50+ Impossibly Chic Kitchen Backsplashes
Cooking has never looked so colorful.
Whether your dream kitchen is rustic and cozy or modern and sleek, these tile design ideas have you covered.
Upcycled bricks from Fireclay Tile get a new life as a glazed backsplash in our 10th annual House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year. San Francisco designer Jon de la Cruz went with the dark hue as an homage to one of cooking’s central ingredients: black pepper.
When the kitchen’s visible from the living room, the backsplash can’t be ho-hum. Sara Gilbane chose Ann Sacks’s Moroccan tiles to fill the space between the cerused-oak cabinetry in a Florida home.
Don’t forget about your outdoor spaces. Chelsea Blues tiles from Mosaic House grace Lulu Powers’s backyard bar, creating contrast with the lacquer-treated copper countertops.
A posh take on subway tiles, Pratt Larson crackled ceramic tiles are glazed a pale blue in this streamlined cooking space . A nearby wall in Benjamin Moore’s Nelson Blue echoes the shade.
In a Hudson Valley home, white cabinetry sets off a kitchen backsplash in Mosaic House’s Batha Moroccan tile. The brass cabinet hardware harmonizes with details on the La Cornue range.
Loom glass tiles in Silver Silk from AKDO brighten our 2016 kitchen of the year. The subtle sheen only adds to Matthew Quinn’s dazzling decor.
“Often, we’ll carry the countertop stone up onto the wall, but I felt like this hand-glazed terra-cotta tile from Mosaic House added a great organic quality,” says designer Robert Stilin . To combat the inevitable “oil-splatter scrub down” behind a TriBeCa loft’s range, he chose a stainless steel backsplash from Wolf like those used in restaurant kitchens.
Caitlin Wilson wanted to lighten this New Jersey kitchen, but the predominantly white palette needed a little extra texture. The movement in Calacatta Gold marble subway tile creates a dynamic backdrop, while herringbone floors literally ground the space.
Megan Rice Yager warmed up this cabin-style kitchen with walls in reclaimed wood. Of course the pewter outdoor lanterns don’t hurt, either.
Frank Roop updated a coastal cottage with shipshape windows set in Ann Sacks’s Jute glass tile. “These portholes are the real thing — authentic, not gimmicky,” he says. “We bought them from a marine supplier, and they actually open. “
The Manhattan version of a farmhouse kitchen features white-tiled walls with gray grout. White cabinetry and a milk-glass chandelier add to the sun-drenched feeling.
In our 2016 kitchen of the year, designer Matthew Quinn covered the wet bar’s wall in gold-striped Calacatta marble tiles by AKDO. For extra oomph, he arranged them in a sunburst pattern around the window.
Designer Michael Maher, who worked on this bright red butler’s pantry, introduced visual interest with Elizabeth Dow’s Chanel Indigo wallpaper. Coated with Teflon, the geometric-print linen wipes clean.
Inspired by the blue-gray veining on the countertops, designer Matthew Quinn chose matching subway tile for the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. The dark color of Pratt Larson’s Rustic tile sets off the hood, and its large scale — 6 by 10 inches — suits the large space. Instead of merely doing a backsplash, Quinn ran the tile up to the ceiling. “It feels more like a French bistro this way,” he says.
Warm colors reign supreme in this cozy, old-world kitchen. Designer Sandra Bird laid Ann Sacks’ Gothic tiles in a harlequin pattern above the bar for a playful touch. With five different shades (Sorrell, Otter, Champagne, Cream, and Willow), the same colors never touch.