51 Insanely Chic Kitchen Backsplashes

Most colorful kitchen ever!

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Playing around with color is daunting, but that's why a backsplash is perfect. It can create a subtle pop in a neutral kitchen, or add to an already bold room with very little work on your part. It doesn't matter if your dream kitchen is rustic and cozy, or modern and sleek, these tile design ideas have you covered.

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jon de la cruz kitchen of the year kitchen island
Jonny Valiant
Glossy Black

Upcycled bricks get a new life as a glazed backsplash in our 10th annual CQ Kitchen of the Year. The dark hue is an homage to one of cooking's central ingredients: black pepper.

Black Tile, $9, wayfair.com

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Courtesy of Style Me Pretty
Moorish Tile

Just when you thought you'd seen everything a blue and white kitchen could do, we gave you Moorish tile.

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Courtesy of Simo Design
Herringbone

Is herringbone the new subway tile? You decide.

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Courtesy of Scout Design Co.
Moroccan Tile

We weren't even planning a kitchen reno, but we are now. This backsplash is confined to the area just above the range, making it feel almost like a piece of art.

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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt
Marble

Marble can be as fancy or as industrial-cool as you want it to be, based on the materials you pair with it.

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Courtesy of Lark & Linen
Mosaic

Even a neutral backsplash can be eye-catching when you use tiny mosaic tiles—particularly as light bounces off them.

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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt for Emily Henderson Designs
Glazed Tile

Want to add instant sheen your kitchen? Go glazed.

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sara gilbane blue florida kitchen
Paul Costello
Palm Beach Style

When the kitchen's visible from the living room, the backsplash can't be basic. Moroccan tiles add color to oak cabinetry.

Blue Subway Tile, $8, wayfair.com

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lulu powers outdoor kitchen
David Tsay
Outdoor

Don't forget about your outdoor spaces! Blue patterned tiles create contrast with lacquer-treated copper countertops on this outdoor bar.

Blue Mosaic Tile, $13, wayfair.com

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Pernille Loof
Crackled Ceramic

A sophisticated take on subway tiles, these crackled ceramic ones are glazed a pale blue, livening up this streamlined cooking space. It's just the glam touch to really make that black and gold hood shine.

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The brass cabinet hardware harmonizes with details on the La Cornue range.
Trevor Tondro
Blue and Brass

White cabinetry contrasts a bold blue kitchen backsplash. (But also, check out how the brass cabinet drawer pulls complement the knobs on the La Cornue range perfectly.)

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kitchen of the year banquette
Trevor Tondro
Silver Silk

Loom glass tiles brighten CQ's 2016 kitchen of the year. The subtle sheen adds to the glam decor.

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Joshua McHugh
Professional Grade

To combat the inevitable oil splatter, choose a stainless steel backsplash, like those used in restaurant kitchens.

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Annie Schlechter
Gold Marble

If you want an all-white kitchen, play with texture so it doesn't look too basic. The movement in Calacatta Gold marble subway tile creates a dynamic backdrop.

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Luca Trovato
Reclaimed Wood

Warm up a cabin-style kitchen with walls in reclaimed wood. Extend them to your backsplash and it's full-on rustic charm.

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James Merrell
Nautical Accents

This updated coastal cottage has shipshape windows set in glass tile. Not your average kitchen backsplash.

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celerie kemble white kitchen
Christopher Sturman
Dark Grout

The city version of a farmhouse kitchen features white-tiled walls with gray grout. White cabinetry and a milk-glass chandelier add to that sun-drenched feeling.

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Trevor Tondro
Sunburst Pattern

Gold-striped Calacatta marble tiles make a wet bar totally swanky and sophisticated. For extra oomph, they're arranged in a sunburst pattern around the window.

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Pernille Loof
Teflon Coating

Think beyond tiles — wallpaper your backsplash instead! Coated with Teflon, this geometric-print linen wipes clean.

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matthew quinn kips bay
Joshua McHugh
Ceiling Height

Instead of merely doing a backsplash, run tile up to the ceiling. It makes more of an impact that way.

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Photo by James Carriere
Harlequin

Warm colors are perfect in a cozy, old-world kitchen. With five different shades in this harlequin pattern, the same colors never touch.

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Stephen Karlisch
Stony Gray

Coordinate your backsplash to the colors in your kitchen island. If you don't want it to look too matchy-matchy, vary the tones slightly.

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Douglas Friedman
Faux Finish

Guess what? It's not actually brick. This rough-hewn terracotta tile could have fooled us, though.

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Johnny Valiant
Disco Ball

Mirrored tiles maximize light. If your kitchen doesn't have many windows, this trick will save you. Just like that, your kitchen is gleaming.

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la cornue chateau range
David Duncan Livingston
Burnt Orange

Don't be afraid to play with color. Burnt orange can actually look warm and inviting in a kitchen.

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lee jofa lauretta fabric backsplash
Annie Schlechter
Floral Fabric

If you want the ultimate English country-style kitchen, you need a floral backsplash. Keep the rest of the kitchen neutral, so it doesn't look too teddy-bear-tea-party cutesy.

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hannon davis kitchen
Miki Duisterhof
Gray Chevron

Your favorite rug pattern looks killer on a backsplash. I'm obsessed with this marble chevron.

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white and blue kitchen
Francesco Lagnese
Nautical

If you live by the coast, you need a blue backsplash. Keep cabinets white for the quintessential coastal color combo.

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custom kitchen hood
Julian Wass
Metallic Finish

Don't underestimate the wow factor of adding a little subtle shine to your kitchen to complement those stainless steel appliances. This backsplash is made with tiles in Brushed Aluminum.

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silver stove range in kitchen
James Carriere
Vintage Tile

Beveled tile laid in a stacked bond provides a clean backdrop for a 1905 kitchen's custom range. Even though it's modern, it feels like stepping back into another era.

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