There was a time when adding colour and pattern to a backsplash meant traditional Delft-blue or Mediterranean-style ceramic tiles that didn't exactly suit contemporary spaces. While white subway tiles aren't going away anytime soon, colourful, graphic tiles are increasingly being used to make a strong visual statement. It's like hanging a piece of art behind your faucet — except it can withstand splatters.
The backsplash in this California home by Jute Interiors resembles Missoni's iconic zigzags.
A modern floral mosaic sets off the French stove and lets the gold wall-mount pot filler shine.
For the very neat, mirror tiles are the ultimate in sexy sophistication. Extending the tiles to the uppers or ceiling lends an ultra-luxe look.
A feminine design suits vintage-style Jadeite green cabinets, warm metal pulls and marble counters.
Unexpected in the kitchen, milky glass tiles add subtle pattern behind a cooktop.
See our Dramatic Tiled Interiors photo gallery for more inspiration.