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Photography by @crushcollective

If your kitchen is next on the remodel list, chances are it’s about to get a backsplash. We’re here to make it sure it gets a good one. In the photos that follow, you’ll find kitchen backsplash ideas for every taste. Black and white, copious color, and of course plenty of pattern. Click through, and happy pinning!

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Photography by @hunterkenihan

bold moves

We love the interplay of a bold print with an equally strong cabinet color. You might have thought this would be too much if you couldn’t see it in a real kitchen, but it totally works here.

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

“kenga” tiles

Sinuous, oversize helices with a glossy white counter would be even more dramatic accompanied by dark cabinets.

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Photography by TESSA NEUSTADT.

delicate prints

We love the subtly elegant nature of this demurely printed tile. It provides a cool contrast to the open shelving above.

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Photography by GIEVES ANDERSON VIA LONNY

towering tiles

Don’t be afraid to carry your backsplash all the way up to the ceiling. Here’s your proof for why it works.

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

classic subway tile

Old-standby subway tile feels refreshingly new in a light blue tint and paired with an ebony work counter surface.

What you need to know about tile:

Affordable and heat- and scratch-resistant. Grout, however, requires cleaning and regular sealing to protect from stains, and ceramic tiles can chip.

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Photography by ALEXANDRA ROWLEY

modern hand-painted moroccan tiles

Laying the same tiles on counter and backsplash creates a seamless field (and we love the surprise of exotic, hand-painted Moroccan tiles in an all-white country kitchen).

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

graphic wallpaper

Let an exciting print do the talking. Overlay with glass to protect the wallpaper.

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

natural glass mosaic tiles

The mottled greens and yellows of a glass mosaic tile play off the sleekness of stainless steel.

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

natural “repose” tiles in clarity

A sky blue paired with a dusty brown below—it’s like a Western landscape.

(Want more colorful backsplashes? You’re in luck—we have more!)

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

classic homey butcher block

Homey butcher block against painted nail-in tin has a lived-in country look.

What you need to know about butcher block:

It requires regular disinfecting and wiping with mineral oil to prevent brittleness.

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

ceiling laminate

This wood-grain laminate is meant for ceilings but also makes a beautiful backsplash (you can paint it any color).

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Photography by JAMES MERRELL VIA HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

dreamlike blue

This backsplash goes all in with color, and we love the statement. This sink area is a perfect backdrop for a small home bar to take up residence on the counter.

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Photography by @AGMGRANITE/INSTAGRAM

marble!

Of course we had to have a marble moment. If tile isn’t your think, here’s plenty of proof it doesn’t need to be.

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

modern laminate tiles

Two basic materials—4” x 4” tiles and an inexpensive laminate—that add up to the happiest kitchen ever.

What you need to know about laminate:

Cheap, stain-resistant and easy to clean, but doesn’t hold up to scratches or heat.

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Photography by CHRISTOPHER PATEY VIA MYDOMAINE

matching window frames

We love how the window frames took a cue from the color in the tiles here. They could have easily been left white, but this matching moment makes a much stronger statement.

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Photography by HOME DEPOT

reflective metallics

One of our favorite backsplash ideas ever, these metallic tiles are nothing short of showstopping. Which is probably why this backsplash actually makes for an entire wall.

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Photography by CHAPTER FRIDAY

classic white

There’s nothing wrong with keeping things cool and classic. White tiles provide a beautifully clean backdrop for the kitchen.

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Photography by UNPOLISHED-LIFE.BLOGSPOT.COM

colorfully adorned

The backsplash is a great way to make your kitchen remind you of travel and journeys you’ve loved. Taking a cue from Morocco, this tile plays with color and pattern perfectly.

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Photography by ADMAGAZINE.RU

going all in

If a country kitchen is on the horizon from you, don’t be afraid to make major moves with color. (And if color is what you’re craving, there are plenty more backsplashes to check out here)!

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

geometry lesson

The repeating shapes in this kitchen provide a smart sense of continuity throughout. Definitely one to pin for ideas!

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

moorish-style cement tiles

These handmade Moorish-style cement tiles look great with a natural material like butcher block or marble.

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Photography by LAURA RESEN

carrera marble

In this ultrasophisticated combo, the shimmering steel countertop echoes the intricate veining of Carrera marble.

What you need to know about marble:

More porous than other stones (like granite), so it stains readily. Seal it every six months.

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Photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT

a big deal in a small kitchen

The glossy white tiles here really help to open up this mini kitchen into seeming much more substantial than it is.

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Photography by @primitiveandproper

teal tiles

Cool teal hues add a sense of imperfection and interest to a kitchen that’s otherwise pretty traditional.

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Photography by @fireclaytile

shape sophistication

If traditional tile shapes bore you, forget ’em! There are plenty of shapes and patterns that will fit into the vision you have for your space.

Want more backsplash ideas? Of course you do. Check out more of our faves here and here.

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