The backsplash! It’s always fun when something added for utility — in this case, to protect kitchen walls from water and worse — is used as an excuse to add beauty. From tiny subway tiles to grand slabs of marble, and from hand-painted ceramic tiles to spray-painted plywood, backsplash materials are as beautiful and varied as they are practical and protective.
Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
There’s an excitingly wide world of backsplashes out there. You’ve got brick, shiplap, mirrored backsplashes (they’re not just for the ’70s anymore!), sheets of glass, sheets of metal, marble, “marble,” pegboard, pressed tin, painted, painted brick, whitewashed “brick,” unfinished edges, simple subway tile, and super-special backsplashes that can only be described as next-level. If you’re looking for a backsplash, there’s definitely one in these slideshows that’s perfect for your home.
White Kitchen Backsplashes
White is a great color for a kitchen: it’s easy to tell when it’s dirty, it’s bright in rooms that are often small, and it’s a clean and simple backdrop in rooms that have a lot going on. But clean and simple doesn’t mean boring, as white backsplashes are available in a variety of fascinating materials—and even plain white tile can be plainly beautiful.
Glass Tile Kitchen Backsplashes
When it comes to backsplashes, glass is a A Lovely, Low-Maintenance Alternative to Tile. And while it comes in a ton of colors, we’re particularly partial to a serene seaglass green.
Subway Tile Backsplashes
We are in the subway tile era, which means we’re seeing a lot of it, and we’re seeing it used in fascinating ways. Subway tile has a classic look that’s easy to clean and to fit into many different decors. The plain white version looks just as good in ultra-modern kitchens as it does in charmingly old-fashioned ones, while other colors and configurations add near-infinite possibilities. If you love these 5, definitely check out 10 Inspiring Uses of Subway Tiles in the Kitchen.
Kitchen Backsplash Ideas on a Budget
Backsplashes can be shockingly expensive, but they don’t have to be. Plywood, pegboard, Formica, faux shiplap, and microbacksplashes are 5 great options, as are these 7 Inexpensive (and Timeless) Backsplash Ideas.
Peel and Stick Kitchen Backsplashes
If you want a fresh backsplash but you also rent, don’t despair: peel and stick options are getting better and better. You can use removable wallpaper, install a sheet of faux tiles, enhance your existing tiles with vinyl decals, or get all the glamour of marble for a tiny fraction of the cost. The best part (besides all the rest of it) — most of these projects can be tackled in an afternoon.
DIY Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
Don’t be intimidated by the backsplash — just think of it as a tiny wall! You can totally handle a tiny little wall! Whether you’re a homeowner up for attempting a gorgeous wood tile upgrade or a renter more into 9 Temporary Solutions for an Ugly (or Just Plain Boring) Backsplash, there’s a DIY option that’s right for your kitchen—and skill level.
Brick & Stone Backsplashes in the Kitchen
It might be counterintuitive, but brick and stone backsplashes whether real or faux, plain, painted, or whitewashed can look just at home in sleek, modern spaces as they do in cozy, rustic kitchens.
Metal Backsplash Ideas
An all-too-often overlooked material for kitchen design is metal. Stainless steel countertops are a joy to keep clean and add a bit of sheen to a practical space, and metal backsplashes take things a step further by being shimmery, reflective, delicate—and yes, still easy to clean.