Designer Ammie Kim wanted to give this kitchen a modern look by creating a unique backsplash. The glass tiles in the backsplash alternate between glossy and etched, complementing the glossy stainless steel appliances and honey maple cabinets.
Frank Roop updated a coastal cottage with shipshape windows set in Ann Sacks’s Jute glass tile. “These portholes are the real thing — authentic, not gimmicky,” he says. “We bought them from a marine supplier, and they actually open.”
The green-toned tile backsplash strip gets its interest, not just from the monochromatic colors, but by creating a tiny border of tiles just above the countertop.
This attractive backsplash maxes out the mosaics, combining a field of tiny tiles with a soft border and antique-inspired vase. This design is perfect for a Tuscan, French-country or traditional kitchen.
Dark countertops set off the cheery red and white tiles from Craftsman Court Ceramics in an Arizona kitchen.
These tiny lime-hued tiles make a bold statement, setting off the white countertops and wooden accents in this contemporary kitchen.
Designer Angie Hranowsky likes to cover as much wall as the budget allows. The splurge led to a gray Indianapolis kitchen that’s serene but not subdued. “It’s longer and more narrow than subway tile,” says Hranowsky of Waterworks’ Grove Brickworks field tile. “And I love the pitted, handmade texture.”
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Upcycled bricks from Fireclay Tile get a new life as a glazed backsplash in our 10th annual House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year. San Francisco designer Jon de la Cruz went with the dark hue as an homage to one of cooking’s central ingredients: black pepper.
Mixing different materials in a backsplash creates a one-of-a-kind design. Designer Helen Richardson used light green tumble marble for the majority of the backsplash and added diamond-shaped stainless steel accent tiles to give it an unexpected shine.
Paired with crisp, white countertops and contemporary fixtures, this stainless-steel backsplash sparkles.
This kitchen features light wood cabinets, marble countertops and a classic backsplash with a simple diamond border. The alternating diamond tiles present a bold look with the addition of a miniature frame.
Don’t go for ordinary when choosing a backsplash. HGTV fan TOMandJOANNA has a sandblasted mirror backsplash, which demonstrates an industrial yet elegant look.
Blue glass tiles make a dramatic statement in any style kitchen. Designer Dave Stimmel installed the tile along the length of the cabinets and the wet bar area to connect the two spaces.
The small clear glass tiles in this backsplash make the perfect backdrop for the stainless steel double stack hood. Designer Gail Drury combines the sparkling backsplash with stainless steel appliances for extra shine.
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“Guess what? It’s not brick,” says designer Ken Fulk of the accent wall in a New Orleans kitchen. “It’s this wonderful rough-hewn terracotta tile, and we used it all across the wall and up to the ceiling, so it has more impact than the typical backsplash.”
The bronze leaf motif adds texture and design to the rectangular tile backsplash. The tile material is carried through to the sink. Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Hardware
Nick Olsen broke all the rules when decorating this tiny studio apartment. The kitchen corner gets a helping of charm with a painted plaid backsplash and matching grosgrain ribbon trim.
The mosaic glass-tile backsplash shimmers in the light coming from modern wall lamps. The tan and green colors highlight the gray countertops giving this space a rich, natural feel.
A little shine — and a few twists on tradition — inject simplistic style in a New York kitchen by Louise Brooks. The backsplash is made with Ann Sacks’ Inca tiles in Brushed Aluminum.
The reflective surface of this stainless steel backsplash changes with the amount and direction of light. The cutting-edge material combined with the classic mosaic pattern gives the kitchen a modern organic look. Photo courtesy of Ann Sacks
Designer Michael Maher, who worked on this bright red butler’s pantry, introduced visual interest with Elizabeth Dow’s Chanel Indigo wallpaper. Coated with Teflon, the geometric-print linen wipes clean.
A posh take on subway tiles, Pratt & Larson crackled ceramic tiles are glazed a pale blue in this streamlined cooking space. A nearby wall in Benjamin Moore’s Nelson Blue echoes the shade.
Designer Frank Roop alluded to the setting of a Nantucket kitchen with a backsplash reminiscent of the ocean. The variegated handmade glass tiles, Erin Adams through Ann Sacks, steal the show.
Medium-sized white subway tiles give this contemporary, cottage-style kitchen a cool, urban feel. When paired with soft, marble countertops and distressed cabinets, the look is instantly sophisticated.
What better way to feel like you’re in Italy than a mural of a vineyard in your kitchen? HGTV fan busymommyathome installed this hand-painted mural to bring a touch of Italy to her home.
In a Birmingham apartment, an entire wall is clad in Calacatta Gold marble tiles from Kenny & Company and laid in a chevron pattern for extra drama.
In a Hudson Valley home, white cabinetry sets off a kitchen backsplash in Mosaic House’s Batha Moroccan tile. The brass cabinet hardware harmonizes with details on the La Cornue range.
In our 2016 kitchen of the year, designer Matthew Quinn covered the wet bar’s wall in gold-striped Calacatta marble tiles by AKDO. For extra oomph, he arranged them in a sunburst pattern around the window.
Using classic, white subway tiles as a backsplash is the best way to bring a polished look to your kitchen. Here, the tilework is spiced up with a Celtic-knot border just above the countertop. The border’s soft-gray hue is a perfect match to the distressed upper cabinets.
Caitlin Wilson wanted to lighten this New Jersey kitchen, but the predominantly white palette needed a little extra texture. The movement in Calacatta Gold marble subway tile creates a dynamic backdrop, while herringbone floors literally ground the space.
Rather than depicting a traditional mural, the neutral tilework in this kitchen creates a stunning floral design with unexpected hues of blue and maroon.
Take a risk when choosing a backsplash color to create a fun space the whole family can enjoy. Once you decide on a color, carry it throughout the kitchen with accessories like these green apples.
Inspired by the blue-gray veining on the countertops, designer Matthew Quinn chose matching subway tile for the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. The dark color of Pratt & Larson’s Rustic tile sets off the hood, and its large scale — 6 by 10 inches — suits the large space. Instead of merely doing a backsplash, Quinn ran the tile up to the ceiling. “It feels more like a French bistro this way,” he says.
When the kitchen’s visible from the living room, the backsplash can’t be ho-hum. Sara Gilbane chose Ann Sacks’s Moroccan tiles to fill the space between the cerused-oak cabinetry in a Florida home.
Warm colors reign supreme in this cozy, old-world kitchen. Designer Sandra Bird laid Ann Sacks’ Gothic tiles in a harlequin pattern above the bar for a playful touch. With five different shades (Sorrell, Otter, Champagne, Cream, and Willow), the same colors never touch.
Designer James Howard infused simple, classic lines in this transitional kitchen. The stained rectangular glass tile backsplash combined with the cabinet hardware gives the space a horizontal design.
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“In a room this big, with east and west exposures, all this gray is grounding,” says designer Joe Lucas of this Southern California bachelor pad. The wall is covered with acid-washed Seagrass limestone from Classic Tile.
“I wanted it to feel as if you had taken an old kitchen and brought it up to speed,” designer Christopher Peacock says of the 2013 Kitchen of the Year. Beadboard, painted in Calcium Wall Emulsion Paint from Christopher Peacock Paint, compliments the open shelving.
This sleek, pristine kitchen gracefully blends cottage-style cabinets with an elegant marble backsplash. The matching backsplash and countertop keep the look unified and polished.
This series of bronze tiles adds visual interest to the kitchen. The tiles are placed in different directions to resemble piecing a puzzle, resulting in a fun pattern. Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Hardware
The Manhattan version of a farmhouse kitchen features white-tiled walls with gray grout. White cabinetry and a milk-glass chandelier add to the sun-drenched feeling.
Don’t forget about your outdoor spaces. Chelsea Blues tiles from Mosaic House grace Lulu Powers’s backyard bar, creating contrast with the lacquer-treated copper countertops.
A liberal dose of spicy orange is what makes this California kitchen really special. Designer Melanie Coddington says it all started with the backsplash: Contessa Pagoda tile from Walker Zanger.
Loom glass tiles in Silver Silk from AKDO brighten our 2016 kitchen of the year. The subtle sheen only adds to Matthew Quinn’s dazzling decor.
Archive beveled tile by Waterworks laid in a stacked bond provides a clean backdrop for a 1905 kitchen’s custom range.
Handpainted Talavera tiles from Mission Tile West brighten the kitchen in a 1920s Santa Monica home.
Mirrored tiles maximize light in this Manhattan loft,which jazzes up the painted bamboo bar for glitzy entertaining.
Sandwiched between glass, a piece of Lee Jofa’s Lauretta fabric becomes a delightful accent in an English country-style kitchen.
Megan Rice Yager warmed up this cabin-style kitchen with walls in reclaimed wood. Of course the pewter outdoor lanterns don’t hurt, either.
Ceramic subway tiles are decorative and durable, making it a great backdrop for a cooking range. Designer Rebekah Zaveloff used a ceramic white tile backsplash to carry through the monochromatic theme in this all-white kitchen.
“Often, we’ll carry the countertop stone up onto the wall, but I felt like this hand-glazed terra-cotta tile from Mosaic House added a great organic quality,” says designer Robert Stilin. To combat the inevitable “oil-splatter scrub down” behind a TriBeCa loft’s range, he chose a stainless steel backsplash from Wolf like those used in restaurant kitchens.
A backsplash can often be the focal point of a kitchen. Designer Gail Drury had this in mind when she designed this intricate tile backsplash framed by the stone hood.
The backsplash should be one of the main focuses when remodeling your kitchen. HGTV fan cc_insidearch used curved glass tile for a basketweave look, which draws the eye straight to the backsplash.
A coordinating mosaic (handmade Idris tile from Ann Sacks) picks up the soft blues of the island in an inviting Dallas kitchen.
This subtle backsplash gets its oomph from textured tiles in various shapes and sizes. Subway tiles provide the backdrop for picture-framed tiles, set on the diagonal and highlighted with small accent tiles around the border.
Adding tile to your backsplash can get pricey. HGTV fan LaylaPalmer designed a classic look without the price with a beadboard backsplash.