There’s a reason the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any home. It’s where you cook your meals, eat, and catch up with your roommates or family, and pour a big glass of wine after a particularly grueling day at work.
You spend so much time in your kitchen, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be as stylish as every other room in your home. Colorful kitchen accessories and countertops are two ways to step up your design game, but a cool backsplash will completely transform your space.
Below, 14 unexpected, yet totally amazing, backsplashes to kickstart some inspiration.
1. Up, Up, Away
Backsplashes have historically covered the part of the wall between the countertops and cabinet, but we’re so ready to ditch that outdated rule. Cassie of Hi Sugarplum went big with counter to ceiling tiles.
2. Like a Rolling Stone
Kip&Co founder Alex McCabe’s gilded cabinets and crocodile bamboo quartzite backsplash are serving up some serious Studio 54 vibes.
3. Marbled Magic
Striking yet subtle, interior design firm Black & Milk makes a case for marble backsplashes.
4. Through the Looking Glass
Have a small kitchen? A mirrored backsplash will make the space appear larger. Let The Makerista show you how it’s done.
5. Back to Nature
Chic wood paneling exists, just ask the folks at Encircle Design Build.
6. Under the Sea
A scalloped backsplash offers a soothing, nautical vibe to interior designer Michelle Gage’s home.
7. Blurred Lines
Optical illusion or super cool backsplash? If you ask us, Katharine Pooley’s take is both.
8. Temporary Tiles
If you live in a rental apartment, take a page out of Nicole Block’s book and add some temporary tile decals.
9. Double Trouble
Interior designer Tineke Triggs begs the question, “Why choose one backsplash when you can have two?”
10. Green With Envy
James Conley and Kurt Heinrich‘s kitchen is a masterclass in color.
11. The New Classic
Sure, tiles are an obvious choice for a backsplash. But there’s something about the vertical placement and sporadic etched tiles in Heath Ceramic founders’ Cathy Bailey and Robin Petravic’s San Francisco apartment that has us falling in love with tiles all over again.
12. Trendy in Terrazzo
ICYMI: Terrazzo is making a major comeback and, as Dzek proves, looks especially good in your kitchen.
13. Say Hello to Herringbone
A white backsplash doesn’t have to be boring. The team at A Beautiful Mess used their DIY skills to make an affordable, eye-catching iteration.
14. Gettin’ Geometric
What’s black, white, and chic all over? This cool option by Vanessa DeLeon.