Backsplashes have come a long way since square floral and vegetable motifs. It’s a pleasure to explore the sheer variety of ideas out there for the walls surrounding the kitchen counters and cabinets. I’m a big fan of backsplashes because they offer a dash of personality while improving the functionality of your kitchen.
Whether neutral or bold, just above the sink and stove or across an entire wall, a backsplash has the power to turn the vibe of your room upside down. I’ve even seen tiling applied to the walls behind open shelving and cabinets to add a little visual surprise and richen the presentation of dishware and glassware.
Take a look at the eye-catching backsplashes below for some great inspiration.
White and Bright
Classic Subway Tile with White Grout
Nothing looks more smooth and clean than a full-kitchen whiteout.
White Hexagon Tiles
The gray grout between these small white tiles adds contrast and highlights the unique tile shape.
A Natural Neutral
Sandstone Tiles with Metal Accents
A soft sandstone backsplash is perfect for an active counter. Metal accents tie in the kitchen’s colors and add visual interest.
Marble with Movement
Gorgeous Marble Slab
With its organic lines and gorgeous sheen, a full slab of marble is nothing short of a work of art.
Creamy Marble Herringbone Tile
The herringbone layout of these marble tiles infuses this backsplash with a touch of modernity.
Moss Green Marble Tile
Depth and richness of marble is on show above the sleek, solid countertop.
Glossy Green Glass Tile
The sheen and shade of these tiles add a contemporary touch while blending seamlessly within this classic foursquare home.
The Element of Surprise
This option is surprisingly cost effective. You can often purchase stainless steel backsplashes with ranges, and they’re extremely practical.
Stainless Steel Tiles
When applied to a limited space, these reflective steel tiles offer the perfect amount style and interest without being out there or tacky.
Graphic Chevron Glass Tile
The strong graphic effect of the black and white tiles is balanced by the natural colors of the hood, walls, and cupboards.
Multicolored Square Mosaic Glass Tile
Pick up the vibrant colors of your backsplash throughout the house—white cupboards, orange walls, and chocolate brown countertops.
Mini Multicolored Herringbone Tile
These little streaks of color are playful without being over the top.
Depending on the size of your wall and the materials you choose, backsplashes can be big budget or quick and inexpensive. But, no matter how large your project, backsplashes are a surefire way to change the feel of your kitchen.
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Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.