20 Removable Backsplash Ideas to Spruce Up Your Rental Kitchen

Updated 11/07/19

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Renting has its fair share of pros and cons, but one of the most difficult parts to cope with is the visual aesthetics of most rentals. It's not your forever home, so it doesn't make sense to cough up the big bucks on a property you don't own. Furthermore, we can't imagine your landlord would be very happy to discover the state of your apartment on move out day. 

While some things are easy to ignore, like the floor you covered up with a statement rug, others have a way of staring you in the face, like your unsightly kitchen backsplash. Luckily, there's a new wave of products on the market that are making it easier than ever to update your outdated digs. Enter peel-and-stick tiles and wallpapers that bring your kitchen into the 21st century without breaking the bank or sacrificing your security deposit. Ahead, 20 gorgeous kitchens to inspire your temporary and removable backsplash project. 

Subway Tile

As the name suggests, subway tile is just what you'd expect to find underground in a Manhattan subway station. Traditionally, it's a thin, low-fired, glazed, rectangular ceramic tile, that's installed in a staggered pattern. Since going mainstream, the subway tile trend now comes in a variety of materials, like glass, stone, and marble, among others, and colors, shapes, and sizes.

We love how this subway tile has been installed vertically, rather than the traditional horizontal installation, and how they all line up in a grid pattern. It feels modern and gives the small space the illusion of being taller.

Proving that subway tile in a squared shape is ultra-modern, this black backsplash could make even the most boho home dweller consider going chic and sleek. This black-on-black kitchen boasts tons of dimension with a variety of finishes, including the shiny, squared backsplash.

Mixing different styles and colors of backsplashes are a great way to draw attention to specific areas. Notice how this kitchen uses the black subway tile with white grout to make the stylized shelves a focal point, while the areas dressed in white marble feel understated in comparison.

If you refuse to settle for classic black and white subway tiles, turn your attention to this pale pink, counter-to-ceiling staggered tile that screams style. And notice how using it in excess, from wall to wall, makes this go-to tile feel luxe.

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Black backsplash tile
Subway Black Matte Glass Peel & Stick Wall Tile Backsplash Abolos $24
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white subway tile
Textured Subway Tile Peel & Stick Wallpaper Devine Color $35
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Patterned Backsplash

There's no better way to bring some major style into an often-forgotten space of your kitchen, than a patterned backsplash. Source tiles with a print or get your hands on a peel-and-stick wallpaper in any design.

Allow us to introduce you to the kitchen backsplash of our dreams. The way this black and white geometric print pops off the avocado cabinets and light pink walls is perfection. The gold accessories, like drawer pulls, the faucet, and sconces finish off the look in the best way.

Here's proof you don't need to settle for a tile to create a stylish backsplash. If you prefer a poppy print, swap your temporary tile options for a regular peel-and-stick wallpaper. They come in endless varieties of prints and colors, like this vintage-inspired lemon print.

Bring old-world charm into your modern-day apartment with a Mediterranean-inspired print. This blue and white floral tile paired with copper pots transports you to Nonna's kitchen, no plane ticket necessary.

There's nothing that brings out the retro mid-century vibes out more than a delicate sunburst pattern. This black and white patterned backsplash takes the minimal décor of this kitchen to the next level.

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patterned sticker tile
Fam Sticktiles Peel and Stick Tile Backsplash for Kitchen Wall $21
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patterned tile backsplash
FloorPops Kikko Peel & Stick Floor Tiles $21
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Tile Motifs

Tiles don't just come in basic squares and rectangular shapes. There's a whole world of shaped tiles that including hexagons, chevrons, fish scales, and so many more. Going with a geometric motif will make all the difference.

Although the tile on this kitchen backsplash is a clean shade of off white, the pattern elevates the space, making it feel so expensive and luxe. If you're looking to recreate this look, arabesque-shaped tile is exactly what you're looking for.

The only thing that can make this triangular-shaped tile look even more modern is the bright teal shade it comes in. It brightens up the space and totally pops off the orange accents. Furthermore, pairing it with white grout highlights the unique shape.

A matte black kitchen backsplash is a statement, but it runs the risk of lacking some dimension. Choosing a matte black tile in a chevron shape adds tons of visual interest to a flat shade.

Tiles shaped like fish scales are all the rage right now. Although they're a super trendy option for bathroom designs, using it in the kitchen as a backsplash is a gorgeous option. It feels equal parts modern and bohemian, which makes it the perfect medium for blending together marble with wooden accents.

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Porcelain Peel & Stick Decorative Bathroom Backsplash Wall Tile
Abolos Porcelain Peel & Stick Decorative Bathroom Backsplash Wall Tile $19
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Tic Tac Tiles 5-Sheet 12
Tic Tac Tiles Self Adhesive Removable Stick On Kitchen Backsplash in Damask Marble $29
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Stone Backsplashes

The stone most commonly used in trendy kitchens right now is none other than the versatile, clean, and modern marble. However, there are so many other options you can use on your backsplashes and countertops.

Allow us to introduce you to your new obsession: crocodile bamboo quartzite. The stone boasts gorgeous waves of green and pink ribbons that tie together the pink and metallic gold cabinets like a dream.

If there's anything that can make this pink kitchen feel less feminine and more neutral, it's this stone countertop and backsplash. The subtle hints of pink in it complement the cabinets, but the gray and white base neutralizes the design of this space.

This silver onyx backsplash is what kitchen dreams are made of. The organic shapes and neutral color palette feel elegant, modern, and so fresh.

If you love the look and colors of classic marble but are looking for something that makes a bigger statement, black and white quartz is the stone for you. The large scale veins in the stone create a pattern that makes this backsplash and countertops the star of this kitchen.

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Chasing Paper Pink Marble Wallpaper, Pink
West Elm Chasing Paper Pink Marble Wallpaper $40
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marble contact paper
practicalWs Marble Paper Granite Gray/White $6
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Bold Color Palettes

In a world where most kitchens are white and gray or some neutral variation, it's the perfect opportunity to infuse an unexpected color by way of your backsplash.

This white kitchen with wooden accents benefits majorly from this inclusion of bold blue. The white stars centered on each individual tile, paired with white grout, add even more flair to this cute kitchen.

Mint green isn't a color you see in kitchens very often, and this space is making us wonder why not. The combination of a simple rectangle shape and the minty fresh shade feels modern with a retro twist.

An emerald backsplash looks just as luxe as it sounds. However, it looks best in small doses. Take note from this kitchen and install a blue-green tile backsplash, leaving tons of white to balance the bold hue.

A pale pink backsplash is unexpected on its own, but the addition of matte black cabinetry makes this kitchen a one in a million. If ever there was a kitchen to make it to the very top of your Pinterest boards, it should be this one.

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pink tile
Metro Ava Peel & Stick Mosaic Tile $8
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green peel and stick tile
Abolos Metro 3" x 6" Glass Peel & Stick Subway Tile $12
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