll have too much trouble finding it among the many options.

Speaking of style, there are several common types of tile that appear again and again in homes because of their attractiveness, durability and trendy appeal.

First up is subway tile, a classic choice that can be found in many commercial and residential kitchens. This simple, straightforward style consists of rectangular ceramic tiles, usually in white or light colors, with light grout. While this color scheme is popular, many other colors are available to suit any kitchen design, and the simple, rectangular shape can be arranged in just about any pattern as well.

Mosaic tile is another classic kitchen backsplash design, especially for those looking to add some visual interest to their kitchen. Often made of glass or stone, these small tiles adhere to a mesh backing and appear in a diverse pattern. The mesh backing negates the need for the placement of individual tiles and grouting, which makes mosaics a popular choice among DIY-ers looking for a simple-to-install but attractive choice.

Finally, penny tile is a popular choice for those looking to incorporate a vintage style into their kitchen design. Often featuring small, light-colored tiles bordered by dark grout, this attractive style presents a design that's reminiscent of bygone eras.

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