When the kitchen's visible from the living room, the backsplash can't be ho-hum. Sara Gilbane chose 's Moroccan tiles to fill the space between the cerused-oak cabinetry in a Florida home.
A posh take on subway tiles, Pratt & Larson crackled ceramic tiles are glazed a pale blue in this streamlined cooking space. A nearby wall in Benjamin Moore's Nelson Blue echoes the shade.
In a Hudson Valley home, white cabinetry sets off a kitchen backsplash in Mosaic House's Batha Moroccan tile. The brass cabinet hardware harmonizes with details on the La Cornue range.
Loom glass tiles in Silver Silk from AKDO brighten our 2016 kitchen of the year. The subtle sheen only adds to Matthew Quinn's dazzling decor.
"Often, we'll carry the countertop stone up onto the wall, but I felt like this hand-glazed terra-cotta tile from Mosaic House added a great organic quality," says designer Robert Stilin. To combat the inevitable "oil-splatter scrub down" behind a TriBeCa loft's range, he chose a stainless steel backsplash from Wolf like those used in restaurant kitchens.
Caitlin Wilson wanted to lighten this New Jersey kitchen, but the predominantly white palette needed a little extra texture. The movement in Calacatta Gold marble subway tile creates a dynamic backdrop, while herringbone floors literally ground the space.
Megan Rice Yager warmed up this cabin-style kitchen with walls in reclaimed wood. Of course the pewter outdoor lanterns don't hurt, either.
Frank Roop updated a coastal cottage with shipshape windows set in Ann Sacks's Jute glass tile. "These portholes are the real thing — authentic, not gimmicky," he says. "We bought them from a marine supplier, and they actually open."
The Manhattan version of a farmhouse kitchen features white-tiled walls with gray grout. White cabinetry and a milk-glass chandelier add to the sun-drenched feeling.
In our 2016 kitchen of the year, designer Matthew Quinn covered the wet bar's wall in gold-striped Calacatta marble tiles by AKDO. For extra oomph, he arranged them in a sunburst pattern around the window.
Designer Michael Maher, who worked on this bright red butler's pantry, introduced visual interest with Elizabeth Dow's Chanel Indigo wallpaper. Coated with Teflon, the geometric-print linen wipes clean.
Inspired by the blue-gray veining on the countertops, designer Matthew Quinn chose matching subway tile for the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. The dark color of Pratt & Larson's Rustic tile sets off the hood, and its large scale — 6 by 10 inches — suits the large space. Instead of merely doing a backsplash, Quinn ran the tile up to the ceiling. "It feels more like a French bistro this way," he says.
Warm colors reign supreme in this cozy, old-world kitchen. Designer Sandra Bird laid Ann Sacks' Gothic tiles in a harlequin pattern above the bar for a playful touch. With five different shades (Sorrell, Otter, Champagne, Cream, and Willow), the same colors never touch.
A coordinating mosaic (handmade Idris tile from Ann Sacks) picks up the soft blues of the island in an inviting Dallas kitchen.
"Guess what? It's not brick," says designer Ken Fulk of the accent wall in a New Orleans kitchen. "It's this wonderful rough-hewn terracotta tile, and we used it all across the wall and up to the ceiling, so it has more impact than the typical backsplash."
Mirrored tiles maximize light in this Manhattan loft,which jazzes up the painted bamboo bar for glitzy entertaining.
A liberal dose of spicy orange is what makes this California kitchen really special. Designer Melanie Coddington says it all started with the backsplash: Contessa Pagoda tile from Walker Zanger.
Sandwiched between glass, a piece of Lee Jofa's Lauretta fabric becomes a delightful accent in an English country-style kitchen.
In a Birmingham apartment, an entire wall is clad in Calacatta Gold marble tiles from Kenny & Company and laid in a chevron pattern for extra drama.
Designer Frank Roop alluded to the setting of a Nantucket kitchen with a backsplash reminiscent of the ocean. The variegated handmade glass tiles, Erin Adams through Ann Sacks, steal the show.
A little shine — and a few twists on tradition — inject simplistic style in a New York kitchen by Louise Brooks. The backsplash is made with Ann Sacks' Inca tiles in Brushed Aluminum.
"I wanted it to feel as if you had taken an old kitchen and brought it up to speed," designer Christopher Peacock says of the 2013 Kitchen of the Year. Beadboard, painted in Calcium Wall Emulsion Paint from Christopher Peacock Paint, compliments the open shelving.
Dark countertops set off the cheery red and white tiles from Craftsman Court Ceramics in an Arizona kitchen.
Nick Olsen broke all the rules when decorating this tiny studio apartment. The kitchen corner gets a helping of charm with a painted plaid backsplash and matching grosgrain ribbon trim.
Handpainted Talavera tiles from Mission Tile West brighten the kitchen in a 1920s Santa Monica home.
"In a room this big, with east and west exposures, all this gray is grounding," says designer Joe Lucas of this Southern California bachelor pad. The wall is covered with acid-washed Seagrass limestone from Classic Tile.
Designer Angie Hranowsky likes to cover as much wall as the budget allows. The splurge led to a gray Indianapolis kitchen that's serene but not subdued. "It's longer and more narrow than subway tile," says Hranowsky of Waterworks' Grove Brickworks field tile. "And I love the pitted, handmade texture."