12 Drool-Worthy Kitchen Backsplash Ideas for Every Budget

Give your kitchen a facelift with these trendy and timeless tile backsplash finds.

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August 22, 2019

Selecting a paint color for your walls can seem like the easiest design decision you'll make for your new home (until you're standing face-to-face with more than 200 different shades of white). That's precisely how picking a kitchen backsplash feels. You think you're sold on a classic subway tile until you're nose-to-nose with a splurge-worthy marble mosaic tile imported from Italy and — BAM! You're suddenly entertaining the idea of spending the equivalent of two months' mortgage payments on your kitchen walls.

The struggle is real, and the tile selections are endless.

The good news? I'm here to make your life a little easier with 12 hand-selected backsplash tiles to fit any style and any budget. Oh, and I think this goes without saying, but all my picks are knock-out gorgeous and will make for a designer-worthy kitchen. That's a promise.


Wrap your kitchen in this airy, dove-gray porcelain mosaic tile for a look that screams "sophisticated" without being overdone. The gloss gray tile would make an elegant accent to an all-white kitchen or brighten the walls and add contrast beneath navy or charcoal cabinetry. Obsessed with the shape but not sold on the gray hue? The same design comes in seven additional shades that range from icy blue to sapphire to gold.

BUY IT: Wayfair, $10.99 (Originally $17.34)

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Starry-eyed over these tiles? Same. Snag these deep blue-gray porcelain tiles to enliven your kitchen with contrast and character. The oversized porcelain pretties feature a dreamy bohemian star motif with a slightly weathered finish and medium-sheen glaze. Pair them with your bright-white cabinets for crisp contrast, or use alongside blonde wood cabinets for a design packed with contemporary-bohemian flair.

BUY IT: Wayfair, $8.89 (Originally $14.95)

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Give your transitional kitchen an ultra-luxe look with this dreamy, parquet marble mosaic tile. The geometric design nods to the Art Deco period and the natural marble stone features unique veining and swirls that bring movement to your walls. Best part? The natural white-and-gray stone is a foolproof backsplash pick because it pairs beautifully with any color cabinet.

BUY IT: Lowe's, $13.98

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Bring home this gray-and-white star tile for a neutral backsplash that’s anything but boring. The dimensional porcelain tile sports three shades of gray that complement any black, charcoal or beige cabinets. Bonus: These star tiles are as durable as they are pretty. The waterproof tile promises to be scratch-, stain- and slip-resistant to deliver your family a lifetime of style.

BUY IT: Lowe's, $1.49

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Give your kitchen a cozy, lived-in look with these rich and inviting mosaic tiles. Use the earthy porcelain tiles to create a warm backsplash for your farmhouse or rustic kitchen design. The waterproof porcelain tile features an ornate motif with beige, gray and cognac details. Plus, each tile is crafted to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life with a stain-, scratch- and slip-resistant design.

BUY IT: Lowe's, $1.49

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This waterproof porcelain tile features faded black backdrop and a small, white posy detail to offer a simple yet impactful statement beneath your kitchen cabinets. The scratch- and stain-proof design shines best when paired with cabinets in punchy hues like bubblegum pink, mint green or vibrant turquoise.

BUY IT: Lowe's, $4.73

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Achieve a rustic, lived-in kitchen design for your farmhouse, mountain home or Mediterranean kitchen with this textured travertine backsplash tile. The rugged, multi-colored backsplash tile is crafted with tumbled natural stone in a mix of various sizes and smooth edges to offer a rich, dimensional element to your design.

BUY IT: Lowe's, $6.49 (Originally $9.98)

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Enhance your transitional, modern or contemporary kitchen design with this polished, marble hexagon backsplash tile. The drool-worthy tile is crafted from natural, Mediterranean-sourced marble that features gorgeous veining and a rich mix of creamy gray and pearly hues. Pair with white cabinets for classic appeal or showcase beneath bold blue or black cabinets for a high-style, high-contrast look.

BUY IT: Lowe's, $7.99

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Join me in obsessing over this glossy little number, won’t you? The striking ceramic tile sports the timeless subway silhouette but features an airy taupe shade and a gorgeous, weathered-gloss finish. The cozy tile will instantly bring warmth to your kitchen walls and enhance your ivory or stained wood cabinetry. Shop the same design in white, gray and a show-stopping turquoise hue.

BUY IT: Wayfair, $5.59 (Originally $7.43)

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This Calacatta-inspired marble mosaic wall tile is a must-shop to polish off your contemporary kitchen design. The striking ceramic tile passes for the luxurious natural stone, and the herringbone design brings movement and texture to your kitchen walls. Achieve a blogger-worthy kitchen design by pairing this chic ceramic mosaic with all-white cabinetry and snowy marble (or quartz!) countertops.

BUY IT: The Home Depot, $6.69

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My number-one pick for a foolproof kitchen backsplash? White subway tile. Subway tile has been in style for decades and for a good reason. The sleek, horizontal rectangular style elongates any space makes a seamless addition to most kitchen design styles. Use this gorgeous and glossy ceramic staple to give your old cabinets a new lease on life, or refresh the walls behind your contemporary open-shelving unit.

BUY IT: The Home Depot, $2.19

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Kick up the charm in your kitchen with these elegant and airy matte silver backsplash tiles. The cement-inspired porcelain tiles feature a head-turning artisan motif inspired by Mediterranean design. Snag the gray-and-white mosaic tiles to complement your sage green, deep navy or inky charcoal cabinets.

BUY IT: Wayfair, $9.39

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