Beyond Tile: 25 Truly Beautiful Kitchen Backsplashes
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Beyond Tile: 25 Truly Beautiful Kitchen Backsplashes

We’re alllll about kitchens with character, and since backsplashes are totally on trend, you can have a lot of fun with the busiest room in the house. Whether your aesthetic is minimally Scandinavian or Upper East Side chic, there’s a tile style to suit your taste. Here are 25 completely pin-worthy ways to inspire your next kitchen makeover.

1. Mega Chevron: Don’t bore yourself with a small border of tile just above the countertop. Extend your backsplash to the ceiling for as much drama as you can handle. Here, there are two laminates laid in a chevron pattern, giving the look of a marble wall without the painful price tag. (via Domaine Home)

2. Dark and Dramatic: Black glazed tiles make a graphic statement. They also serve as the perfect compliment to the more rustic cabinetry in this modern kitchen. (via House Beautiful)

3. Honed Marble: Honed marble lacks the shininess and reflective qualities of polished marble, and the dramatic veining creates a luxurious, yet rustic look that’s perfect for a casual setting. (via Design Sponge)

4. Burnished Glass Tile: These bold disco tiles are best balanced by casual furnishings and accessories. Look for an old farmhouse table or some Windsor chairs to create a livable space. If only we could rip that copper lamp right off the screen! (via Templeton)

5. Unlacquered Brass: Brass is having a major moment right now, so it’s no surprise to see it trickle over into finishes. Cameron Diaz totally rocks this look in her bold green kitchen with matching brass-trimmed cabinetry. (via Elle Decor)

6. Stainless Steel: Stainless steel may feel a little clinical, but mixed with the right materials, it’s just the thing for a clean update to your cook space. Here, organic butcher-block countertops, modern geometric hexagonal tiles and steel form an unbeatable trio. (via Remodelista)

7. Pops of Color: You really can’t go wrong with a bright pop of color under your cabinets. It’s the perfect way to add some character to your kitchen, especially when you repeat the color in the hardware or lighting. (via Ashley Whittaker Design)

8. Patterned Cement Tiles: A backsplash is the perfect place for some fun patterning. At eye level, it’s a feast for the eyes, and with every color under the sun available, these tiles are a beautiful way to bring attention to other colors in your home. (via Wall Street Journal)

9. Subtle Patterns: A subdued glossy white backsplash carries a fair share of visual interest with its pretty 3D pattern. (via Houzz)

10. Moroccan Inspiration: Here, the calmness of white space provides respite from the bold backsplash, creating a cool, refreshing feel in this coastal home. (via Home Life)

11. Small Space, Big Impact: The open shelving of this teeny apartment kitchen keeps that busy backsplash from feeling too cluttered. (via Chad Mcphail Design)

12. White on White: Get inspired by this bright and airy kitchen with colorful coral and copper accents. (via Cuckoo For Design)

13. Swedish Chic: Not every kitchen could pull off this look, but when done right it looks absolutely stunning. (via Fredrick Paulsen)

14. Polygon Edge: Create that marble backsplash from a different angle with tiny hexagon tiles that weave across the wall with a charmingly crooked edge. (via Coco Lapine Design)

15. Creating Flow: Not for the faint of heart, this dramatic backsplash continues all the way from floor to ceiling — literally. The blue and white pattern beautifully leads the eye from kitchen counter to dining area. (via Shubin and Donaldson)

16. Earth Textures: Whoa, wooden tiles?! We’re definitely digging this extremely unique look, especially because it’s handmade and eco-friendly. (via Everitt and Schilling)

17. The Dark Side: Do you dare to put black in your kitchen? These little matte black tiles and minimalist clock create a striking look in this Scandinavian-style kitchen. (via Elle Blogg)

18. Matte vs Shiny: The roughly uneven tiles are a welcome contrast to the somber paneling in this ultra-luxe European kitchen. (via Remodelista)

19. Reflective Surfaces: In a small kitchen, a full wall of stainless steel helps reflect natural light. In this case, the pots and pans create double the reflection. (via Dwell)

20. Color Blocking: We’re always on board with anything that involves color blocking. Just think of the color palette possibilities. (via Made A Mano)

21. Concrete Splash: It would be pretty difficult to truly recreate this chic, worn down look, but if you have concrete walls, lucky you! (via Elle Blogg)

22. Black and White: Even though there is a lot going on in this eclectic kitchen, the abundance of white makes the whole space feel light and cheery. (via Decor Pad)

23. Soothing Neutrals: The subtle gray and white pattern adds just the right amount of interest in this traditional kitchen. (via Style At Home)

24. Modern Classic: As sharp as a tuxedo, the black backsplash coordinates with the black island for a very sophisticated look. (via Style At Home)

25. Accent Colors: A touch of shiny green tiles bring a happy mood to this modern space. (via Remodelista)

Will you be making a splash in your kitchen? Let us know in the comments below!