18 Eye-Catching Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

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Amazing kitchen backsplash ideas

Nowadays, a modern backsplash is more than an element that protects walls from splashes and steam from cooking. The best interiors, in fact, highlight aesthetics as much as function. So, it’s no surprise that backsplash ideas grew into the breathtaking features they are today. They can enhance the mood, style, and overall value of a home. Without further delay, read on to see some of the hottest backsplash designs.

White Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

1. Stone Backsplash with White Cabinets

White kitchen backsplash ideas for traditional kitchen

Stone tiles for a white kitchen backsplash by Decorilla designer Sarah M.


Subway tiles, checkerboard, stone, and mosaic work exceptionally well in an all-white kitchen. You can even play with kitchen tile designs and layouts to create original arrangements. Alternatively, add a few contrasting tiles for a bit of visual drama. Large glass panels are also a great option as they provide truly monochromatic, seamless surfaces ideal for creative lighting.

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2. Countertop to Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Marble backsplash ideas for a contemporary kitchen

Marble backsplash ideas for a contemporary kitchen by Decorilla designer, Sonia C.


Clean lines are right on par with the most recent kitchen interior design trends. Instead of individual tiles, opt for carrying your countertop material up the wall. With a solid panel comes a cohesive look and less fuss as you won’t have grout lines to worry about.

3. Classic Subway Tiles 

Minimalist kitchen with classic subway tile kitchen backsplash idea

Classic subway tile white kitchen backsplash idea by Decorilla designer, Laura A.


Subway tiles still hold a crown in trendy interior design, but the styles are slowly shifting towards more elaborate designs. An easy update, for instance, is to add a section in an unusual pattern to break up the standard straight lines. For a touch of opulence, grouts accentuated with some silver or copper could be just what you need.

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Modern Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

4. A Modern Backsplash With a View

Kitchen backsplash ideas - backsplash with a view

Modern kitchen backsplash with a view by Decorilla designer, Tiara M.


Stainless steel kitchen backsplash designs are as attractive as they are easy to maintain. In this interior, glass panels or windows combined with ambient lighting complement the metal to convey a cozy yet super modern atmosphere. Alternatively, you can go for laser-cut tiles to create a striking effect with intricate designs.

5. Tile Alternatives 

modern backsplash - single panel glass

A great tile alternative for a sleek, modern appeal is a single panel of glass. This look will creative a minimal look to your kitchen and can also give a large appearance due to the light reflecting quality of glass. Have fun and play with bold colors or keep it simple with neutrals for a more muted look.

6. Tiny Tiles Backsplash Idea

Herringbone backsplash design by Decorilla designer Kimber P

Modern herringbone backsplash design by Decorilla designer, Kimber P.


While a single panel backsplash gives a crisp, clean look, tiny tiles can be laid out in a variety of patterns for movement and eye-appeal. For example, this black and white herringbone layout immediately catches the eye as the focal point of the room and nicely contrasts the marble countertops.

Farmhouse Backsplashes

7. Rough-Hewn Rustic Backsplash 

Matching backsplash ideas by Decorilla designer Nathalie A.B

Matching backsplash ideas by Decorilla designer, Nathalie A.


A rustic kitchen undeniably awakens gourmet senses. To add a layer of character, use raw stone tiles in any share or size. This unfinished look gives a nod to nostalgia of days spent cooking over stone fireplaces.

8. 4-Inch Backsplash Ideas Revival

Kitchen backsplash ideas

Whether you feel 4-inch backsplashes are outdated or traditional, they are here to stay. That means there will always be an interior that fits this style perfectly. In a rustic, industrial, or mid-century kitchen, you can spruce up the area above the 4-inch rail with small accent pieces or artwork. Additionally, lowering the backsplash height to just above the stove can create a striking focal point.

9. Contrasting Backsplash Tile Ideas 

Contrasting backsplash tile ideas for a rustic kitchen

Contrasting backsplash tile ideas for a rustic kitchen by Decorilla designer, Wanda P.


With the rough edges of a rustic kitchen, a more contemporary backsplash can bring a touch of contemporary for some needed contrast. Narrow subway tiles in varying shades create an instant focal point against wood features. Just be careful not to overdo it and choose matte tiles instead of high gloss.

Mirrored Backsplash Ideas

10. Mirrored Backsplash as an Accent Wall

Mirrored backsplash ideas

A reflective tile backsplash, like mirror tiles, can double light to brighten up the kitchen. In the evening, with strategic lighting, the atmosphere can be glamorous. Elevate the scene even more with modern cabinetry and high-end appliances – you’ll feel like the star of your own cooking show.

11. Subtle Mirror Backsplash Ideas

Coastal backsplash design by Decorilla designer Audrey P

Coastal and white kitchen backsplash by Decorilla designer, Audrey P.


A combination of white cabinetry with blue or duck egg glass tiles can create a relaxing coastal vibe. On the other hand, stacked stone communicates a natural, contemporary look, while a monochrome palette gives a vibrant dynamic. Here, the most captivating detail is the discreet mirrored pattern behind the stove that provides the space with a unique character.

12. Full-On Mirrored Backsplash Ideas 

Speckled antiqued mirrored backsplash ideas

Speckled antiqued mirrored backsplash ideas by Decorilla designer, Mary L.


Mirrored or glazed, non-porous surfaces are ideal as kitchen backsplash designs, being the quickest and easiest backsplash to clean. However, tile material is not the only thing to consider. Grout is almost always porous, so if you’re a messy cook, choose larger tiles. Alternatively, you can opt for glass or plexiglass panels with no grout lines at all, or even better, use a real mirror.

Behind the Stove Backsplash Ideas

13. Scenic Behind the Stove Backsplash Ideas 

Creative behind the stove backsplash ideas - scenic mural

For a touch of drama to your cooking space, consider adding a scenic backsplash. For example, this tropical display breaks up the all white kitchen and provides an artsy landing point for the eye. The options are endless and you’re able to choose any type of scenic vista that fits your liking. To avoid being too gaudy, opt for images in shades of a single tone rather than full on color.

14. Play With Kitchen Backsplash Colors and Patterns

Chevron kitchen tiles

Depending on the color of your walls and countertops, the backsplash hue can be complementary or contrasting. Matching the backsplash color with the veins of a quartz countertop, for instance, is such a timeless, elegant option. You also can’t go wrong with an all-white kitchen. However, if your character calls for a more vivid style, go for a multicolor patterned backsplash for an attractive visual feature.

15. The Best Material for a Backsplash Behind the Stove

Wooden backsplash design by Decorilla designer Mary L

Wooden backsplash ideas by Decorilla designer Mary L.


Porcelain, ceramic, metal, and glass tiles are easy to maintain because they are non-porous, resistant to staining, and require no special cleaners. Natural stone can be sensitive and need some special care, but offer lasting value. Plexiglass is affordable and also undemanding. Moreover, metal panels are on the rise as a practical and effective backsplash solution.

Unique Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

16. Bold Patterns

Bold aztec mosaic for unique backsplash ideas

Bold aztec print for unique backsplash ideas by Decorilla designer, Shofy D.


The choice of backsplash depends on your taste and the style of the kitchen. However, the backsplash is a great venue to make a statement. Dare to go bold with pops of colors, playful patters or unique textures.

17. Creative Kitchen Tile Designs

Unique Backsplash design by Decorilla designer Tiara M

Unique backsplash idea by Decorilla designer, Tiara M.


You’re not obliged to use the same tiles all over. On the contrary, try mixing several colors in patchwork or zig-zag shapes, or add dynamics to all-white kitchen walls with 3D ornamental tiles. You can also refresh your kitchen by arranging subway tiles in a herringbone pattern.

18. Metallic Sheeting

Backsplash ideas in gold

Backsplash trends are changing with new unique styles tempting us every day. One of the emerging backsplashes popping up in kitchen is metallic sheeting. While stainless steel is reminiscent of industrial kitchens, gold and copper provide a unique twist for a touch of sophistication.

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