With thoughtful material choices, the kitchen backsplash can go from a simple, practical element to a show-stopping design moment.
Design by Heidi Caillier Design | Photo by Haris Kenjar
Make a Small-Scale Statement
Stone slab backsplashes are definitely having a moment, but they aren't right for every kitchen, particularly those with a smaller footprint. Get all of the organic movement and nostalgia associated with marble by choosing a full-height marble tile splash instead. Note this designer paired the light marble tile with a dark stone on the perimeter cabinets to introduce a little contrast.
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Design by Landed Interiors | Photo by R. Bradley Knipstein
Be Brave with Color
There's no denying the cheerfulness factor of yellow, but if that shade isn't your cup of tea, choose your own favorite! When paired with understated cabinetry and upscale finishes, a playful, colorful backsplash brings a sophisticated note of whimsy to what could be an overly serious kitchen.
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Design by W Design Collective | Photo by Lucy Call
Even a basic material -- such as ubiquitous white subway tile -- makes a bold statement when used en masse. Take the backsplash up to the ceiling and around the room to give your kitchen all the French cafe vibes. Not to mention, every inch of it will be easily wipeable, making it a low-maintenance choice for a busy home.
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Design by Jean Stoffer Design | Photo by Stoffer Photography
Black All Over
It seems counterintuitive, but in a small, dark room, the best course of action may be to lean into the darkness rather than paint it white, which can read dull without natural light. We love the all-over inky black scheme of this secondary kitchen, where the reflective tile bounces just the right amount of light. Paired with a graphic floor tile, the room is extra moody and chic.
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Design by Unique Kitchens and Baths | Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Try Pattern on for Size
For an exciting dose of pattern and color, choose a decorative tile and paint cabinetry to match. To keep such a bold stroke from overwhelming your kitchen, try limiting it to one wall, such as this kitchen's stove niche. The cabinets around the range are painted a shade pulled from the tile while the others are kept a more neutral color. Understated lighting, white walls, and plenty of natural light means the bold tile is the focal point.
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Design by Blanc Marine Living | Photo by Photographie Intérieure CO
Consider Historic Material
The texture and warmth of brick is hard to deny, and both of which are welcome additions to any kitchen design. Here, the brick offers a perfect counterpoint to the smooth marble counters and backsplash and the dark cabinets, creating a space that has historic permanence with a side of romantic elegance.
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