20 Amazing Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Updated: Apr. 23, 2024

From intricate and eye-catching to simple and clean, a backsplash can help you express your style in the kitchen. Get inspired with these amazing ideas.

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Wood Backsplash

Beadboard is a lightweight and versatile product perfect for backsplashes. Painted or raw, it really packs decor punch, especially when installed in a unique way, like the chevron design pictured. An easy DIY project, you can install this yourself in a weekend and with our guide on how to scribe for a perfect fit, you’ll be sure to have professional results. And for durability, protect the wood with washable paint or marine varnish. Plus: You need to see these 27 incredible kitchen storage solutions.

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Window Backsplash

Who says backsplashes need to be a solid wall? With our guide on how to install a window, you’ll be one step closer to a kitchen that is light, bright and airy. Just be sure to check your local building inspector to make sure that any planned window additions meet local planning guidelines.

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Courtesy of Melina Gates

Pressed Tin Backsplash

If the real deal is out of your budget, you can create the timeless look of tin with Decorative Ceiling Tiles. Easy to install, these faux tiles can be cut with regular scissors and installed with construction adhesive, making this a reasonable weekend project to tackle. Once done pressed tin backsplashes wow!

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Brick Backsplash

If you haven’t been blessed with exposed brick accent walls in your home, you can easily recreate the rustic feel with brick veneer. Which can be installed with construction adhesive. And veneer brick is thin enough to cut around receptacles and outlets for a seamless look. Brick backsplashes are one of our favorite non-tile backsplash alternatives that give any home an updated and unique look.

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Stone Backsplash

Once relegated to exterior applications, installing stone facing indoors has become a hot trend in recent years. The warmth and look of real stone adds a distinguished European vibe to any kitchen and is an easy DIY backsplashes project.

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Chalkboard Backsplash

Chalkboard paint is a trendy way to spice up your walls, but it’s also practical for kitchen backsplashes. Jot down your grocery list, daily menu or just write yourself a happy quote to ponder over morning coffee. And best of all, chalkboard paint is perfect over magnetic paint, making the organization possibilities endless.

Photo: Courtesy of John & Melanie

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Art Deco Backsplash

Defined by geometric styles, sharp lines, and bold colors, Art Deco is nicely updated with this tile without being overwhelming. For a seamless look, pull colors from cabinetry and countertops to create cohesiveness that will impress. By the way, these are the best tile options for your kitchen backsplash.

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White Backsplash

White subway tile is one of the classic backsplash tile ideas — it’s not on this list. Put a new twist on basic white backsplash tile ideas with these concave white tiles. Reminiscent of fish scales, these tiles are neutral enough to go with any décor but unusual enough to not appear cliché.

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Marble and Mother of Pearl Backsplash

If you’re looking for white backsplash tile ideas with understated elegance, this would be it. White marble tile is typically associated with floors, but using it here with vining strands of mother of pearl makes a stunning choice for a backsplash. It would look incredible paired with a marble countertop and light gray cabinetry.
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Herringbone Tile Backsplash

The pattern elevates the style for a more sophisticated look. We love the all-white version in this light and airy kitchen. And taking the backsplash all the way to the ceiling brings the final look up a notch. Looking for more ideas? Check out our collection of Mexican tile backsplash ideas.

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Mirror Backsplash

For kitchens with low-lighting conditions, installing a mirrored backsplashes can be a great way to lighten the space and add a modern touch. And learn how to drill a hole in a mirror, and you can even customize your backsplash to hang utensils or other kitchen tools.

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Wallpaper Backsplash

Install a wallpaper backsplash for an unexpected pop of color that is easy to install. Today’s wallpaper is high-tech and durable, making it a cinch to install, and easy to remove when you decide to try a new look.

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Pegboard Backsplash

It’s no secret that you can organize anything with pegboard, so why skip the kitchen? Pegboard is paintable, inexpensive and easy to install—and it makes a statement. Paint it a soft pastel and stencil for a vintage look, or stain dark and accent with raw metal for an industrial edge. Pegboard kitchen backsplashes allow for plenty of organization!

Here’s our list of vintage backsplash tile ideas if you’re looking for tiles.

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Plywood Backsplash

Industrial-chic is all the rage in home décor, which is great news for frugal homeowners who want to renovate on a budget. Plywood can be a perfect choice for kitchen backsplashes. But be sure you understand the different grades of plywood and their applications before tackling this job.

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Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Tiles

The recent influx of peel-and-stick tiles to the market has provided homeowners with the look and feel of luxury tile for a fraction of the cost. The application is as simple and peel and stick, and these tiles can be installed over existing tile and many other surfaces, making it an easy way to boost the value of your home.

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Pennies Backsplash

A true one-of-a-kind masterpiece that is a literal testament to the affordable home improvements you have made. As far as backsplashes go, the results are incredible. But bring your patience, as cleaning and installing pennies can be painstaking work.

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Victorian Chic Backsplash

A staple of farmhouse style, this Victorian chic tile backsplash is all about delicate patterning and muted colors. And the soft blue with natural wood accents hearkens to yesteryear, yet the sleek gold handles and stainless appliances make sure the look doesn’t appear dated.

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Sunburst Backsplash

This mosaic sunburst may be monochromatic, but it still shines brightly as the focal point of this kitchen. The area behind a stove is the perfect place for a kitchen accent wall.

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Retro Chic Backsplash

They say everything old becomes new again, and after viewing this geometric tile backsplash, we’d agree. The colorful accented tile is a perfect match for the whimsical range hood and is an effortless way to add a punch of color to a basic subway tile backsplash. For this type of kitchen backsplash ideas, you’ll want to know how to cut tile with a grinder for a perfect fit every time.

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DIY Mosaic Backsplash

Who says backsplash tile ideas have to be expensive? This DIY mosaic is made of dyed mason jars, smashed and rearranged into a one-of-a-kind treasure. If glass tile is your thing, check out this beautiful glass-tiled vanity top and learn how to make your own.