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65 Tile Backsplash Ideas for the Ultimate Kitchen Glow Up

Backsplash porn is the new guilty pleasure.

kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Eric Piasecki

Ready for a kitchen refresh? You don’t have to put a sledgehammer through the wall to give your space a new look. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of adding tiles and a fresh coat of paint, et voilà! And when it comes to home improvements, nothing makes a kitchen stand out quite like a backsplash. Whether it’s a cheeky patterned inlay, an unexpected metallic backdrop, antique ceramic gems, or classic white subway tiles, the perfect backsplash can be the final touch that brings your design scheme together for the cooking space of your dreams. So wherever you fall on the chef spectrum (no judgment, HelloFreshers), here are 65 inspiring ideas from designer spaces that will make the hub of the home the heart of your home.

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1 Tiles on Capri
a kitchen with green backsplash and chrome and black appliances and cabinets
Nathalie Krag

Some backsplashes speak to a time and place in a big way. Case in point: these wavelike majolica tiles, which invoke the island surroundings of this midcentury villa on Capri. These tiles, custom-made by Galleria Elena, were reproduced in the likeness of some found at Capri’s Villa Torricella, the stately former home of the American expats Kate and Saidee Wolcott-Perry in the early 1900s. Talk about a backstory!

2 Classically Inclined
kitchen with wooden table and pink floors
James Merrell

There’s nothing more classic than white glazed subway tile, an elegant solution for nearly any interior style—and the kitchen of this idyllic retreat on a remote Scottish island is proof that this simple design passes the test of time. With a custom hood and a peacock blue–painted vintage table (not to mention the pop of red flooring), this color palette brings in all the romance of its illustrious history—with a dash of pizzazz.

3 Art Deco Deluxe
bradley stephens  upper east side apartment
Thomas Loof

For those going all out on glam style, there’s just one oft-repeated word of caution: Too much can sometimes be, well, too much. But designer Bradley Stephens—who incorporated his first muse, Art Deco banks, into this Manhattan apartment—knows when to rein it in. So of course this subtle backsplash offers a stabilizing neutral blue-toned background to the dramatic patterned flooring and vintage brass pendants. A weightless backdrop to the main act, we give a (metaphorical) round of applause to the true star of the space.

4 Black Backsplash
kitchen tiles backsplash
Ema Peter

We love how this bold kitchen turns informality on its head, merging postmodern-inspired lighting with charcoal-colored tiles that create a cozy Pacific Northwest feel, West Vancouver, British Columbia–style. The backsplash brings the dark hues throughout the room together, linking the black back-of-the-island block to the delicate pendant lines.

5 Harlem History
a kitchen has a long antique wood table with red chairs, a dark wood floor, light blue walls and ceiling, subway tiles surrounding a stove and pots and colanders hanging on both sides of it
Stephen Kent Johnson

Did you hear? Pots and pans are the new wall art. The owners of this 18-room townhouse added modern appliances but kept the patina of the room’s existing subway tile. With chairs made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles by Emeco, this room is anything but dated—albeit, not without a nod to its treasured Harlem history, backsplash tile considered.

6 Green and Copper Hamptons Home
celerie kemble
Thomas Loof

This dreamy summer home is brimming with East Hampton energy, complete with a vintage tole chandelier and Palecek kitchen chairs. The copper hood and pots almost glow against the horizontally stacked bright white tile. The high-contrast scheme plays well with the seafoam-green cabinetry—a refreshing deviation from the ubiquitous Hamptons scheme of blue, white, and gray.

7 Bold and Bright
officine gullo sunflowers dream
Officine Gullo

Officine Gullo’s design of this farmstead-turned-luxury hospitality space, Tenuta Carleone in Radda, Italy, is honing all the vibes of its bucolic setting. Patterned tiles create a stunning mosaic that is bordered by warm sunshine-yellow cabinetry with stainless steel appliances and polished chrome hardware. With an abundance of natural light shining through the arched windows, the kitchen is a sun-splashed utopia.

8 Rustic Luxury
a kitchen with white backsplash black cabinets and an island
Stephen Kent Johnson

This 300-year-old historic home, property of Restaurateur Rose Bonura, is a study of contrasts: past and present, black and white, rustic and modern. Which is why these Shaker-style paneled cabinet doors really sing, accented by the large white tile backsplash that is satisfyingly proportioned for the expansive room.

9 Color-Splashed
interior designer j randall powers
Eric Piasecki

Though designer J. Randall Powers’s clients favored white cabinets in the kitchen of their Houston home, he gave them only half their wish, painting the lower cabinets and an island in a bright green strié. The tile, however, honored their wishes, adding humility to the room and a touch of gloss that stands out against the kitchen’s matte finishes.

10 Dome Home
airy kitchen with island with black stools and orangey wood cabinetry
Trevor Tondro

Talk about an unconventional build. This 1970s geodesic dome home required a custom build of everything, including this Heath tile backsplash, a refreshing square motif that creates variety in this dome world of triangles, octagons, and pentagons. This is giving us serious Harry Gesner nostalgia.

11 Maroon Meals
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laure joliet

We could get comfortable in a kitchen like this, with a sweeping merlot-maroon backsplash that acts as the focal point of the room. The Mosaic House tiles from Mission Tile West are proof that you don’t need a bright color to make a pop in a room.

12 Playful Glamour
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Björn Wallander

The kitchen is generally considered the neutral zone—anything but in this classic Park Avenue apartment. These large white backsplash tiles mirror the floor stripe width. All set against an invigorating palette of baby blue and pastel yellow that pops against the bright white. It’s as welcoming as it is soigné.

13 Half Hex Stack Tiles
revamp interior design danielle fennoy brooklyn apartment
David Land

We can hardly fathom a former rendition of this kitchen that doesn’t involve a colorful backsplash. But believe it or not, the rich green Heath ceramic Half Hex Stack tiles in this Brooklyn townhouse kitchen were once humdrum developer-installed white subway tile. Thank the design gods for Danielle Fennoy of Brooklyn-based Revamp Interior Design, who had the vision to gussy this room up with an audacious backsplash that honors the homeowner’s design mantra, “whimsical but not insane.” Challenge accepted.

14 Seafoam and Squares
paul lamb architects austin home
Ryann Ford

It’s the black-bordered tile that really gives this Austin ranch house the charming Texas kick we know and love. Referencing both southern and central Texas roots as well as the easy-living houses of Southern California, this calming, light-filled home balances earthy textures with bursts of color and pattern.

15 Blue and White Spanish Tiles
Ricardo Labougle

A step into this kitchen is as much an adventure as the seaside vistas just beyond its walls. A melting pot of periods and places—with varying colors, layering, mixed patterns, and natural elements—this villa is a fitting salute to the rich history of the Spanish island of Menorca. In this space, that blue-and-white Spanish tile, carried across the cabinets themselves, is artwork in its own right. ¡Increíble!

16 Bold and Bright
modern pendants
Eric Piasecki

Designer Ellie Cullman (with Cullman & Kravis) was not afraid to take some chances here, with this stunning hexagon backsplash by Studium, which provides a satisfying distinction from the pops of yellow throughout this New Jersey family kitchen. The hood range ties the color scheme together in a resulting fanfare of color and contrast.

17 Black, White, and Icy Blue
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Douglas Friedman

The white-tiled backsplash in this maximalist California home designed by Mary McDonald is merely a backdrop for the glam striped marble floors, gold-detailed fixtures, and chic blue cabinets.

18 Red Motifs
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Anice Hoachlander

Warm tile complements a modern, light-filled kitchen by Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc.

19 Antique Floral
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Ricardo Labougle

In the kitchen of Amaro Sánchez de Moya’s Seville pied-à-terre, the antique backsplash tiles from Manises, Spain, add another focal point amid the white cabinetry and checkerboard floors.

20 Tiled Backsplash, Counters, and Shelves
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Undine Pröhl

Don’t just stop at your backsplash when applying tiles. Continue it onto your countertops and shelves, like in hotelier Carlos Couturier’s kitchen—clad in Portuguese tiles—in his home on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, designed by LeCoadic-Scotto.

21 Go Up the Wall
Douglas Friedman

Ceramic tiles cover an entire wall of this light-filled kitchen in a Marin County, California, cottage designed by Nicole Hollis.

22 White Subway-Tiled Walls
Francesco Lagnese

Subway tiles envelop the whole of this kitchen in an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side designed by Tom Scheerer and architect Gil P. Schafer—from the backsplash to the walls.

23 Black-and-White Patterned Tiles
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Santi Caleca

Antique majolica tiles cover the walls of the kitchen in this Milan townhouse designed by Studio Peregalli.

24 Teal and White
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Stacy Zarin Goldberg

When you have a white-tiled backsplash, that gives you room for color to shine through elsewhere, like in this Washington, D.C., home. The cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Card Room Green.

25 Square Tiles
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Ricardo Labougle

A high-gloss tiled backsplash with squares set on the diagonal complements the deep green color palette of the kitchen in this Paris apartment designed by Lorenzo Castillo.

26 Sicilian Majolica Tile
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Sylvie Becquet

The antique Sicilian majolica tiles blend in perfectly with this kitchen—once a cave in Sicily that dates to circa 600 B.C.—belonging to Bill Brockschmidt of Brockschmidt & Coleman and his husband, Richard Dragisic.

27 Outdoor Kitchen Tiles
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Chad Mellon

This Newport Beach, California, home has a covetable outdoor kitchen with a stylishly patterned black-and-white-tiled wall behind the grill.

28 Mixed Shapes
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Luke White

These square tiles set with quarter circles by Fireclay Tile were randomly placed onto the wall of this kitchen in a house in the Hamptons.

29 Chevron Tiles
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Christopher Stark

This Mill Valley, California, kitchen features sleek chevron tiles in varying shades of gray from Artistic Tile.

30 Geometric Tiles
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Matthew Millman

This geometric tile scheme becomes a true focal point in this Mediterranean-style kitchen by Jute Home.

31 A Darker Look
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Lisa Romerein

The dark backsplash in Walker Zanger tiles adds a welcome contrast to the white cabinetry in this eat-in kitchen in a Bel Air, California, estate designed by Lonni Paul.

32 Basket-Weave Backsplash
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Marili Forastieri

A basket-weave tiled backsplash by Ann Sacks adorns one wall in this bright, open kitchen designed by Rodney Lawrence for a beach house on Long Island.

33 Tiles for a Neutral Kitchen
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Claire Esparros

Sometimes simple white squares are all you need—these tiles blend seamlessly into an industrial New York loft’s kitchen designed by Becky Shea.

34 All White Plus Stainless Steel
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Douglas Friedman

The all-white tiles—set against a stainless-steel range by La Cornue—adds a sleek contrast to the kitchen of this Sonoma Valley lake house designed by Ken Fulk.

35 Glass Tiles
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Sean Litchfield

Pale gray glass tiles sheathe the walls of this open kitchen in interior designer Becky Shea’s Long Island City, New York, home.

36 A Glossy Mosaic
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Greg Premru Photography

A mosaic backsplash with a vine motif from DiscoverTile shines in this New England home’s kitchen designed by LDa Architecture & Interiors.

37 High Sheen
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Simon Upton

The backsplash and wall tiles by Mosaic House give an illuminating sheen to the kitchen of Patricia Greene Isen’s Upper East Side home.

38 White With Hermès Orange
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Douglas Friedman

In a Hearst family estate in New York’s Hudson Valley, the kitchen’s white-tiled backsplash recedes against the Viking appliances in a vibrant custom Hermès orange.

39 Long, Narrow Tiles
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Meghan Beierle-O'Brien

In the Los Angeles home of Avengers director Joe Russo, interior designer Deirdre Doherty opted for long, skinny tiles for the backsplash of this bold kitchen.

40 Miniature Tiles
kitchen tile backsplash ideas
Joe Schmelzer

In a Malibu, California, retreat designed by Oliver M. Furth, the kitchen’s backsplash is done up in miniature tiles for a subtle complement to this industrial look.

41 Teal Tile
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Dustin Aksland

In a Brooklyn brownstone designed by architect Elizabeth Roberts, a custom teal-colored backsplash featuring tile from Alchemy Materials blends seamlessly with custom cabinetry that's complete with hardware by E.R. Butler & Co. The range is by Wolf.

42 Shades of Green
Blue, Aqua, Green, Turquoise, Room, Interior design, Yellow, Furniture, Table, Living room,
Manolo Langis Photography

Designer Christine Markatos Lowe loves nothing more than a kitchen with a statement backsplash, like this design boasting a range of green hues. “A backsplash is the best place to add a pop of color into a kitchen design without having to do a full kitchen renovation,” she says.

43 Moroccan Tile
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Douglas Friedman

Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s West Hollywood home—a Moroccan-meets-midcentury oasis—showcases his passion for crafting global-inspired interiors. Green accents, including a backsplash with Moroccan from Zellij Gallery, complete the standout kitchen.

44 Mosaic Tile
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Thomas Loof

A backsplash featuring mosaic tile from Ann Sacks steals the show in a Richard Mishaan-designed kitchen in a TriBeCa building. The space also includes a custom island, range, and hood by Herzog & de Meuron. The barstools are by Gabriel Scott and the cabinetry is custom.

45 Bold Blues
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Eric Piasecki

ELLE Decor A-List designer Steven Gambrel is a master of blues, and this Chicago kitchen is proof. Gambrel opted to awash the space with Urban Archaeology handmade glass tiles in variations of blue spanning from aquamarine to jade. The polished nickel, hardwood, and glass cabinetry and island are custom, and the range and hood are by Officine Gullo. Hanging from the ceiling are eight circa-1930 C.F. Otto Müller ceiling lights and a pendant designed by Gambrel for the Urban Electric Co.

46 Neutral Pattern
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William Waldron

In a Lake Tahoe retreat designed by Palmer Weiss, the neutral kitchen's backsplash tile by Exquisite Surfaces serves as a point of interest. The countertop is by Caesarstone, the ceiling beams are reclaimed barnwood, the flooring is stained white oak, and the artwork was painted by the owners’ young daughter.

47 Classic Marble Tile
Trevor Tondro

A classic backsplash made of Carrara marble tiles by Walker Zanger adds balance to a powder blue kitchen in a Pacific Palisades, California, home belonging to designer Alison Palevsky and her husband, Alexander. The wooden bar stools are from Organic Modernism, the kitchen stove is by Viking, and the 1920s pendants are from Thanks for the Memories.

48 Onyx Tiles
Design by Jeanne Finnerty

A classic onyx backsplash and custom cabinetry complete an all-white modern chef's kitchen design by Jeanne Finnerty.

49 Off-White Portuguese Tiles
Simon Upton

Off-white 19th-century Portuguese tiles add character to a London kitchen. The island is made from a 19th-century cast-iron stove and topped with Carrara marble, and the pendant light is early-20th-century French.

50 Antique Tiles
Thibault Jeason

Antique patterned tiles from Southern Italy make for a lively backsplash in a 17th-century farmhouse in the South of France. A Louis XIV farm table, a skirted farm sink, and ample open shelving complete the design.

51 Moroccan Tiles
Cynthia Lynn

In a suburban Chicago home by PROjECT Interiors, Moroccan tiles in a custom size from Ann Sacks add elegance to a warm gray kitchen. A cantilevered island with Carrara countertops maximizes space.

52 Walls Of Gray Tile
Douglas Friedman

A warm gray palette is perfectly executed in this New York City kitchen clad in Calacatta gold marble and Walker Zanger tiles. The sink fittings are by Waterworks and the cabinetry is painted in Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore.

53 Olive Green Tiled Kitchen
Douglas Friedman

Holiday decor lends a cheerful ambience to this guest lodge kitchen in the Montana mountains. The olive green backsplash tiles are by Pewabic Pottery, the kitchen range and hood are by Thermador and the pendant lights are by Niche.

54 Classic Portuguese Tiles
Simon Upton

This charming kitchen in St. Moritz, Switzerland, is filled with history: 18th-century Portuguese tiles cover the ceiling and walls; the 19th-century French table is surrounded by English chairs from the same era and a 19th-century French light fixture hangs above.

55 Simple White Tile
Francis Amiand

A small galley-style kitchen in Monaco, France, features square white tiles that play off of the other geometric elements in the room. The small table and chairs are by Jeanneret, the oven, cooktop and and hood are by Aster Cucine.

56 White, Off-White And Copper

The kitchen in this New York Hudson Valley home has a vent hood and wine refrigerator by GE Monogram, the mahogany dining chairs are from the 1940's and the copper cookware includes antique and vintage items.

57 Patterned Tiles

Beautifully patterned tiles by Neisha Crosland cover the walls in this London townhouse kitchen and allow the cabinetry, painted in Pure Grey 6 by Papers and Paints, to pop. The pendant lights are by Serge Mouille and the floor is made of three types of limestone.

58 Original Tiling
Mikkel Vang

The homeowners kept the original tile backsplash and flooring in the kitchen of this Loire Valley home. English mahogany chairs and a stylish chandelier, which was found at a flea market, give the space a lived-in feel.

59 White On White
Simon Upton

This bright and airy kitchen in a cottage in Connecticut keeps it classic with wall tiles from Waterworks, a stainless steel stove by Viking, stools by York Street Studio and 1920s English pendants by BK Antiques.

60 Crisp White
Douglas Friedman

This glossy white kitchen in a Manhattan apartment is balanced by the cork flooring and 1940s French, red garden chairs. The range is by Viking and the dishwasher is by Asko.

61 Subway Tiles
Mikkel Vang

The bright white walls in this open New Jersey kitchen are covered in subway tiles by American Olean. The vintage pendants were found at a Paris flea market. The bistro chairs are by Maison Gatti, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero and the range is by Wolf.

62 Industrial-Style Tiles
Simon Upton

A modish New York kitchen integrates custom-made cabinetry and vintage hardware alongside large white tiles. The 1950s scones are by Gunnar Asplund, and the light fixtures are from the 1970s. The sink fittings are by Dornbracht.

63 Penny Tiles
Miguel Flores

The custom redwood cabinetry in this Los Angeles kitchen complements the backsplash of penny tiles by Mission Tiles. The oven and dishwasher are by Miele and the sink fittings are by Vola.

64 Silver And White
Simon Upton

Gray tiles blend in with the stainless steel appliances in this modern New York City kitchen decorated with touches of silver and white. The floors are lined with Corten steel tiles, the oven is by Wolf and the stools are from the 1940s.

65 Spanish Tiles
Lisa Cohen

This open kitchen in Melbourne, Australia, features handmade Spanish tiles on its backsplash. The table is made of pepper granite, the pendant lights are by Produzione Privata, the stools are by Bassam Fellows and the oven is by Lacanche.

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