51 Standout Backsplash Ideas Perfect for Any Kitchen

A white kitchen with a backsplash made from white tiles and dark grout

Pure Salt Interiors

When designing (or redesigning) a kitchen, you really have three elements to play with: your cabinets, your countertops, and your backsplash. More often than not, your cabinets and countertops will get most of the attention, and this makes sense. After all, they’re the largest and most functional elements in your space. But, since your backsplash is that final piece that’ll bring your space together, it deserves a fair amount of care and attention, too.

If you’ve never heard the phrase “kitchen backsplash” before, rest assured knowing the concept isn’t that complicated. A kitchen backsplash is an easy-to-clean surface that sits behind your sink and/or your stove to protect your walls from splashes. It can be crafted from a range of different materials, though it’s typically lined with tiles or marble. Just like your countertops and cabinets, it can add a dose of statement-making style to your space. 

Your backsplash can serve as a pop of color, print, or texture, or it can simply help you unite the other aesthetic elements in your space. In short, kitchen backsplash ideas abound—and we’ve rounded up 51 worth adding to your library of interior design inspo below.

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Color-Coordinate the Backsplash and Island

A kitchen with a dark blue island and a light blue backsplash

Cathie Hong Interiors

Committing to a backsplash palette can be tough. So, why not stick with the palette you already have? Look to other statement-makers in your space—like your kitchen island—and let them inspire your color choices. To keep your palette crisp, choose a backsplash color that matches your island exactly. Or switch things up by choosing a slightly different shade.

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Add a Pop of Print to Your Space

A white-filled kitchen with a subtle printed pink backsplash

Calimia Home

The easiest way to make a statement with your backsplash? Stock up on printed tiles. Choose a pattern that suits your home’s aesthetic, and opt for a palette that’s exactly as bold as you want it to be. Even a soft peach backsplash can make a statement when it’s the only print in your space.

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Stick to Simply Painted Wood Paneling

A kitchen with a backsplash made of painted white wood paneling

Becca Interiors

Tiles may be a popular backsplash option, but they’re not your only option. Other materials can look just as striking, and since they’re less expected, they’re bound to make a statement.

Consider what you want your backsplash to feel like, and ask yourself whether tiles are the best way to get there. If you’re craving something matte, textured, and minimalist, white-painted wood paneling may be a better bet.

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Match Your Grout to Your Tiles

A wet bar backsplash crafted from black tiles and matching black grout

Proem Studio

When most of us hear the word “grout,” we envision a pasty off-white substance. But the truth is, grout doesn’t have to be off-white. It comes in a veritable rainbow of colors—and it also comes in striking neutrals, like charcoal and black. If you want to create a wall of color that’s uninterrupted—even by your grout—consider snagging grout in a shade that matches your backsplash tiles.

A series of white tiles lined with black grout
Home Depot Custom Building Products Charcoal Sanded Grout $13
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DIY Your Own Backsplash Pattern

A backsplash boasting a DIY print, made from differently shaped black and white tiles

Katie Hodges Design

Tiles come in an array of prints and patterns, but if you’re struggling to find a set that suits your space just right, remember that you can always craft a pattern of your own. Tilted subway tiles can quickly become a zigzag—especially when they’re flanked by triangular tiles in a contrasting shade.

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Trade Rectangles for Squares

An all-white kitchen with square white backsplash tiles

Becca Interiors

Most backsplash tiles are rectangular, but that doesn’t mean yours have to be. Simply trading rectangular tiles for square ones can add visual interest to your backsplash—even if the tiles you choose are subtle and neutral.

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Paint Everything but Your Backsplash

A kitchen that's been painted forest green from top to bottom, with one exception: a crisp whtie backsplash

Ashley Montgomery Design

Adding a pop of color with your backsplash is a popular choice, but you can create the same effect by painting everything around your backsplash, instead. If your cabinets, walls, and range hood are lined with striking forest green, your crisp white backsplash is sure to stand out.

And if you want to create continuity, you can always match your countertops to your backsplash.

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Choose Tiles With Texture

A kitchen backsplash lined with marble tiles

Bespoke Only

Color, pattern, and shape aren’t the only elements you can play with when stocking up on tiles—texture is also on the menu. If you find yourself torn between an elegant marble backsplash and a more classic tile-lined one, rest assured knowing you can have your cake and eat it too: stock up on marble tiles.

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Set the Scene With Wallpaper

A kitchen lined with subtly printed wallpaper

Jessica Nelson Design

Patterned tiles can be a great way to switch up your backsplash. But, if you’d prefer a lower-effort upgrade that can deliver the same visual impact, consider lining your walls with printed wallpaper, instead. Plus, if you opt for peel-and-stick wallpaper, you can swap out your backsplash as often as you’d like.

Subtle floral printed wallpaper, which is currently for sale at Anthropologie
Anthropologie Pergola Wallpaper $4–218
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Add Shine With Iridescent Tiles

A kitchen with blue cabinets and iridescent light gray tiles

Studio Peake

Most glazed ceramic tiles are glossy, but if you want a backsplash that’s next-level shiny, consider investing in a set of iridescent tiles. There are options available in every shade of the rainbow, so it shouldn’t be tough to find a set that suits your palette.

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Paint Your Walls a Striking Color

A kitchen with white countertops, blue shelves and cabinets, and off-white painted walls

Ashley Montgomery Design

One easy way to transform your backsplash? Paint it. By covering your walls in a striking color, you can create the illusion of a backsplash without tackling a full-blown renovation. Just be sure to choose a shade that will complement the kitchenware you plan to put on display.

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Commit to a Bold Pattern

A kitchen with light gray cabinets and a boldly patterned black, white, and gray backsplash

Reena Sotropa

There’s no denying it: If you want a statement-making backsplash, bold tiles are sure to deliver it. Snag a striking pattern in a palette of your choosing.

If you want to temper the intensity of your backsplash, we recommend sticking with a neutral color scheme and painting your cabinets to match.

A set of bold black-and-white star-patterned tiles, which are currently for sale at AllModern
AllModern Brewster Porcelain Field Tile $10/square foot
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Turn Your Tiles Sideways

A kitchen lined with white rectangular tiles, which have been turned vertically

Blue Copper Design

Rectangular backsplash tiles run in the same direction most of the time: the shorter end runs up and down, while the longer end runs from side to side. So, one simple way to make a statement is to invert this expectation and let your tiles run the other way. You can do this with any tile color or texture, but you need rectangular tiles to pull it off.

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Give Your Backsplash a Border

A kitchen with mint green cabinets and a white tiled backsplash, which has been framed by smaller gray tiles

Bespoke Only

Looking for a way to draw attention to your backsplash? Line it with two kinds of tiles. Designate one set to cover the bulk of the backsplash, then use the other to create a built-in frame around your backsplash. By choosing tiles in similar shades but different sizes, you should be able to create the visual contrast you want without sacrificing subtlety.

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Add Warmth With Off-White Tiles

A kitchen lined with warm off-white tiles

Blue Copper Design

White tiles may seem overdone in the backsplash space, but off-white tiles are decidedly underrated. They can be a great way to warm up white walls without jeopardizing your carefully curated color scheme.

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Merge Your Backsplash With Your Countertops

A kitchen with striated marble countertops and a matching marble backsplash

Mary Patton Design

Your backsplash and your countertops don’t have to be separate entities. If you’re looking for a way to create cohesion in your space, consider crafting your backsplash from the same material as your countertops.

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Create a Pop of Color

A kitchen backsplash crafted from bold blue tiles

Tyler Karu

Pops of color can be a great way to make your space look more dynamic, and your backsplash is an excellent candidate for a vibrant shade. Paint it a bright color or line it with striking tiles—either way, you’re in for a show-stopper.

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Plan Your Tile Layout

A minimalist kitchen backsplash, crafted from white tiles that have been arranged in an orderly grid

Margaret Wright

Once you’ve picked out your tiles and your grout, you may think you’re ready for an install, but that’s not quite true. Before you affix your tiles to your wall, you should know how you want to lay them out.

You could keep things classic by placing the center of one tile under the seam of two others, or you could introduce some serious order to your space by keeping your seams consistent.

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Line Your Backsplash With Fabric

A kitchen wall, lined with gray fabric

Britt Design Studio

Looking for a non-obvious way to add color and texture to your walls? Consider lining them with fabric. Fabric can be applied to your walls nearly the same way wallpaper can. And it’s sure to add a pop of luxury to any wall it touches.

A wall covered in gray fabric wallpaper
Wayfair Highland Dunes Corrado Linen Wallpaper $1/square foot
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Layer Two Striking Textures

A kitchen with dark wooden cabinets and a bold marble backsplash

Bespoke Only

Remember that your backsplash doesn’t exist in a vacuum: it’s interacting with all the other textures in your space. So, choose a backsplash that can hold its own against the boldest elements in the room.

A white marble backsplash will add contrast to a kitchen filled with dark-stained wood cabinets. And since both materials share organic striations, it should add a touch of cohesion, too.

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Add a New Color to Your Palette

A black and white kitchen with a bold taupe backsplash

Jenn Pablo Studio

If you want to ensure your backsplash stands out, use it to introduce a new color to your palette. Cover your backsplash in an accent color that appears nowhere else in your home. This unexpected approach is sure to leave you with a show-stopper—even if the color you choose is relatively neutral.

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Make a Subtle Statement With Textured White Tiles

A backsplash lined with white tiles that have been textured to suggest a floral print

Tyler Karu

Statement-making backsplashes tend to boast bold prints or vibrant colors, but these aren’t your only options. Textured tiles can look just as striking, and if you snag a set in a crisp, unassuming white, you can end up with a backsplash that looks versatile from far away—and truly special up close.

A white tile with leaves carved into it
The Tile Shop Nature White Porcelain Tile $14/square foot
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Let Your Windows Be Your Backsplash

A modern kitchen with walls lined with windows—one of which acts as a sink backsplash

Katie Martinez Design

If you’ve been blessed with a window-lined kitchen, make the most of it: let one of your windows be your backsplash. Glass is a hardy material, so it should be just as easy to clean as classic backsplash tiles, and a window should give you the same visual separation you’d get from a more traditional backsplash.

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Pair Light Tiles With Dark Grout

A white kitchen with a backsplash made from white tiles and dark grout

Pure Salt Interiors

Searching for a way to make classic white backsplash tiles a little more statement-making? Pair them with dark grout. The contrast should make your backsplash even more eye-catching than it already is, and it’ll add some welcome texture to your kitchen.

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Let Your Backsplash Run From Ceiling to Countertop

A kitchen with a striking marble backsplash that runs from ceiling to countertop

Laura Brophy Interiors

Choosing what material to use for your backsplash is one major decision. Another? How big to make your backsplash. Backsplashes can be confined to one small area, or they can sprawl across your kitchen, running from ceiling to countertop and from wall to wall.

Of course, covering your walls with any material is going to be an investment. But, the design choice is bound to make a statement—especially if you spring for a boldly colored, printed, or textured material.

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Buy the Same Tile in Different Colors

A multicolored backsplash, crafted using the same tile in different colors

Michelle Boudreau Design

Remember that your backsplash doesn’t have to be just one color. By snagging the same tile in a few different shades, you can piece together a multicolored backsplash, creating your own print from the varied tiles.

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Snag a Freestanding Backsplash

A kitchen with a freestanding marble backsplash

Tyler Karu

Not drawn to the idea of a full-blown reno? No problem. You can buy a freestanding backsplash and mount it on your wall. This approach can be particularly great if you want a backsplash with a unique shape.

Curves may be hard to pull off with tiles, but with a freestanding slab of marble, they should be no problem at all.

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Try a Retro Zigzag Layout

A kitchen backsplash lined with marble tiles, which have been arranged in a chevron pattern

Pure Salt Interiors

When deciding how to lay out your tiles, don’t be afraid to get playful. Grid-like layouts may be popular, but they’re not your only options. If you’re looking for a layout that’s a little more fun and dynamic, consider a zigzag pattern like chevron or herringbone.

Both layouts can add serious visual interest to your space, and since both date back to ancient civilizations, you can rest assured knowing they’re timeless rather than trendy.

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Match Your Backsplash to Your Cabinets

A kitchen with gray cabinets and a gray tiled backsplash

Tyler Karu

Monochromatic palettes may be minimal, but they certainly know how to make a statement. If you want your space to feel straightforward but striking, consider matching your backsplash to your cabinets.

The two don’t need to match exactly—even monochromatic design makes space for tonal differences. And if you want to make the biggest impact possible, make sure the color runs from ceiling to floor.

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Let Your Floors Steal the Show

A kitchen with blue cabinets, a classic white backsplash, and black and white diner tile-lined floors

Erin Williamson Design

A backsplash crafted from white subway tiles may feel overdone, but there are still plenty of interesting ways to use the accent. One of them? Pair your classic white backsplash with boldly tiled floors.

Your subtle subway tiles will add balance to your space, keeping the attention where it belongs: on your stunning floors. And if you want your space to feel even more harmonious, you can make some of your bold floor tiles the same crisp white as your subway tiles.

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Sprinkle in Your Accent Color

A kitchen backsplash lined with marble tiles that boast faint metallic gold lines

Reena Sotropa

If there’s an accent color in your palette, your backsplash can be a great place to highlight it. That doesn’t have to mean stocking up on colorful tiles. Instead, it can mean snagging tiles that have bits of your accent color in them.

These subtle nods to your palette should make your backsplash look more interesting and your space feel more cohesive.

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Make the Most of Exposed Brick

An exposed brick column, which has been turned into a kitchen backsplash

Jessica Nelson Design

Backsplashes can be made from a variety of different materials, and if the area behind your stove is already lined with exposed brick—or some other similarly striking material—embrace it. Instead of covering the built-in accent with tiles or paint, leave it as is—and revel in the fact that you got a statement-making backsplash without renovating a thing.

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Write a Mosaic Message

A wet bar backsplash which boasts a mosaic spelling out the word "cocktails"

Pure Salt Interiors

Any time you’re decorating with tiles, you have an opportunity to create a mosaic. You can, of course, craft a stunning image, or you can simply write a tongue-in-cheek message on your wall.

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Spring for a Mixed Tile Set

A kitchen backsplash lined with a varied array of small copper tiles

Erin Williamson Design

When shopping for a backsplash tileset, it may feel like you have to choose between homogeneity and overwhelm. Tiles either match each other perfectly or vary tremendously. But, rest assured knowing a middle ground does exist.

Mixed tile sets boast matching tiles that vary slightly in shade, giving you that dynamic visual texture you’re looking for—without making your space look unwieldy.

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Color-Coordinate Your Hardware

A kitchen with a black marble backsplash and several matching black details (a black faucet, black appliances, and a black switch plate cover)

Erin Williamson Design

If you want your backsplash to look even sleeker than it already does, consider letting your hardware in on the fun. By matching necessities like switch plate covers, faucets, and appliances to your backsplash, you can create an interrupted line of color in your space.

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Build Two Different Backsplashes

A kitchen with two white backsplashes: one crafted from tiles, and one crafted from marble

Tyler Karu

Depending on how your kitchen is structured, you may not have to stick to just one backsplash. If your sink and your stove sit on different walls, you can craft backsplashes for both of them—and each can look a little different.

This is great news for anyone struggling to choose between different backsplash options. You can line your sink’s backsplash with tiles and your stove’s with marble.

To keep your space cohesive, you can always render both in similar colors.

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Pair Dark With Light

A kitchen with light wood cabinets and a charcoal marble backsplash

Julian Porcino

Backsplashes are often light or colorful, but darker backsplashes can work just as well. If your kitchen is filled with light floors, light walls, and light cabinets, consider letting your backsplash serve as a counterpoint. A charcoal marble backsplash may read too dark in a darker kitchen, but it’s sure to offer some welcome contrast in a lighter one.

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Add Detail With Super-Skinny Tiles

A kitchen with mint cabinets and very skinny backsplash tiles

Cathie Hong Interiors

If you love the look of a backsplash with a grid-like layout, consider trading your classic subway tiles for super-skinny options, instead. These narrower tiles will form even more gridlines, making your orderly layout more dramatic and intricate.

A wall lined with super-skinny white tiles
TileBar Loft Super White Mosaic Tile $12/square foot
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Match Your Backsplash to Your Walls

A kitchen with white walls and a matching white backsplash

Julian Porcino

When designing a backsplash, many of us go for the obvious: we want our backsplashes to stand out. But, design a backsplash that fits into your space, and you could end up with something just as striking.

Instead of using your backsplash as a pop of color, consider matching it to one of the most prominent colors in your space, like the paint color lining your walls. This consistency in color should leave your kitchen feeling incredibly sleek—especially if you let your countertops in on the fun, too.

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Pair Bold Countertops With an Even Bolder Backsplash

A kitchen with striated marble countertops and a bold backsplash crafted from black and white tiles

Tyler Karu

If your countertops are incredibly bold, you may feel tempted to keep your backsplash subdued. After all, you don’t want to overwhelm your space with statement-making accents. But the truth is, your kitchen can probably handle more than just one show-stopper.

Consider pairing your striated marble countertops with an eye-catching patterned backsplash. Add cohesion by keeping your palette consistent from accent to accent, and pair prints that are different enough from each other to look distinct.

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Snag a Strange Tile Shape

A kitchen with black cabinets and a white backsplash, crafted from hexagonal tiles

Julian Porcino

If you want your backsplash to make a statement, consider snagging a set of unusually shaped tiles. Keep things subtle by scoring the tiles in a classic color like white, or go all-in with a bolder, more colorful set.

A set of gray hexagonal tiles, which you can buy at Wayfair
Wayfair Ivy Hill Saloni Ceramic Tile $10/square foot
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Take a Risk on an Unexpected Color

A kitchen backsplash lined with mauve tiles

Jessica Nelson Design

Colors like mint green and royal blue are popular in kitchens, so naturally, they’re popular in backsplashes, too. But that’s no reason to write off some of the more underrated colors in the rainbow. If you want your backsplash to stand out, don’t just pick the boldest color you can find—pick an unexpected color you feel drawn to. Even subtler colors, like mauve, can make a statement, thanks to their rarity in the design world.

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Let Your Backsplash Double as a Shelf

A kitchen with a marble backsplash topped with a small matching shelf

Calimia Home

Storage is a must in any kitchen, so why not let your backsplash do double-duty? Opt for a shorter backsplash that sits above your countertops, and snag an option with a built-in shelf. Even if the shelf is fairly shallow, you should be able to use it to store smaller kitchen necessities—and maybe even to display art.

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Mix and Match Different Tile Sets

A kitchen lined with two kinds of tiles: classic white tiles and light gray printed ones

Pure Salt Interiors

If you simply can’t choose between two striking tile sets, forgo the choice and buy both. Use one set to create an accent backsplash behind your stove or your sink, and use the other to line the walls above your countertops.

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Assemble an Uneven Surface

A kitchen backsplash lined with textured white square tiles

Katie LeClercq

Tiles tend to be pretty sleek and flat, but they certainly don’t have to be. If you’re looking for a subtle way to add texture to your backsplash, consider snagging a set of unevenly sculpted ceramic tiles.

For ultimate impact, place these tiles as close together as possible. The proximity will highlight the differences between the tiles, drawing the eye, in particular, to the bits that jut out.

Two sculpted sand-colored tiles stacked on top of each other
The Tile Shop Riad Sand Ceramic Wall Tile $11/square foot
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Keep Your Backsplash and Your Shelves Uniform

A wet bar with a wood panel-lined backsplash and matching wooden shelves

Laura Brophy Interiors

It can be hard to commit to a backsplash that runs from ceiling to countertop, especially if that backsplash isn’t white. But, if you’re looking for ways to cut down on visual clutter, consider matching your kitchen shelves to your backsplash. This color continuity should make your kitchen feel more open and spacious, without forcing you to sacrifice storage space.

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Segment Your Space With a Strip of Marble

A kitchenette with wood-lined walls segmented by a narrow strip of marble

Studio Peake

One easy way to create the illusion of a backsplash? Mount a strip of marble—or some other material—on your wall. Hang the strip a few inches above your sink (about where you’d want your backsplash to end). Then, leave the rest of your space as is.

That simple addition should give you the appearance of a backsplash, and depending on how far it juts out, it might give you an extra shelf to take advantage of, too.

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Add Interest With Triangular Tiles

An all-white kitchen with a triangular tile-lined backsplash

White Sands

Unusual tiles can be tough to decorate with, so it’s little surprise that most of us stick with classic rectangular options. But, if you want the flexibility of classic tiles and the visual interest of unusual ones, all hope isn’t lost.

Triangular tiles bridge this gap perfectly. They’re less obvious than classic rectangular subway tiles, but since they combine to form squares, they’re incredibly easy to decorate with.

A set of white triangular tiles, which you can buy at TileBar
TileBar Bellami Triangulo Bianco Glossy Ceramic Tile $20/square foot
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Piece Together a Two-Tone Backsplash

A two-tone backsplash that's lined with white tiles on the bottom and covered in pink paint on the top

Pure Salt Interiors

No one said your backsplash had to be just one color—or made from just one material. By segmenting your backsplash just below your range hood, you can create two separate backsplash areas, which can work together to form a two-tone whole.

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Turn Heads With a Metallic Tiles

A kitchen with sleek marble countertops and a very shiny gold backsplash

LeClair Decor

Look long enough, and you’ll stumble upon some seriously statement-making tiles. (Think: tiles so metallic they could double as mirrors.) These bold options may not be easy to decorate with, but they’re sure to pack an aesthetic punch.

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Leave Your Walls Exactly as They Are

A minimalist kitchen with crisp white walls

Ashley Montgomery Design

Perhaps the boldest decision of all is to forgo the backsplash entirely. Of course, this choice won’t work in every aesthetic. But, if your kitchen is so incredibly minimalist that your cabinets don’t even have handles, then favoring crisp white walls over a textured backsplash might make sense.

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