Bathroom backsplashes prevent water from ruining your walls in the same way that kitchen backsplashes protect walls from cooking spills and spatters. But these hardworking finishes also provide an opportunity to show a little design flair and to play with materials, textures, color and pattern. Check out these stylish designer ideas for bathroom backsplashes that are as stylish as they are functional.
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This atmospheric bathroom designed by GCG Architectes in Paris uses tiles from Moroccan designer Samir Mazer for Ateliers Zelij to create a half wall wrap-around backsplash. The pattern echoes the mashrabiya screens used as semi-transparent space dividers. Soft lighting from wall sconces creates ambient shadows and a pair of mismatched brass framed mirrors adds vintage charm.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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This pretty bathroom designed by Paris-based interior architect Tristan Auer uses tiles from Moroccan designer Samir Mazer for Ateliers Zelij to create a serene green wrap-around half wall backsplash for a pair of charming free-standing pedestal sinks. Arched framed mirrors and a rattan stool with vintage vibes adds complementary natural tones to keep it warm and white walls and floor keeps it fresh.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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A New Angle
Paris interior design firm Itani & Courtois used this irreverent take on a geometric patterned tile from Moroccan designer Samir Mazer for Ateliers Zelij to create a dazzling bathroom backsplash in timeless shades of forest green and white. It's a bold statement that will put a smile on your face every time you wash your hands.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Pretty One Piece
This pretty powder room from Seattle-based OreStudios gets a lightly tough edge thanks to an integrated gray sink and backsplash that creates a functional place for washing up while protecting the blush pink paint on the walls. A pair of warm-toned brass sconces with classic lines and lampshades and a simple wood framed rectangular mirror add contrast and polish to the overall look.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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For this bright and airy bathroom in a family home in San Juan Islands, WA, Seattle-based OreStudios chose to use an integrated slab of mirror as a backsplash that also bounces light from the window above. The mirror complements the white painted wood paneled walls and silver-toned pendant lights and sink hardware on the floating natural wood sink vanity.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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This handsome minimalist contemporary bathroom design for a new construction home in Galisteo, New Mexico from Seattle-based OreStudios uses handsome small rectangular black matte tiles with matching black grout to create a subtly textured neutral bathroom backsplash that grounds the space. The backsplash tile choice works seamlessly with gray concrete floors, white walls, and cool-colored tile used throughout the house to create a cohesive look. A large mirror over the bright white sink and simple integrated silver-toned sink plumbing fixtures keep it feeling crisp and fresh.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Sometimes all you need from a backsplash is a small border of impermeable stone that does its job while fading seamlessly into the background, like this integrated gray and white marble backsplash border in a bathroom design from Leclair Decor. A round mirror with a bronze frame, bronze sink vanity pulls, and a pair of sconces in warm metallic tones add softness and contrast with the cool stone and sink plumbing fixtures. The use of mixed metals adds a layer of interest to a simple design.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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For this high impact minimalist design from Atelier Delphine Carrere in Biarritz, France, gorgeous turquoise tiles from Moroccan designer Samir Mazer for Ateliers Zelij create an entire backsplash wall. A frameless round mirror, a simple wood shelf, and a contemporary black-and-white sink with stainless steel integrated plumbing fixtures creates a contrast with the traditional craftsmanship of the tiles.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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There is nothing more classic than subway tile, which can be minimal and industrial, or a floor-to-ceiling canvas for a bit of modern bling as demonstrated in this bathroom from blogger KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms. "Because the tile is so classic, I can easily change out the accessories in the room to create an entirely different look," says KariAnne, adding that she chose bright brass details on cabinet pulls, sink hardware, mirrors, lighting and accessories "to create the impression that the room has jewelry."Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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This glamorous Parisian bathroom is all about the marble, with a built-in wrap-around slab that serves as a backsplash for the double sinks as well as for the shower. To add some pattern, a contemporary spin on basketweave tile from Moroccan designer Samir Mazer for Ateliers Zelij creates contrast while staying within the neutral palette. Gold-toned accents throughout add a touch of luxe.