Sure, you can use standard-issue white subway tile on your next project, and it’ll look fantastic but what’s the fun in that? Go bold with a statement backsplash made of an intricate, multi-colored mosaic. Or maybe a leaf-shaped ceramic in spring-fresh green is more your thing. Tiles that stray from white are endlessly exciting, as these kitchen backsplashes prove. Click through to see for yourself!
A subtle pattern in the blue backsplash animates the scene in this stunning kitchen by California-based Nicole Davis Interiors. Woven bar chairs and a beamed wood ceiling achieve a cozy, inviting feel and temper the slick, white elements.
Like a raft of leaves floating on a river, Fireclay Tile’s soft green tile is a captivating choice here. Shaker cabinets and a simple vent hood artfully frame the scene.
Photographer: Chase Daniels
Sunny yellow brightens the mood and adds captivating texture in this kitchen. Installing a similarly bold backsplash? Keep the supporting characters calm — the countertops, cabinetry and hood vent — to let the exquisite tile enjoy the spotlight.
Icy blue subway tile is a fetching counterpoint to white cabinetry (and gives hardworking white subway tile a break) in this traditional kitchen. Red knobs on the Wolf stove are a bonus that offer an eye-catching flourish.
Can we move in and call it a day? This smashing combo by Atlanta, Georgia-based TerraCotta Design Build showcases the power of a well-placed tile installation. It looks like an exotic rug unfurled behind the stove. Suspended flanking lights are a well-played detail.
Photographer: Jeff Herr Photography
Reminiscent of houndstooth, this beautiful backsplash picks up the black in the island, the pendants and the stools for a cohesive composition that feels utterly original and elegant.
Michigan-based Jean Stoffer Design created a showstopper kitchen using glamorous brass details and gorgeous patterned tile. Buttery leather stools and and a richly hued runner soften the space.
A grid of riveting tile sets a nostalgic tone in this vignette. Chunky wood shelves feel fittingly old world. The yellow cake stand and lemons are cheery choices to uplift the black and white palette.
Designers Leslie Wall and Virginia Pham of The Summerlin Home turned to one of Kelly Wearstler’s charismatic Liaison tile patterns and the outcome is gorgeous to the max. A dark island and leather stools bring added luxury.
Products: Mosaic backsplash: Doheny Small in Ebony Blend
Hawaii-based photographer and blogger Elana Jadallah invokes the islands’ aqua blue oceans with her latest kitchen remodel. Shelves, instead of upper cabinetry, mean more wall space for the colorful hexagon pattern—and more fun to up her shelfie game!
Photographer: Elana Jadallah
Products: Fireclay Tile's aqua blue hexagon
Casual, colorful and chock-a-block with cookbooks, this kitchen features tiles from splashback specialists (as the Australians call backsplashes) Jatana Interiors. The mix of tile hues feel friendly, in a make-all-the-mess-you-want way.
Elegantly slim countertops and white cabinetry are a smart neutral canvas for the pattern in this kitchen by Brisbane, Australia-based Anna Spiro Design. As pretty as a summer dress, the pastel backsplash quietly animates; swirled-print rattan stools are playful picks.
This cohesive open-plan kitchen designed by Saskatoon’s Haven Builders features a sultry black backsplash (and a black sink!) comprised of glossy chevron-shaped tiles from Ceramstone. To link the spaces, tiles on the fireplace surround have a similarly luxurious feel.
Carlo Colacci and his wife Laura’s
eclectic Toronto home is filled with interesting vintage finds, so it’s no surprise their kitchen backsplash boasts a cool design.
Photographer: Michael Graydon
Source: House & Home February 2015
If super colorful isn’t for you, take a page from Toronto’s Jodie Rosen and choose a backsplash with variations of grey, black and white. The result? Spunky and spectacular.
A hefty industrial hood vent and serious cooks’ stove are supporting characters to the bold, black subway tile in this standout kitchen designed by Barrington, Illinois-designer Kate Marker.
An eye-catching backsplash is at the center of this beautiful kitchen by California’s Disc Interiors. Light-colored industrial pendants have lots of swagger and really stand out against all that black. This kitchen is a conversation starter!
A sunburst of encaustic tiles from the Cement Tile Shop stipple along the wall of this kitchen from Phoenix, Arizona’s Mondragon Design + Build. A statement backsplash like this is a great way to bring panache to a kitchen.
This kitchen may not be indoors, but it would look fabulous there, too. Cooked up by print and textile designer Charlotte Osterman, the space is all about the dazzling outdoor backsplash made up of a custom hex tile from the Cement Tile Shop.
Eschew upper cabinetry and go bright and beautiful, instead. Here, each tile’s elegantly fanned silhouette interlocks to create a captivating ripple effect across the backsplash.
Photographer: Kerri Fukui
Source: Fireclay Tile's Ogee Drop Lagoon tile