25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation

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An interesting backsplash can take your kitchen from average to extraordinary.

From eye-catching tilework to impressive slabs of marble, this collection of some of our favorite kitchen backsplashes will help inspire your next remodel.


In the kitchen, copper-colored stainless steel tiles from TileBar create a glowing backsplash. The cabinetry is by IKEA, the countertop is Caesarstone, and the induction cooktop is by Bosch.

In the kitchen, copper-colored stainless steel tiles from TileBar create a glowing backsplash. The cabinetry is by IKEA, the countertop is Caesarstone, and the induction cooktop is by Bosch.

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The stools are from Crate & Barrel. The Hobsons chose a geometric-patterned glass tile backsplash by Island Stone. Induction cooktop and oven are by Bosch.

The stools are from Crate & Barrel. The Hobsons chose a geometric-patterned glass tile backsplash by Island Stone. Induction cooktop and oven are by Bosch.

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In total, the renovation was completed for around $35,000.

In total, the renovation was completed for around $35,000.

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The showstopping material elements are the Borghini honed marble countertop and backsplash by Ann Sacks. Hasami porcelain vessels line the open shelving.

The showstopping material elements are the Borghini honed marble countertop and backsplash by Ann Sacks. Hasami porcelain vessels line the open shelving.

In the bathroom, a custom ceramic backsplash designed by Meredith and Sample joins an iroko-wood tub created by their students a the University of Toronto.

In the bathroom, a custom ceramic backsplash designed by Meredith and Sample joins an iroko-wood tub created by their students a the University of Toronto.

Sasha samples berries at the island while Wes, perched on the counter next to Deborah, clutches the whipped cream—similar in color to the backsplash, made of traditional Moroccan tiles and available through Emory & Cie.

Sasha samples berries at the island while Wes, perched on the counter next to Deborah, clutches the whipped cream—similar in color to the backsplash, made of traditional Moroccan tiles and available through Emory & Cie.

Backsplash from Porcelain and More

Backsplash from Porcelain and More

Butler's pantry with herringbone backsplash

Butler's pantry with herringbone backsplash

Heath Ceramics hex tile backsplash and counter with copper edge

Heath Ceramics hex tile backsplash and counter with copper edge

We had the stone counter and backsplash  cut from the same slab of Vermont marble, achieving a continuous graphic pattern.

We had the stone counter and backsplash cut from the same slab of Vermont marble, achieving a continuous graphic pattern.

The metal backsplash and drawer pulls were fabricated by 12th Avenue Iron; the cooktop is by Miele.

The metal backsplash and drawer pulls were fabricated by 12th Avenue Iron; the cooktop is by Miele.

In this California home, a red mosaic tiled backsplash balances the lower white marble counter.

In this California home, a red mosaic tiled backsplash balances the lower white marble counter.

Rendered in sharp blue, the timeless motif of Greek Key is used as this kitchen's backsplash.

Rendered in sharp blue, the timeless motif of Greek Key is used as this kitchen's backsplash.

Kitchen Sink with J Schatz Platinum Formations Tile Backsplash and Brutal Coffeemaker

Kitchen Sink with J Schatz Platinum Formations Tile Backsplash and Brutal Coffeemaker

The pendants over the kitchen island are from Cisco Home; the bar chairs are by Studio One for Lost & Found. The patterned concrete tile floor is from Mission Tile West, as is the mirrored backsplash (above), which was originally meant for the living room fireplace. "I think we over-ordered," Lena recalls. "So I said, ‘Let’s do a disco backsplash.’ It just needs to make you smile, and I think it does."

The pendants over the kitchen island are from Cisco Home; the bar chairs are by Studio One for Lost & Found. The patterned concrete tile floor is from Mission Tile West, as is the mirrored backsplash (above), which was originally meant for the living room fireplace. "I think we over-ordered," Lena recalls. "So I said, ‘Let’s do a disco backsplash.’ It just needs to make you smile, and I think it does."

Fresh white kitchen with warm wood wrapped island, black cabinet pulls and Dwell patterns Heath tile backsplash .

Fresh white kitchen with warm wood wrapped island, black cabinet pulls and Dwell patterns Heath tile backsplash .

A backsplash laid out in a herringbone pattern adds a subtle layer of texture while pendant lighting adds depth.

A backsplash laid out in a herringbone pattern adds a subtle layer of texture while pendant lighting adds depth.

Fireclay Tile in a classic subway pattern goes beyond the standard 18" H backsplash raising the ceiling visually.

Fireclay Tile in a classic subway pattern goes beyond the standard 18" H backsplash raising the ceiling visually.

Detail of natural stone backsplash by Decorative Materials Inc. High gloss white cabinets by Vogo.

Detail of natural stone backsplash by Decorative Materials Inc. High gloss white cabinets by Vogo.

To complement the white-washed custom cabinetry in her kitchen, architect Julie Salles Schaffer has designed a tile backsplash to resemble "melting butter in a white pan". Daltile arranged her two-color AutoCAD design—white and off-white—onto a mesh backing for a small fee. To soften the edges of the cabinets’ drawers and doors, Schaffer requested radial edging.<br>

To complement the white-washed custom cabinetry in her kitchen, architect Julie Salles Schaffer has designed a tile backsplash to resemble "melting butter in a white pan". Daltile arranged her two-color AutoCAD design—white and off-white—onto a mesh backing for a small fee. To soften the edges of the cabinets’ drawers and doors, Schaffer requested radial edging.

Hand-made Moroccan tile backsplash by Mosaic House with contrasting niche; custom kitchen cabinets designed by MIRIAM BIOLEK Interior Design with Bendheim's mouth-blown glass inserts.

Hand-made Moroccan tile backsplash by Mosaic House with contrasting niche; custom kitchen cabinets designed by MIRIAM BIOLEK Interior Design with Bendheim's mouth-blown glass inserts.

In this urban townhouse, a Zodiaq® London Sky countertop wraps the wall behind it to become the backsplash, providing a polished backdrop for design details and vignettes. Its muted color complements dark wood cabinets and rich, metallic accents.

In this urban townhouse, a Zodiaq® London Sky countertop wraps the wall behind it to become the backsplash, providing a polished backdrop for design details and vignettes. Its muted color complements dark wood cabinets and rich, metallic accents.

The Ferry Building shop displays seasonal goods as well as items from some of Heath’s most popular collections. The top shelf here features serve bowls, platters, modern cups, bud vases, and a pitcher from this year’s Summer line in aqua/zest and ocean pacific. Heath worked with chef Alice Waters and designer Christina Kim to create the Chez Panisse line, named after the famed Berkeley restaurant, which is seen here on the second shelf: side bowls, mugs, and café bowls in Jicama, Cardoon, and Forrest. The backsplash is Heath dual glaze tile.

The Ferry Building shop displays seasonal goods as well as items from some of Heath’s most popular collections. The top shelf here features serve bowls, platters, modern cups, bud vases, and a pitcher from this year’s Summer line in aqua/zest and ocean pacific. Heath worked with chef Alice Waters and designer Christina Kim to create the Chez Panisse line, named after the famed Berkeley restaurant, which is seen here on the second shelf: side bowls, mugs, and café bowls in Jicama, Cardoon, and Forrest. The backsplash is Heath dual glaze tile.

Owners Kirsten and Lloyd chose a muted mosaic tile from Modwalls to cover the backsplash and back wall of the kitchen. New cork floors from House + Earth give a nice feel underfoot. Perforated chrome lights from Rejuvenation under the bar soffit enhance the mid-century vibe.

Owners Kirsten and Lloyd chose a muted mosaic tile from Modwalls to cover the backsplash and back wall of the kitchen. New cork floors from House + Earth give a nice feel underfoot. Perforated chrome lights from Rejuvenation under the bar soffit enhance the mid-century vibe.


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