20 Beautiful Backsplashes to Inspire Your Own Kitchen
Eye candy abounds!
Nothing changes the look of a kitchen quite like a new backsplash, so it's understandable that actually choosing the perfect option can feel daunting at best. Once you narrow down the color options it's time to start thinking about what materials you want to use, and whether or not you want to incorporate patterns or other bold moves. But in the end, once you debut your kitchen's brand-new look, all the hours spent deciding on a backsplash will be worth it.
To help kickstart your kitchen backsplash search, we've rounded up 20 of our favorite options. There's sure to be something for everyone, whether you love a classic look or something a little more out there.
Blue and White Tile Chevron Kitchen Backsplash
If you like the idea of a patterned backsplash that won’t go out of style, consider a simple geometric pattern: stripes, diamonds or zigzags, for example. To create this chevron effect, designer Kelli Kaufer used hand-cut stained glass. She bought three different colors, cut them into 1-inch wide by 3-inch long angled pieces, and applied to the wall using a double-sided sticky mat. Then, she grouted with a non-sanded grout. “This backsplash can work with many different styles,” says Kaufer. “Depending on the color of the glass pieces, you can either go bold, creating a hip, modern look, or muted, for a classic, sophisticated style.”
Gray and White
Galley Kitchen Features Contrasting Upper & Lower Cabinets and Bright Red Oven
Pure Design Interiors gave this kitchen a fresh look with white upper cabinets, brown lower cabinets, solid white countertops and a bright red oven with a stainless steel cooktop. A graphic gray and white backsplash ties the space together and adds visual interest to the design.
Pure Design Interiors
Black and White Lines
Custom Black & White Kitchen Backsplash
The custom black and white backsplash creates an interesting backdrop in this transitional kitchen with all-black cabinetry. A sleek chimney-style range hood is featured between the cabinets.
Geometric Blue and Gold
Modern-Meets-Traditional Kitchen With Oversize Tile Backsplash
Get kitchen design ideas from this space featured in HGTV Magazine that blends modern and traditional styles. Hand-poured cement tiles from Architectural Ceramics satisfied Jennie’s desire for craftsmanship and color. Matt, hesitant at first about having huge yellow and blue diamonds spanning the entire wall, now loves how the tiles make the kitchen feel energetic and lively.
Trevor Dixon (styled by Karin Olsen)
Photography by Carl Socolow
Modern Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash
For a homeowner who loves the color green, apple green glass subway tiles make up the kitchen backsplash. Walnut cabinets and Caesarstone countertops help pull the space together.
KuDa Photography - Darius Kuzmickas
Wood Backsplash in Modern Kitchen
For the kitchen of a vacation house in Portland, Ore., designer Michelle Ruber of Encircle Design and Build wanted a stylish and low-maintenance material that would stand up to a high-traffic environment. She found her solution in an unlikely place: “The backsplash is the old pony wall in the basement that was removed during the remodel,” she says. “We had the wood planed and then applied it to the backsplash, which brought in a warm feel and history of the original structure. We used a durable marine-grade varnish to protect and properly seal the wood.”
Kurt Hettle; Design By: Michelle Ruber, Encircle Design and Build
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Small Contemporary Kitchen With Textured Backsplash
This quilted tile backsplash is the focus of this small neutral kitchen. The kitchen, which also serves as a dining room, is limited to using one wall of the room, so this metallic backsplash made it easy to add embellishment and distract from the small size of the contemporary space.
Neutral Modern Kitchen With Marble Backsplash
A beautiful slab of white marble serves as a stunning backsplash in this simple kitchen. Storage cabinets are finished to match the stainless steel appliances.
White Subway Tiles With Black Grout
White Kitchen Cabinets and Backsplash
Refinishing these kitchen cabinets and painting them white helped to lighten and brighten the space. As is seen throughout the home, the white elements are offset by dark ones, here in the countertops and appliances.
Chipper Hatter Photography
Blue Mosaic Tile Kitchen Backsplash and Sink
Blues from light to dark echo the ocean and are a pretty complement to this beach house's location. Pair the backsplash with a few ocean friends and you can almost hear the waves crash.
Black With White Grout
Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography
"Recessed high hats are a go-to for us. They do the hard work of lighting up the kitchen but still create a warm look. We put decorative lighting over either an island or the sink. Black grout accentuates the pattern of a backsplash—in this case, a diamond pattern—and it never looks dirty, like white grout can," say John and Anthony. Get the look: Little Diamonds ceramic tile, $24 per square foot, heathceramics.com
Ann Summa/Getty Images for HGTV
Shimmery Marble Backsplash in Transitional Kitchen
A shimmery marble backsplash in copper tones shines against the crisp white cabinets and black countertops in this kitchen. To give it that extra wow factor, under cabinet lights highlight the backsplash.
Orren Pickell Building Group
Neutral Kitchen With Black Backsplash
The design goal of this sophisticated kitchen? Infuse its Cape Cod architecture with midcentury modern style. The kitchen cabinetry took a year of searching for the perfect wood. The winner: a European Compressed Oak.
Blue Transitional Kitchen With Blue Subway Tile Backsplash
Robin's egg blue glazed subway tiles add high gloss pop to this kitchen's backsplash. High-end amenities abound including a cook top, pot filler faucet, and chef-grade appliances.
Navy and White and Rustic
Distinct Patterned Backsplash in Contemporary Kitchen
The distinctively patterned backsplash is a defining feature in the kitchen and, since they are all handmade, the pattern on each individual tile is subtly unique.