Let your style make a splash
Your kitchen backsplash offers endless opportunities to express your style in your kitchen. The truth is, backsplashes that are intended to protect your walls from food splashes can also be a conversation piece.
Whether you’re enjoying a tranquil moment by yourself or entertaining guests, the right kitchen interior design can set the mood for your day. Pick a calming color scheme like whites and light blues, or, for a more daring design, add a bright mosaic tile backsplash. No matter the style you choose, your backsplash can make a statement in your kitchen.
You can install your own kitchen backsplash or get the perfect fit from a pro. No matter how you want to enhance your space, there’s a creative kitchen backsplash idea for you.
Subway tile backsplashes are as versatile as they are plentiful. Try a subway tile backsplash in any style or color you can imagine.
1. Subway Tile with Black Grout
Try breaking up white kitchen cabinets with a dash of black. White subway tiles with black grout provide some classic contrast while sticking to your color scheme. As a bonus, black grout is easy to clean, and will hide cooking stains and natural wear-and-tear.
2. Beveled Subway Tile
Beveled white subway tiles are ideal for a modern kitchen backsplash. For a new slant on a timeless look, try beveled subway tiles with a glossy finish. Paired with green lower cabinetry, this backsplash gives your countertops more dimension.
3. Subway Tile Picture Frame
Do more with less! A simple white subway tile can go a long way if you get creative. This picture frame design with a herringbone pattern is made entirely of subway tile and rail molding. There are a dozen different patterns you can create with a simple rectangular tile.
4. Glossy Subway Tile Backsplash
Trying to brighten up a modern kitchen? Try a white subway tile with a glossy finish. Adding white gloss tiles between dark cabinetry can make a small kitchen feel bigger and brighter.
5. Colored Subway Tile Backsplash
Subway tiles come in every color and finish imaginable. This subway tile backsplash with a matte finish in this efficient galley kitchen lends a vintage, exposed-brick feel. Colored subway tiles are an inexpensive way to add a pop of color to your kitchen.
Faux and Natural Stone
The path to achieving a modern and elegant look is often paved with marble.
6. Marble Backsplash
A marble backsplash makes any kitchen look and feel expensive. For homeowners who want a backsplash that is both beautiful and easy to clean, a marble backsplash is a popular choice.
Whether you go for natural stone or a man-made substitute, slab backsplashes can be hard to install. We recommend hiring a pro to help you get the right cut and proper installation.
7. Marble-Look Quartz
Marble-look quartz is a popular choice for modern kitchens. With all the looks and benefits of natural stone, quartz is usually a stone composite allowing for beautiful color blends. An interior designer can help you pick the perfect color, pattern, and fit for your kitchen.
8. Carrara Marble Subway Tile
For a modern spin on traditional interior design, try Carrara marble subway tiles. You can use a pencil liner to add a picture frame in a different pattern. Employ a matching marble tile in a herringbone pattern to create a focal point that will give your kitchen that extra “wow” factor.
Glamorous Glass Backsplash
If your kitchen is on the smaller side, a glass or mirror backsplash can help give the illusion that the room is bigger than it really is.
9. Mirror Backsplash
Want to make a small kitchen look bigger? Try white cabinetry and a mirror backsplash. This combination is eye-catching and makes a small space sparkle.
10. Solid Glass Backsplash
Create a focal point in your kitchen with a bold statement backsplash made of solid colored glass. A dark blue glass backsplash looks gorgeous against white cabinets or white walls.
Choose any color that suits your room! These backsplashes are a little trickier to install—especially if you choose to cover a large area—so you should consider hiring an interior designer for the best results.
11. Glass Mosaic with Square Tiles
Small square tiles are ideal for creating a mosaic backsplash to fit any color scheme. Choose mosaic tiles to complement your existing color scheme, or make an intricate pattern pop against white cabinets.
12. Glass Mosaic With Rectangular Tiles
Glass tiles come in an assortment of shapes and colors. Try mixing in a rectangular tile to make your mosaic more dynamic. An interior designer can help you mix and match to customize a mosaic backsplash that works for your kitchen.
Creative Tile Shapes
Creative tile shapes are a great choice for homeowners who want to make an impact without breaking the bank.
13. Hexagon Tiles
Being choosy about your tile shape is another way to create a stylish statement that draws the eye. Whether you’re filling a small space or a large area, an unusual tile shape can break up straight lines and create natural contrast.
14. Elongated Hexagon Tiles
This elongated hexagon tile gives a timeless subway tile feel while adding a touch of modern kitchen design. The black grout breaks up the white tiles and cabinetry for a twist on a timeless favorite.
15. Penny Tile Backsplash
This penny tile backsplash adds texture and a vintage feel to a two-tone kitchen. The choice of gray gives this backsplash an almost metallic look that will brighten up your kitchen and reflect natural light.
16. Fish Scale Tiles
This flashy fish scale tile is an interior designer's dream when they’re looking to create a kitchen focal point. An unusual shape and color naturally draw the eye to even the smallest of areas.
17. Geometric Backsplash
A geometric backsplash made of diamond-shaped tiles will stand out in simple, modern kitchens. Plus, there’s no need to spend a lot of money when you can implement a simple backsplash with just the right amount of artistic flair, like this one. Colored grout can add extra contrast and heighten the illusion.
Make the most of your kitchen backsplash ideas with a custom mosaic for individualized interior design.
18. Mix Modern and Traditional
This gray-and-white backsplash mixes modern and traditional interior design. It’s a striking color combo like this one, in striped marble tile, that can wrap around a modern white kitchen and make it all the more chic. The contrasting mosaic picture frame here gives the kitchen a nice focal point.
19. Crest Pattern
This modern crest-pattern mosaic mixes porcelain, ceramic, and iridescent glass. Mosaic backsplashes that blend with the existing color schemes are a plus. With a mosaic backsplash, you can always add some iridescence to your day without compromising your personal aesthetics.
20. Mixed Materials
The beauty of a mosaic backsplash is that an interior designer can help you mix and match to find a custom fit for any kitchen. This custom mosaic backsplash uses a mix of natural stone tile and metallic flare to find harmony between white walls, dark wood cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances.
Tile patterns can also come in printed tile, or you can create them with your tile layout. No matter what tile you're working with, tile patterns can take your kitchen to the next level.
21. Chevron Pattern
Want to make an impact in a small kitchen? Even if you only have a small space, this silver chevron pattern stands out against white cabinetry. Chevron is chic in traditional color schemes and custom colors alike.
22. Herringbone Pattern
This backsplash is a timeless example of marble tile in a herringbone pattern. It complements the white cabinets while giving the kitchen a light airy feel. The blue kitchen island blends beautifully with the white walls to give this kitchen a seaside feel.
23. Vertically Stacked
Vertically stacked tile—also called soldier pattern—gives your kitchen backsplash a neat, linear look. This classic white kitchen looks elegant and tidy with shiny gold accents.
Printed or painted tiles are an ideal way to get a custom feel for less. They are usually made of porcelain or ceramic, and they come in lots of styles.
24. Hand-Painted Ceramic
Options abound with hand-painted ceramic tiles! Shades of pink, purple, and light gray give this kitchen a homey feel. If you’re creating your own pattern, painted ceramic tile is incredibly flexible. Customize your tile to create the interior design that’s just right for your home.
25. Patterned Hexagons
These purple patterned porcelain tiles are a stand out in any kitchen. Printed porcelain makes a splash against white cabinets and is easy to clean compared to a hand-painted pattern.
26. Mosaic-Print Porcelain
Mosaic-print porcelain tiles are another standout style. Get a custom mosaic look for a more affordable price and an easier install.
Out-of-the-Box Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
If the standard backsplash materials don’t match your personal style, get creative with some funky alternatives and let your flair speak for itself.
27. Stainless Steel Backsplash
Love the shine of stainless steel? Now you can add it to your backsplash. This standout silver backsplash ties together the various shades of blacks, grays, and whites with the existing stainless steel appliances.
28. Counter-to-Ceiling Tiled Backsplash
This counter-to-ceiling tiled backsplash is a perfect example of creative interior design. The black tiles accent the white to create a border and draw your eye to the statement range hood. The stainless steel and black tile background contrast with the white walls for a stunning focal point.
29. Checkered Backsplash
For a vintage feel, try a checkered backsplash. This style is easy to achieve with any square ceramic tiles—just choose colors that complement your existing fixtures. If you’re in the mood to DIY, you can even paint your cabinets to match.
30. Shiplap Backsplash
Tile isn’t the only choice when it comes to your backsplash—you can always keep pre-existing features like exposed brick or trendy shiplap. Shiplap is also a great DIY option, or you could have a pro install it for you in a tight space. This blue-and-white color scheme lends a nautical feel, with shiplap adding the finishing touch.