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 Chevron

Chevron Kitchen Backsplash

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.”

Citrus Yellow

Modern Yellow and White Kitchen

Modern White Kitchen With Neon Yellow Backsplash

This modern white kitchen features clean lines and minimalist design. Aeon yellow glass backsplash provides a bright pop of color.

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Gray and White

Contemporary Kitchen With Brown & White Cabinets and Red Oven

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.

From: Pure Design Interiors

Photo by: Pure Design Interiors

Pure Design Interiors

Black and White Lines

Black Cabinets and Black & White Backsplash in Transitional Kitchen

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.

Photo by: DiFabion Remodeling

DiFabion Remodeling

Geometric Blue and Gold

Modern Kitchen

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.

Photo by: Trevor Dixon (styled by Karin Olsen)

Trevor Dixon (styled by Karin Olsen)

Earthy Stones

River Rock Kitchen Backsplash With Black Countertops

River Rock Kitchen Backsplash

River rock pebbles create a unique backsplash in this kitchen.

Photo by: Photography by Carl Socolow

Photography by Carl Socolow

Vibrant Green

Green Glass Tile Kitchen Backsplash

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.

Photo by: KuDa Photography - Darius Kuzmickas

KuDa Photography - Darius Kuzmickas

Wood Panels

Wood Backsplash in Modern Kitchen

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.”

Photo by: Kurt Hettle; Design By: Michelle Ruber, Encircle Design and Build

Colorful Grout


Photo by: Alison Gootee/STUDIO D - HEARST

Alison Gootee/STUDIO D - HEARST

Moody Texture

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Metallic-Look Backsplash

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.

Photo by: Gail Fedela

Gail Fedela

Sleek Marble

Neutral Modern Kitchen

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.

Photo by: David Lauer

David Lauer

White Subway Tiles With Black Grout

White Kitchen Cabinets

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.

Photo by: Chipper Hatter Photography

Chipper Hatter Photography

Bold Blue

Blue Mosaic Tile Kitchen Backsplash

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.

Photo by: B-Rad Photography

B-Rad Photography

Black With White Grout

Midcentury Modern Barstools Line the Kitchen Island

Midcentury Stools

Midcentury-style 30-inch stools with faux black leather seats, low back rests and lipped edges provide comfy seating at the kitchen's center island.

Photo by: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography


Kitchen With Turquoise Tile Backsplash and Yellow Walls

Transitional Kitchen With Turquoise Tile Backsplash

The cheery yellow walls in this transitional kitchen are perfectly complemented by a bright turquoise backsplash. Crisp white cabinets add to the kitchen's happy vibe, while a turquoise dining chair complements the backsplash.

Simple Cubes

Diamond Pattern Backsplash

Diamond Backsplash

"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

Photo by: Ann Summa/Getty Images for HGTV

Ann Summa/Getty Images for HGTV

Metallic Marble

Kitchen With White Cabinets, Black Countertops & Brown Backsplash

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.

Photo by: Orren Pickell Building Group

Orren Pickell Building Group

Eye-Catching Pattern

Kitchen With Black Backsplash

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.

Photo by: Laure Joliet

Laure Joliet

Soothing Turquoise

Blue Transitional Kitchen

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.

Photo by: Tobi Fairley

Tobi Fairley

Navy and White and Rustic

Blue and White Handmade Tile in Kitchen

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.

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Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

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