Trends may come and go, but these popular backsplash tile ideas for kitchens are must-knows for anyone considering a reno.

By Lauren Phillips
January 09, 2019
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Even if determining it’s time to tackle a kitchen renovation is an easy decision, picking the details of that renovation can be less so—especially when it comes to picking just one backsplash tile idea. The addition of a kitchen backsplash can take a space from pretty standard to completely impressive, but for such a small-scale add-on, it’s a challenging choice.

With kitchen trends constantly shifting, being confident that a backsplash tile idea will last as long as the kitchen does—a few years, at least—isn’t always a sure thing. Trends in larger kitchen features such as appliances, countertops, and kitchen cabinet paint colors seem to be all over the place, popping up, disappearing, and then making a comeback every few years, and kitchen backsplash designs are in the same boat.

An increasing flexibility in kitchen decorating means kitchen trends have a little more staying power, though, and being on-trend isn’t the end-all, be-all it once was. Remember the days when it was white kitchen or bust? Now, kitchen color schemes are gaining a little more variety, and backsplash tile ideas are doing the same.

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Of course, with more kitchen backsplash pictures floating around, it’s more important than ever to know what backsplash tile ideas suit your style and taste. Subway tiles aren’t the only trending choice anymore. Kitchens have backsplashes of all different colors, tile shapes, backsplash designs, and more, and finding the right look is a matter of being aware of all the backsplash tile ideas out there and knowing which one will look best.

These kitchen backsplash pictures feature kitchen tile backsplash ideas of all different styles. Take a look, and take note of which is most eye-catching for you—it could be the perfect look to give the kitchen that polished finish.

Gray backsplash

Is gray the new white? Maybe not, but a pop of gray can spice up any all-white kitchen. (Bonus points if it has an irregular shape, like these kite-shaped tiles.)

Blue backsplash

Textured blue tiles with complementary accent tiles in a standard rectangular shape make this kitchen backsplash a focal point for the space.

Moroccan-style tile backsplash

Painted tiles in a irregular pattern create a Moroccan tile backsplash. Small-scale patterns can lend a space energy, while a large-scale pattern has a more soothing, laidback feel.

Brick backsplash

Exposed brick is still trending, and the faded, rustic look of this brick backsplash brings new energy to white cabinetry and countertops.

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White kitchen backsplash

All-white kitchens aren’t as popular as they once were, but white kitchen backsplashes are still having a moment. Pair with colored cabinets to avoid a washed-out look.

Herringbone backsplash

Give backsplash tiles of any color an unexpected arrangement with a herringbone backsplash pattern. Try alternating colors or finishes (glossy and matte, for example) for extra pizazz.

Rustic backsplash

Exposed natural wood helps create a rustic, farmhouse feel.

Wood backsplash

Paired with a monochromatic room, a wood backsplash of natural or finished wood adds a pop of color that also helps fill a space with warmth.

Subway tile backsplash

This tried-and-true backsplash tile idea is still going strong. Try subway tiles with dark grout for a contemporary, casual look, or go with white grout for a more sleek, elegant vibe.

Black backsplash

A black backsplash is a surprising twist that will have every visitor admiring your daring. Try tiles with varying finishes for a slightly softer look, or go with a uniform tile for a sharp, contemporary kitchen.

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Glass tile backsplash

Glass tile has a lighter, gentler look than porcelain. Try it for an elevated, almost ethereal backsplash.

Mosaic tile backsplash

Mosaic might be a little retro, but in the right kitchen, these little tiles pop.

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