A kitchen backsplash is a design opportunity to use color and pattern, experiment with materials, and add a dose of personality to the most frequently used gathering space in the house. It's also a relatively small canvas that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to renovate if you change your mind and want to try something new.
Whether you are looking for a custom-designed tile pattern, a gorgeous piece of stone, an unconventional material, a jolt of color, a metallic finish, or a classic finishing touch like subway tile, a backsplash can be more than just a practical piece of kitchen armor against unwanted splashes and splatters. Think of it like a great necklace or a pocket square—that finishing touch that brings the whole ensemble together. Check out these inspiring ideas to spark your own creativity and turn your kitchen into a conversation piece.
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The gleaming opalescent tile backsplash of this gorgeous all-white kitchen from Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, the design duo at Jersey Ice Cream Co., adds dimension to the neutral color scheme and is the perfect backdrop for a show-stopping gourmet oven. Bronze, stainless, and copper metals mix effortlessly to give the kitchen a timeless appeal.
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This feel-good pink and green kitchen from Dabito at Old Brand New features a soft geometric black-and-white patterned tile backsplash that creates structure between the vivid color blocking and helps keep the design feeling airy and modern.Continue to 3 of 54 below.
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Blue and White Patterned Tile
This pretty blue and white patterned backsplash in a kitchen from Austin, TX.-based interior designer Erin Williamson adds a decorative note to an otherwise streamlined white kitchen design. It's just the right dose of color and pattern to wake up the all-white cabinetry and walls and will never go out of style.
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In this rustic chic kitchen designed by Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co., a distressed dark wood wall is contrasted with a stunning roughly hammered sheet of warm bright copper to create contrast and a focal point above the stovetop. It's a great lesson in how to use bold, noble materials in small thoughtful doses for maximum effect.
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Ontario-based interior designer Michelle Berwick of Michelle Berwick Design used a play of patterned cement tiles on the kitchen island and backsplash of this playful, feminine, Midcentury-inspired remodel. Look closely and you can see that in addition to incorporating warm metallic touches throughout, the designer used gold grout for an extra dose of backsplash bling.Continue to 6 of 54 below.
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Make It Custom
Interior designer Erin Williamson used Fireclay brick tile with inset wood to create this distinctive custom backsplash that echoes the roof line of the house it's in, a 1950s A-frame cabin. "A minimal cooktop keeps the focus on the backsplash," Williamson says, adding that she chose copper plumbing fixtures to complement the wood tones.
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If you love the idea of splashing out on a beautiful stone or marble backsplash but don't want to blow your budget, focus your efforts on the wall behind the stove where most splashes and splatters will occur. The soft blue-gray paint in this kitchen by interior designers Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co. creates a soothing backdrop that allows this stunning backsplash to shine, creating an elegant, timeless focal point in the kitchen.
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Beach House Blue
Interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors used a rich blue tile backsplash from countertop to ceiling in this casual beach house design that adds contrast to the rich wood paneling throughout. It's a simple, modern approach to coastal design that would work even if you don't live by the ocean.Continue to 10 of 54 below.
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Shades of Green
In this dreamy English country kitchen designed by deVOL Kitchens, shades of green on the walls, kitchen cabinets, and glossy backsplash tile create an earthy, calming atmosphere set off with terracotta pots, rich wood, and brass accents. The room looks like it has always been there and will never go out of style.Continue to 11 of 54 below.
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A white backsplash doesn't have to be utilitarian or boring. In this kitchen design from interior designer Laura Brophy of Laura Brophy Interiors, gleaming white Moroccan Zellige clay tiles contrast nicely with the warm woods on the floor, island, cabinetry, and chairs of this inviting kitchen flooded with natural light.Continue to 12 of 54 below.
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The backsplash of this clean, modern kitchen design from Ontario-based interior designer Michelle Berwick of Michelle Berwick Design has a geometric pattern that looks almost invisible thanks to its shimmery all-white tile and invisible matching white grout. It's a subtle take on using a pattern that is contemporary and unfussy.Continue to 13 of 54 below.
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Pretty In Pink
Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess makes a case for a removable peel and stick vinyl trompe l'oeil tile backsplash with this budget-friendly kitchen makeover that's undeniably pretty and easy to install. It goes to show you that you don't have to spend a lot to transform a run-of-the-mill kitchen into something more personal and special. And it demonstrates the power and appeal of using pink in the kitchen.Continue to 14 of 54 below.
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Interior designer Erin Williamson of Erin Williamson Design took the geometric black-and-white tile all the way up the walls of this A-frame Texas lake house to create a backsplash and accent wall all in one. Black appliances and countertop tie the neutral scheme together.Continue to 15 of 54 below.
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Interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design used a dramatic black backsplash in this European-inspired kitchen that creates a seamless transition with the countertops and high contrast against the creamy white walls. The open-plan kitchen and dining room have a relaxing, grounded, timeless feel.Continue to 16 of 54 below.
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Pale Marble, Dark Walls
In this Swedish kitchen designed by deVOL Kitchens, dark matte green walls and medium-toned wood creates a serene and somber atmosphere that's given some relief with a beige-toned marble slab backsplash.Continue to 17 of 54 below.
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Interior designer Charlie Coull of Charlie Coull Design used a penny tile backsplash in this kitchen that looks like a white wall from a distance but reveals subtle texture and a play of light from closer up. The simple, timeless tile choice works as well in a vintage kitchen as it does here with white quartz countertops and light wood cabinetry.Continue to 18 of 54 below.
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Britt Design Studio used a soft geometric tile backsplash of elongated hexagons laid in a vertical pattern with dark grout in an otherwise neutral kitchen. The tile is carried along the entire wall above the oven and stovetop, lending a subtle sense of rhythm and dynamism that pulls the space together while preserving the room's airy feel. It's an illustration of how geometric patterns can add a graphic element to any room.Continue to 19 of 54 below.
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When choosing a white or otherwise neutral backsplash, small details matter. In this German schoolhouse kitchen designed by deVOL Kitchens, the simple white tile backsplash is tiled with thick lines of beige grout that soften it and give it a lived-in and elegantly rustic feel that works particularly well in older homes or country-style interiors.Continue to 20 of 54 below.
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Interior designer Jojo Barr at House Nine chose simple square white tiles with black grout laid in a staggered pattern to add a modern touch to this traditional family kitchen. The tile looks more like wallpaper than a functional backsplash, and it helps create the balance of old and new elements that make the kitchen design work, with its modern refrigerator, vintage style oven, artwork, taxidermy, and antiques.
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For this blue kitchen at the Lokal Hotel, interior designers Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of the Jersey Ice Cream Co. decided to extend the blue Shaker-style wood paneling of the kitchen cabinetry partially up the wall behind the appliances to create an integrated backsplash that works seamlessly with the woodwork in the kitchen. This is one way to go if you want to create a harmonious look that turns the backsplash into part of the architecture of the room. Use satin paint so it's easy to wipe clean.Continue to 23 of 54 below.
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This glamorous beach house kitchen from award-winning Australian firm Decus Interiors features a long mirrored backsplash that reflects natural light and highlights the use of wood, stone, and metallics in the open-plan space.Continue to 24 of 54 below.
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Interior designer Erin Chelius of Chelius House of Design chose a large format subway tile backsplash in a shiny greige-toned finish that has an earthy quality that works well with the beige and gray palette of the open plan kitchen, decorated with natural elements such as wood, leather, and woven baskets.Continue to 25 of 54 below.
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Glossy Black Subway
Interior designer Erin Williamson of Erin Williamson Design chose glossy black subway tile for the backsplash of this kitchen on the shores of Lake Austin, TX. The high gloss finish bounces light around and black appliances and countertops, stainless steel plumbing fixtures, and light gray paint create a masculine feel.Continue to 26 of 54 below.
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Two for One
In this Victorian English kitchen designed by deVOL Kitchens, the green tile is cut in different sizes that range from squares at the top to smaller rectangular shapes at the bottom. This variation adds a homemade quality and a subtle variation in pattern to the simple, timeless shades of green tile, which works like a charm against the warm pink walls.Continue to 27 of 54 below.
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In this historic home renovation in Bath, Maine, Tyler Karu Design + Interiors took the classic black-and-white backsplash up to the ceiling and covered every wall of the kitchen for a dramatic effect. The tile pattern alludes to an earlier era while looking fresh and updated, respecting the historic character of the home while making it comfortable for contemporary living.Continue to 28 of 54 below.
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The pale blue backsplash brings light and airiness that contrasts with the dark cabinetry in this kitchen remodel from interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors.Continue to 29 of 54 below.
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Interior designer Nancy Charbonneau of Charbonneau Interiors and Bill Hughes updated a dark 1980's home, installing a light and bright kitchen backsplash of subway tiles laid horizontally. To add subtle interest and variation, a framed herringbone-patterned tile inset above the stove creates a backsplash within a backsplash effect while retaining a low-contrast, monochromatic overall feel.
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One of the eternal truths of home renovation is that any change big or small can have a domino effect that leads to unexpected consequences. Laura Gummerman from A Beautiful Mess upgraded her kitchen cabinetry, only to find that the new bright white cabinets made her brown tile backsplash look extra tired. She wasn't ready to replace the backsplash tile but needed to do something. So she painted the existing backsplash in a vivid turquoise hue, an easy and money-saving DIY intervention that anyone could do.Continue to 31 of 54 below.
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The stormy gray-and-white backsplash in this beach house kitchen renovation from bloggers and house flippers Hannah and Ty of Hannah Tyler Designs creates a focal point in an otherwise neutral-toned open space, warmed up with touches of wood.Continue to 32 of 54 below.
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DIY White Plank
Mandi Johnson from A Beautiful Mess covered up a roughly textured kitchen wall with an inexpensive DIY white plank backsplash that gives the kitchen a fresh, homey feel and was ultimately less of a project than sanding down and refinishing the walls.Continue to 33 of 54 below.
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Jodi Berger of JLA Designs used a dynamic cool-toned tile pattern above this Bethesda, MD. kitchen remodel to create interest and movement. The rounded shapes contrast with the straight lines of the kitchen and rectangular tile elsewhere in the room.Continue to 34 of 54 below.
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Home renovation bloggers and house flippers Hannah and Ty of Hannah Tyler Designs chose a simple, sober square tile in shades of grayish off-white for this kitchen renovation, a cost-effective crowd-pleasing alternative to the ubiquity of the rectangular subway tile backsplash.Continue to 35 of 54 below.
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Jodi Berger of JLA Designs used a timeless marble backsplash that adds subtle pattern while blending in with the light cabinetry in this airy minimalist luxe Manhattan kitchen remodel. The cool stone is warmed up with brass hardware, metallic touches on the pendant lighting, and matte wide plank oak flooring.Continue to 36 of 54 below.
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Jodi Berger of JLA Designs used a dramatic metallic backsplash above the bar area of this Manhattan apartment open-plan kitchen remodel that looks like rows of gold bars and adds an unapologetic dose of bling.Continue to 37 of 54 below.
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To balance the colorful wallpaper, wall paint, and accessories in this eclectic Costa Mesa, CA. kitchen renovation, Kelly of K Shan Design installed a clean, modern white hexagonal tile with dark grout.Continue to 38 of 54 below.
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If your kitchen is blessed with a pantry, bar, or another area, using varying but complementary backsplashes can highlight individual areas while working together to create an overall design aesthetic. Interior designer Kate Marker from Kate Marker Interiors used a gray subway tile in a herringbone pattern above a pantry sink to distinguish it from the backsplash in the main kitchen.Continue to 39 of 54 below.
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The team at Leclair Decor chose a bronze mirror tile backsplash laid in a vertical pattern to add a metallic sheen to this moody and masculine kitchen remodel. The warm bronze catches light throughout the day and evening, creating an ever-changing and dynamic atmosphere that adds dimension to the dark color scheme and keeps it interesting.Continue to 40 of 54 below.
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Stacked rather than staggered white subway tiles with dark grout give this kitchen a clean and contemporary feel. Warm wood and golden-toned metal finishes add warmth. The dark grout looks modern but it also is easier to clean than conventional white.
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Hexagonal Penny Tile
Ontario-based interior designer Michelle Berwick of Michelle Berwick Design chose hexagonal penny tile with dark grout for this stylish and functional suburban home renovation in a bold palette of white, black, and bright gold.Continue to 42 of 54 below.
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In this basement kitchen renovation, Ontario-based interior designer Michelle Berwick of Michelle Berwick Design installed a long stone slab backsplash along the span of the wall that incorporates a chunky open shelf in the same material. The shelf area adds dimension to the linear design, and creates a display area for a dynamic display of plants, art, and accessories.Continue to 44 of 54 below.
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In this streamlined kitchen, interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors created a simple but studied play of off-white tones and materials. The tile backsplash laid horizontally above the stove has a subtle embossed pattern, while the rest of the wall above the countertops is covered in vertical wall slats that extend to the ceiling and also cover the exhaust hood.Continue to 45 of 54 below.
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For this minimalist Japandi-inspired renovation from interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors, a backsplash of skinny pale gray rectangular stacked tiles creates a whisper of texture and serves as a quiet but well-considered backdrop to the room's sweet mint green cabinets and cool-toned silver appliances.Continue to 46 of 54 below.
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If you prefer a solid backdrop without tile or grout lines, but don't want to splash out for stone, opt for a monochromatic color block backsplash in concrete or another matte finish, like this earthy neutral-toned backsplash in a Pacific Palisades, CA. home designed by interior designer Jenn Pablo of Jenn Pablo Studio.Continue to 49 of 54 below.
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The stone backsplash in this English cottage-inspired kitchen from interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design looks like a piece of abstract art or a photograph of bare branches. Its graphic black veining adds interest and a touch of drama to the room, with its natural palette of soft taupes, grays, browns, and weathered wood tones.Continue to 50 of 54 below.
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Marble Subway Tile
Ursula Carmona of Homemade by Carmona renovated the eat-in kitchen in her contemporary cottage-style guesthouse with a marble subway tile backsplash that blends in with the rest of the room and complements its soft neutral tones of gray, beige, and white.Continue to 51 of 54 below.
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The glossy black square tile backsplash in this kitchen pantry from interior designer Mindy Gayer of Mindy Gayer Design Co. sets itself apart from the matte all-white main kitchen backsplash. Visible from the main kitchen and dining area, the dark tile of the pantry creates contrast and a sense of depth to the smaller space.Continue to 52 of 54 below.
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Light As a Penny
Interior designer Desiree Burns of D Burns Interiors chose white penny tile for the backsplash of this glamorous little bachelorette apartment. The timeless tiles add subtle texture and blend seamlessly with marble countertops, white cabinetry, and a Smeg refrigerator. Pops of gold metallic bring the bling, and natural materials like wood and rattan warm it up.Continue to 53 of 54 below.
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Clean as a Bone
Interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors chose crowd-pleasing matte white subway tile for this light, airy, clean, and contemporary gray-and-white intergenerational family home kitchen. Laid out in a herringbone pattern, it helps to break up the linear lines of the cabinetry, countertops, and floating shelves, along with pendant globe lights that add some curves.Continue to 54 of 54 below.
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Frame It Out
In this spacious kitchen designed by deVOL Kitchens, the stovetop is located on the kitchen island, while the sink is built into a side wall, its stone backsplash inset and framed out like a piece of art.