A lot goes into making a kitchen, but the backsplash usually has a way of standing out. It plays a large part in what the kitchen eventually looks like. So here are some fabulous backsplash ideas that you can use to make it the statement piece of your kitchen.
Kitchen Backsplash Ideas:
There are so many materials you can use for your kitchen backsplash. The most obvious and commonly used one being tiles.
(1) Plain tiles:
Depending on the style and design you’re aiming towards, even the simplest of tiles can look beautiful. These white subway tiles in the all white kitchen look simple and elegant.
(2) Place them in a pattern:
You can take these same tiles and make some kind of pattern or design with them. Here the rectangular tiles are placed in a herringbone pattern for an all new look.
(3) Colour the grout:
Now take the same plain tiles, and use coloured grout between them instead of white. The black grout between these tiles makes the herringbone stand out and makes a bolder pattern.
(4) Add another colour to the white tile:
A light grey tile added to the whites makes a gorgeous chevron pattern in this backsplash.
(5) Use coloured tiles:
The sky is the limit when it comes to colour choices in tiles. You can use a single colour, or mix and match to suit your colour scheme. Again, you don’t just have to line up the tiles in a straight line. The green tiles used here are beautiful, but placing them in a chevron pattern makes them spectacular.
(6) Use tiles of different shapes:
You don’t have to stick to the regular rectangular of square tiles. Use differently shaped tiles for a different look. These tiles seen below make a statement more for their shape than just their colour. I love the way the end of this backsplash has been left uneven, instead of cutting the hexagons and ending it in a straight line.
These diamond shaped tiles have been placed to form little hexagons. In both these backsplashes, the grout between the tiles has been left white instead of matching it with the tiles. This further highlights the shape of the tiles.
These Moroccan inspired tiles are simply gorgeous. You don’t need much else to make this kitchen spectacular.
(7) Use tiles with bold patterns:
This works especially well when you are using counters and cabinets which are subtle or neutral. Use a bold printed pattern on the tiles to make the backsplash stand out. This could be in 1 or 2 colours.
Or a bold muticoloured pattern.
Using mosaics is another great backsplash idea. Many readily available patterns are available in the market. You can go for a subtle all white pattern like this one.
To a glamorous mother-of-pearl finish like this.
Or a statement piece of art like this one. From subtle to flashy, you’ll find a mosaic to fit your need.
(9) Metallic tiles:
Whether its a silvery steel finish…
Or a copper red, metallic tiles always dazzle!
(10) Wooden finish:
A wooden finish backsplash can be done in more than one way, without really using wood. We all worry about the care and maintenance of wood in a kitchen, especially the backsplash. We want a surface that’s easy to wipe down and clean and does not absorb water and stains. These days you get beautiful ceramic tiles that resemble wood. You can easily use them in a backsplash to give you the authentic wooden look without any of the trouble wood causes.
You can also use laminate flooring boards on the wall to make a great backsplash. And ofcourse, the regular laminate that you use on your kitchen cabinets.
(11) Natural stones:
The best part about using natural stones is, well, their natural finish. When you use a slab of marble like this one, you know that no other piece, anywhere, is going to have this exact same design.
Stone has a great texture which goes very well with a rustic, more earthy look.
And there are various colours and shades available to go with your colour scheme.
These pebbles give a unique look to this backsplash. And while I may not use this all over the kitchen, it looks great as a highlight in a particular area.
Brick backsplashes again look great because of the natural texture and colour variations of the bricks.
They are great for a rustic or farmhouse look.
A back-painted glass backsplash is great for more than 1 reason. It is great to maintain because you can do large areas without any joints. The single piece of glass is very easy to wipe down and keep clean.
You can paint them in pretty much any colour to go with your design. From the sophisticated gray above to this bright, happy pink below.. literally ANY colour will do!
You can also choose to have a pattern painted on the back, making them very easy to design with.
Fabric? For a backsplash? Absolutely! While we’re talking about using glass, why not sandwich your favourite fabric into it and use it for a backsplash? Again, the variety you can have in terms of design, colours and patterns is endless, and very exciting! You can use a bright print to liven up your kitchen.
Or a more subtle pattern to just add some colour. Either way it looks great.
This is one of my favourite, and I think extremely underused kitchen backsplash ideas.
Mirrors again look great and are easy to maintain. A single plain mirror adds depth, space and light to the kitchen.
I think the antique mirror look is great too, especially for larger walls and niches.
Or a mirror mosaic to add more interest.
These beveled mirror tiles look super glamorous.
Steel is another easy to maintain material. A plain steel sheet is great for an industrial look.
While steel tiles add shine and glitz to the kitchen.
Another of the backsplash ideas I really love is the chalkboard. From putting the week’s menu to your to-do list to your quote of the day, it truly helps to make the kitchen yours.
It will keep kids busy without doing any permanent damage. And you can ‘redecorate’ your kitchen and give it a new look whenever you want!
So that rounds up my list of 17 fabulous backsplash ideas. There are endless possibilities with these ideas. You will also find great kitchen colour ideas in this post. So go ahead and make your dream kitchen!
Until next time,