kitchen backsplash ideas

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Transform your kitchen with one of these stylish backsplash ideas.

Think Green

Exercise your earth-friendly mindset while expressing great style with a backsplash of recycled glass tiles. In this kitchen, the matte recycled glass tiles inspired the color scheme of warm grays, creams, and brown, which also repeat in the recycled glass countertop.

Hardworking Wall

When you want a clean, contemporary look in the kitchen, keep the backsplash treatment simple. A single sheet of glass, painted on the back, lends color and easy-clean protection behind this range. The glass extends from the countertop to the ceiling as a simple, shining backdrop for the sculptural hood.

Contemporary Combination

Flat-front cabinets set the stage for modern touches throughout the kitchen. Black and gray glass tiles run horizontally along the back wall and the thinness of the tiles makes this kitchen feel energetic and fresh.

Translucent Tile

The right backsplash tile can introduce another design dimension to your kitchen. Slender glass tiles in creamy hues and stone tiles in coppery shades make this kitchen glow with their translucent beauty. A neutral color palette such as this one can warm up a sleek, contemporary space. The trendy, narrow tiles maintain a modern vibe.

Past Perfected

Layering a shapely piece of marble over tongue-and-groove siding creates a layered look for this backsplash that honors the 1897 Victorian home that once stood on this lot. The owner wanted to restore a feeling of the historic home, but in a simpler form. The distinctive design for the marble piece, combined with the wood paneled backdrop, adds dimension to the wall.

Rustic Appeal

Clad from counter to ceiling with durable chocolate-brown porcelain tiles, this backsplash harmonizes with the creamy-hue onyx and oak-veneer cabinetry in the kitchen. To impart the look of natural stone, the backsplash was edged with dark-gray grout.

Classic Cottage

White beaded board covers the backsplash, but stops short of the ceiling, allowing a rich shade of taupe paint to warm up the mostly-white room.  The classic backsplash choice is the perfect addition to a cozy cottage kitchen.


Separate and Synchronized

Distinctive zones for food prep, cooking, and cleanup keepkitchen efficiency humming, but the look should be cohesive from zone-to-zone. Selecting one backsplash treatment promotes continuity while some tile colors echo elementsthroughout the kitchen to visually link materials and components.

Enhance Spaciousness

Choosing one color (no pattern or texture) and clean-lined tile for the backsplash in a small kitchen keeps the look uncluttered and roomy. On this backsplash, long rectangular tiles feature rich brown (almost black) color that provides warm balance with white cabinetry, while giving the walls a sense of depth. The reflective surface of the tile also lends added dimension to the backsplashes.

Classic Subway Tile

Classic good looks and a casual vibe are central to thiskitchen. In a sea of carefree white, subway tiles with dark grout lines bear a subtle “look-at-me” texture. The dark grout lines also serve a practical purpose: Grout can often stain, but dark grout is more forgiving.

Rich Addition

The veining in the granite inspired the rich brown accents in this creamy-white kitchen. Shimmering shades of cocoa, chocolate, and coffee-color tiles cover the backsplash and coordinate with the oil-rubbed bronze cabinet hardware to create a luxurious traditional kitchen.

Solution to Steel

A seamless look is key when a kitchen opens to the living room. For this contemporary loft kitchen, the contrast of dark and light surfaces enhances the unfussy, contemporary vibe of the space. Sleek flat-front cabinets combine with chunky marble countertops and simple stainless-steel backsplashes to play up the linear symmetry of the room.

Beach Cottage Colors

The white cottage-style cabinetry in this beach house benefits from sea glass colors of turquoise and green in the backsplash and accents. Taupe-color walls serve as a serene backdrop for the dramatic blue island. White cabinetry on the back wall of the galley kitchen offers a bit of calm for the eyes, while the turquoise-painted island adds energy.

Distraction-Free Zone

Fewer details keep a kitchen feeling calm and clutter-free, but the modern look doesn’t have to be cold. This kitchen combines cloudy gray granite counters, glass backsplashes, and hardware so slim it barely registers. Mingle theseelements with large expanses of riftsawn oak cabinetry for a warm result.

Family Friendly

A practical backsplash can be pretty, too. It’s difficult to discern that this kitchen was designed with five children in mind. Elegant cherry cabinets and sleek surfaces lend a stylish, contemporary appearance. Yet it all wipes clean easily, including the countertop-to-ceiling backsplash of recycled glass tiles, chosen to evoke of a sense of shimmering water to complement the playful porthole window. The reflective backsplash tile changes color throughout the day, giving the room further dimension.