When it comes to kitchen design, there are some huge things that a homeowner needs to consider. Naturally, the cabinetry will be the biggest decision that needs to be made, along with the overall layout of the space. After that, you’ll spend a lot of time thinking about the sink, the appliances, and even the cabinet hardware. You’ll also spend a great degree of time thinking about what flooring decision is going to work best…
But, there’s an aspect of kitchen design that might be more important that many of these other considerations. While the backsplash may not be the most functional or largest element of your kitchen’s design, the backsplash goes a long way toward determining the overall look of the space. Without a well-chosen and designed backsplash, an otherwise beautiful kitchen can often seem completely underwhelming. That’s why you’ve got to think about this element!
With this in mind, we’re going to take a look at 19 brilliant and beautiful kitchen backsplash ideas. Here you’ll find plenty of inspiration for a kitchen design of your own, seeing just how important the right backsplash can be for establishing the look and style that you want. Let’s take a look!
Using a different backsplash behind your range and underneath the rest of the counters can be a very visually appealing choice.
Stone Equals Luxury
Those who want to impart their kitchen with a luxury feel will find a lot to love about the quartzite wall tiles that were used here.
Extending the Countertop
To complete the luxury look of this beautiful white kitchen, the white marble countertops are actually extended and used as the kitchen’s backsplash.
While you’ll typically see subway tiles deployed for the backsplashes of contemporary kitchens, they work well with other styles too!
Glass and Stone
For a more visually exciting backsplash, you may wish to consider using a combination of stone and glass tiles.
This kitchen manages to achieve a sense of dimension thanks to the clay greyish-blue tiles that are used for the backsplash.
Rather than using large slabs of marble for the backsplash, this kitchen deploys marble tiles to beautiful and brilliant effect.
Cream to Brown
When you go with a cream color for your countertops, regardless of material, a backsplash that incorporates brown and even black notes can work wonderfully.
Different Tile Patterns
When looking for a contemporary edge for your kitchen design, arranging subway tiles like this could work great for your backsplash.
Thinner Stone and Glass
You’ve got to love the linear look of thinner glass and stone tiles when they’re used for a backsplash, as you’ll see in this gorgeous kitchen.
Dark on Dark Tiles
For a kitchen that has a lusher feel, you can combine darker backsplash tiles with richly stained wood cabinets. Lighting is important for this kind of choice, though.
You can’t deny the subtle charm of this gorgeous white kitchen, which uses aqua marine colored glass tiles for its backsplash.
Grey and White
For a more conservative and restrained look that still has a nice degree of visual excitement, you may consider grey and white tiles like this along with white cabinetry.
Floor Tiles on the Wall
Tiles are tiles! If you find floor tiles that you love and think they could be used to make a beautiful backsplash, then guess what… They can!
The Rustic and the Brick
When you’re creating a kitchen that’s going to feature rustic styling, then brick can be an excellent choice for your backsplash.
Tiles at an Angle
Smaller tiles that are angled (as opposed to straight on with the countertop) can create an interesting visual effect for a kitchen backsplash.
Cream and Irregular Subway Tiles
Check out this kitchen design, it uses subway tiles but not in the typical manner. They’re irregularly sized and cream colored.
The caramel color of the glossy tiles used for this kitchen’s backsplash standout nicely against the white cabinets and black main countertops.
This kitchen’s backsplash combines two different kinds of materials in order to create a visually appealing and luxurious pattern.
White on White
To really get that luxurious look in a kitchen design with your backsplash, consider pairing white with white.
Grey Subway Tile
Alternatively, to add some dimension to such a kitchen, you could go with something like the grey subway tile you see here.
The same kind of principle is at play here, however you’ll note the texture added by the use of brick for the backsplash.
The wood backsplash used as part of this wonderful kitchen’s design really plays up the rustic charm.
Speaking of rustic charm, using something like this – which features a basket weave pattern – could work wonders in such a kitchen.
In a kitchen that’s featuring a contemporary style, a raw stone backsplash like this can add a naturalistic sense to things.
In order to draw attention to different aspects of your kitchen’s design, you can mix up materials and patterns in your backsplash.
Drawing the Eye
You can see this principle at play here; note how it instantly draws your eye toward the sink.
An unconventional but cool choice for a kitchen backsplash can be pressed tin, like you see here.
If you really want to go hyper modern, you can always try doing a solid color backsplash like this.
The use of different materials and patterns creates some interesting shapes for this kitchen’s backsplash.
Note how the backsplash behind the vanity in this bathroom mirrors the marble used for the walk-in shower.
The backsplash in this kitchen is a perfect example of how you can do amazing things by messing around with textures.
Note how the small aqua-marine segment of backsplash behind the stove totally adds some charm to this kitchen design.
Rustic and Constrained
The constrained overall look of this traditional kitchen is given some edge thanks to the stone backsplash.
Mixing Up the Pattern
Even if you don’t switch up the materials, mixing up the pattern of a tile backsplash can really add visual spark.
Light and Dark
If you have dark cabinetry in your kitchen, then you should almost always go with a lightly colored backsplash.
Everything in this wonderful tiled kitchen backsplash ties together wonderfully into something that’s so beautiful.
Under Cabinet Lighting
When you have a textured backsplash, under-cabinet lighting can really make things even nicer.
Find Your Style
The backsplash is very important for setting the look of any kitchen or bathroom, so make sure you choose something that works for the style you’re going for.
Brown and White
Note how the brown and white tiles of this kitchen backsplash perfectly blend the cabinets and the countertop together.
For something that’s really visually striking, you may wish to use unique tiles, as this kitchen backsplash does.
Note how the pattern is changed above the sink in this kitchen backsplash. It really draws the eye.
Particularly if you use under-cabinet lighting, a textured backsplash like this can be truly beautiful.
They don’t just work amazingly in a bathroom; they also make a great material for kitchen backsplashes.
For something that feels both at once luxurious and rustic, you may wish to go with pressed tin for a kitchen backsplash.
By the same token, you could also opt for wainscoting to form the backsplash in a more rustic kitchen design.
Against All White
When you have all-white cabinets in your kitchen, you should strongly consider doing something visually unique with your backsplash.
A Natural Feel
Note how the green and aquamarine of this backsplash help to add a sense of naturalness to this kitchen design.
Speaking of a natural look, check out how beautiful the raw stone backsplash looks in this kitchen.
Simple and Elegant
You just have to appreciate the simplicity and elegance of the backsplash that was created in this kitchen.
Grey is normally thought of as drab, but with the high-gloss you see here, it really works wonders for a kitchen backsplash.
The mosaic tile of this kitchen backsplash really adds some incredible visual spark to this transcendent design.
Sense of Dimension
Check out how the brown subway tile of this kitchen’s backsplash contributes a sense of dimension to the space.
You don’t see it often, but maybe that will change… Especially after more people see how beautiful reclaimed wood backsplashes can be!
The sense of brightness and cheer the blue subway title backsplash imbues this kitchen with is hard to underestimate.
To really add something unique to your kitchen’s backsplash, consider including inlays as this example does.
Green and Green
In home design, green colors are coming into the fore in a big way. Just check out the beauty of this gorgeously green kitchen backsplash.
Just a Bit
The white stone backsplash of this kitchen features a few “odd ones out” that really add spark to the look.
Go Your Own Way
There’s so much you can do with a kitchen backsplash, so really put some thought into it! You can really go your own way, if you wish.
To accent the location of the sink, the long lines of the backsplash behind the sink have been arrange vertically and not horizontally.
Creating an elevated shelf with your backsplash, like you see here, can increase the functionality of your counter space.
If you’re going for a country or a rustic vibe, then you’ll want to get ornate with your backsplash.
Cool It Down
A white or off-white kitchen can be aggressively bright. You can use cooler tones in your backsplash to cool things down.
The dark tiles of this backsplash add a sense of dimension to this kitchen with light wood cabinets.
Make A Statement
If you really want to make a statement with your backsplash, you can create a work of art as this kitchen does.
A checkered pattern like this, which mirrors the colors of the kitchen around it, is perfect for a contemporary style.
Of course, you can take things a step further and make a mosaic picture like this with your backsplash.
The glossy finish of the dark tiles in this kitchen really bring out the charm of the cherry cabinets.
Pairing With Hardware
You’ll want to consider the hardware in your kitchen and how it matches up with the tone and color of your backsplash.
Something that always looks beautiful in a kitchen is a backsplash that’s made from granite tiles.
The dark stone tiles used for this backsplash add a sense of masculine refinement to the space.
By using unique materials in interesting arrangements, you can add a sense of texture to your kitchen’s overall design.
The rough stone fronts of the tiles used for this kitchen backsplash are an example of what we’re talking about.
In this contemporary kitchen, light-green glass tiles are used to add a splash of color to the space.
At An Angle
The angular pattern of this backsplash adds a unique touch to the design of this wonderful kitchen.
Given the antiqued, rustic look of this stunning kitchen design, it only makes sense that wainscoting is used for the backsplash.
One can’t help but love the clear glass tiles that have been used for the backsplash in this kitchen. They add a lovely sense of dimension.
Combined with the light wood of the cabinets, the green tile backsplash in this kitchen creates a vibe that one would love to wake up to in the morning.
You can use different backsplashes for different areas of the kitchen. Look at how wonderfully the copper works for this bar area.
Big and Small
The backsplash in this pristine white kitchen uses large and small tiles to beautiful effect.
White on White
The white tile backsplash in this kitchen matches up with the countertops, allowing the dark cabinets to really pop out.
The angled arrangement of the tiles in this kitchen’s backsplash suggests the angled arrangement of the cabinets surrounding the stove.
The beige subway tiles that are used for this kitchen’s backsplash keep things decidedly conservative and traditional.
The backsplash gives you the opportunity to inflect some serious personality into your kitchen’s design. Don’t miss this opportunity!