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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.

Photo credits:
1. Jute Home
2. Walker Zanger Sonja mosaic tile via, designed by Alecia Stevens
3. The Decorista
4. Kristen Ellis Design
5. Anne Sacks Polly tile via Decor Pad


Wendy Jacob

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