17 Backsplashes for a Unique Kitchen

Believe it or not, a kitchen is more than appliances, cabinets and countertops. While those are the elements that serve the greatest function, there are a host of details that bring everything in the room together, like sinks, lighting, and of course, the backsplash. A kitchen backsplash does actually have a function as well— to provide an easy-to-clean surface to wipe up cooking splatters and spills. But the backsplash is a place you can be creative, and add color and unique style to your kitchen design. There’s a huge range of backsplash ideas to choose from these days— from traditional kitchen tile, to glass tile, ceramic subway tile, and even reclaimed wood or galvanized metal. Gone are the days when standard backsplash tile was your only choice. How about concrete, or laminated fabric? Check out our favorite backsplash ideas from around the web.

By Rebecca Thienes Cherny


  • Galvanized Metal


    Metal backsplashes are typically of the stamped variety, but a flat sheet of galvanized metal makes a clean and modern statement in a country kitchen or mudroom potting area.


  • Marble Slab


    The gray veins in this white marble provide visual interest in an all-white kitchen, while bringing some warmth and fun to the design.


  • Hand-Glazed Ceramic


    A hand-glazed tile made by Heath Ceramics from brown clay warms up a modern kitchen. The owners of the Ione, CA-based company practice what they preach, featuring the tile running vertically on their own kitchen’s backsplash.

    Photo: Design Sponge

  • Patterned Tile


    An intricate patternedtile backsplash is a commitment, but one that makes a bold statement in a kitchen. Sean MacPherson’s Portugese tiles provide a lively backdrop in his vintage-style abode.


  • Reclaimed Wood


    Salvaged wood creates rustic texture on the kitchen backsplash and offers eco-conscious renovators a way to reuse an existing material.


  • Black and White


    Like black tie for the kitchen, white subway tile with black grout never goes out of style. And although it looks sophisticated, the material costs are low, making this stylish look quite affordable.


  • Antique Mirror


    A little bit of Parisian glamour in the kitchen comes via antique mirror installed as the backsplash. Its patina makes the material more forgiving and permit less meticulous maintenance.


  • Concrete


    Some perfectionists shy away from concrete on account of maintenance, but if you reseal and wax concrete occasionally, it makes a great backsplash material for an industrial look.


  • Brick


    If you’re lucky enough to have an exposed brick wall in the kitchen, why not keep it visible as a gorgeous backsplash? One word of caution: Brick should be sealed, since it is a porous material.


  • Mini Mosaic


    If you really want to make your kitchen one-of-a-kind, consider a mosaic . The small tiles will add texture and flair, while the pattern… is more or less up to you!


  • Modern Glass

    Bathroom glass tile ideas

    This isn’t your mother’s glasstile. While normal glass backsplashes feature either a whole sheet of glass or glass subway tiles, Everstone is putting out uniquely shaped designs, from pointy shards to circular bubbles.


  • Penny for Your Thoughts


    If your change jar is threatening to take over your kitchen, why not let it? This backsplash, made of over 6,000 extraneous pennies , knows the true meaning of “remarkable”.


  • Tin Ceiling Tiles


    Sometimes underappreciated when installed overhead, the delicate details of pressed-tin ceiling tiles command full attention at eye level.


  • Center Medallion


    Many tile manufacturers offer a wide range of medallion styles, ideal for the large open space above the stove.


  • Laminated Fabric


    A favorite swatch of fabric laminated between glass panels combines bold colors with an easy-to-clean surface.


  • Wood Paneling


    When used as a backsplash, white tongue-and-groove board is the perfect accompaniment in a country kitchen.


  • Rock ‘n’ Roll


    To highlight the shapes of the rocks above the stove, the builders of this log cabin installed a hammered metal spice shelf with small recessed lights.



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