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13 Kitchen Backsplash Design Ideas

Originally contributed by • last updated 5/10/2021

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Kitchen backsplash designs change and evolve, but they continue to give the kitchen personality and functionality. If you’re ready for a change, choices abound. You can stay classy with subway tile or get creative with glass or wood.

From materials to colors, we’ve got unique kitchen backsplash design ideas to fuel your creativity and put your kitchen on track to be as beautiful as the food you make in it.


Marble Slab Backsplash

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Large marble tile has been around for a while, but marble slab has traditionally been reserved for countertops. Not anymore. A slab backsplash definitely grabs attention.

Create a seamless look by extending a waterfall marble countertop into the backsplash. That much marble gives the kitchen a luxe look that’s hard to come by any other way. It may not be budget-friendly, but it definitely makes a statement. 


Textured Tile Backsplash

Textured tiles give the kitchen a subtle interest and depth where it otherwise may be lacking. Choose textured tile with a gloss finish, and it’ll be easy to clean, too. 

Texture works well in a kitchen with other smooth, shiny surfaces or a monochromatic color scheme. It breaks patterns without fighting them, adding interest and making you want to run your fingers over the surface. 


Patterned Tile Backsplash

Patterned tiles can steal the show when it comes to adding visual interest. Go rustic or colorful, geometric or natural; patterned tiles tell a story all their own. Patterns also give you a chance to set a tone or theme.

Think of the different feels offered by Mediterranian, geometric, Art Deco, and Arabesque tiles, and imagine what that can do in your kitchen. Patterned tile can even set the tone for the rest of your house and turn your kitchen into a work of art.


Glass Kitchen Backsplash Design

Glass backsplashes make quite the statement. They straddle the line between minimal and modern. Plus, they give you color and pattern choices you otherwise wouldn’t be able to consider.

Custom glass backsplashes can even have a photo for the background, opening the door to artwork, patterns, and designs too intricate for a traditional backsplash.

Keep everything else in the kitchen minimal, or use a glass countertop to bounce light around the room with the backsplash, adding a space-expanding shine. 


Warm Colors

Rune Enstad

Warm red, orange, and yellow undertones are making a comeback in the kitchen, and backsplashes are coming along for the ride.

The colors don’t need to be bright to warm the space. Neutral paints and tiles with the right undertones will warm the kitchen, leaving behind anything that hints at institutional or overly sterile. 


Dark Colors

Don’t shy away from dark colors when searching for kitchen backsplash ideas. A dark, moody kitchen grounds an open floor plan and creates a cozy kitchen space. Of course, you don’t have to go all dark.

A dark backsplash can give light cabinetry extra pop and interest while adding sophistication to stainless steel appliances. Dark tiles in herringbone, chevron, and other intricate patterns create a visual focal point without overpowering the rest of the space. 


Green Backsplash

Lime, hunter, and forest green are springing up in kitchens everywhere. If you want something different that still hints towards classic, opt for jewel tones like emerald or a little deeper with a forest green.

Fun and funky kitchens can get a lift with lime or minty green backsplashes. A green backsplash can be your only touch of color, or use it to blend green cabinetry for a moodier feel.


Striped Backsplash

Christian Mackie

Stripes can elongate an otherwise tall, towering kitchen space. They’re one more way to bring interest to the kitchen without adding artwork and knick-knacks.

Create stripes with a mix of tiles in different shapes and sizes to draw the eye along the line of the wall. You can incorporate other backsplash trends into the stripes by mixing greens, dark colors, or maybe using patterned tile stripes to interrupt classic subway tiles.  


Brick Backsplash

Dmitry Zvolskiy

Brick has a rustic sophistication that’s hard to duplicate. It can lean towards industrial or add a vintage feel to an otherwise modern kitchen. Brick withstands heat, moisture, and heavy use without breaking down, staining, or chipping.

However, if your home doesn’t have brick, you can save a few dollars with a brick veneer. Brick veneer creates a panel made of thin, interlocking bricks. It looks and acts like the real deal without the heavy price tag.


Take It To The Ceiling

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Tile, glass, green, stripes, and any other kitchen backsplash design idea you embrace gets an added dose of drama when it goes all the way to the ceiling. If you’ve got vaulted ceilings, the statement will be that much louder.

You can stick with traditional designs and materials like white subway tiles or classic penny tiles, and extend them to the ceiling.

The tile’s pattern draws the eye upward, offers functional decoration, and gives your kitchen a unique kitchen backsplash design.


Make It Match

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Open your kitchen space by matching the backsplash with the other color, materials, and patterns in the room. It makes the space look bigger, even if it’s pint-sized.

Match floor tiles to the backsplash or extend the countertop colors to the backsplash and up the wall. Use light colors to add an open airiness or dark to bring cozy comfort.  


Wood Backsplash

Wood’s natural warmth feels homey and cozy from the get-go. It's fairly standard for cabinets and countertops, but oddly enough, not as a backsplash.

Reclaimed planks are showing up in kitchen designs, but wood hasn’t reached the popularity of other backsplash materials because it doesn’t handle excess moisture very well. 

However, these days you’ve got lots of choices that look like wood but have the durability for sturdier materials. Ceramic and porcelain tiles with a faux wood design cut into planks provide the same feel without the worry of damaging the backsplash.

The natural glow of wood can soften modern cabinetry or create a wall-to-wall nature experience in a home with stained wood cabinetry. 


Concrete Backsplash

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Popular industrial materials have made their way into kitchen backsplash designs too. Concrete is no longer limited to countertops but comes in planks and tiles, both large and small, that are perfect for backsplashes. Some are real concrete, and others have a concrete-like appearance but are made of ceramic or porcelain. 

Concrete backsplashes mix industrial with natural texture, creating a backsplash that adds the right amount of cool color to a traditional or modern kitchen.

It works especially well if you don’t have a large backsplash area, bringing a unique feel without overwhelming the space.