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White Subway Tile Backsplash

When it comes to the kitchen backsplash, the sky is the limit. A nearly endless amount of designs — in many materials colors, shapes and sizes — are available. Whether you’re looking for subdued simplicity or elaborate creativity, there is surely something out there for you.

Plus, with a little creativity on your part, creating a custom backsplash design is no problem. A one-of-a-kind backsplash can really set your kitchen apart.

When selecting a backsplash, make sure you’re selecting one with the main elements of your kitchen in mind. Take samples of your flooring, kitchen cabinets, counter material, and paint with you to get a feel for how the different materials work together.

Also, early on in your planning, decide whether the backsplash in your kitchen will be a focal point or a background component. This focus will help you narrow your purchase options.

Below you’ll find a range of ideas and inspiration for your kitchen backsplash.

Subway Tile

White ceramic subway tile is classic and easy. Here, the backsplash’s simplicity matches nicely with the white shaker cabinets. Note how the tile was extended to the ceiling behind the range and hood to add detail and draw the eye up.

Natural Subway Tile Backsplash

Consider other neutrals for subway tile too. Pictured above, the bone colored tile with dark grout better complements the earthy tones of the cabinetry, countertop and the desert landscape outside. Whereas white may blend in with the walls, the off-white better emphasizes the space between the counter and the cabinetry.

Orange Subway Tile Backsplash

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Subway tile in other colors can also work too! In this kitchen, each of the golden orange tiles is unique and has a warm, vintage look.

Glass Tile

Yellow Glass Tile Backsplash

Glass tile is very trendy and comes in many, many shapes, colors and sizes. Here are warm yellowy orange brings some color to the cooktop area. Notice how the same tile is used to create colorful trim along the basic white tile backsplash.

Glass Tile Mosaic Backsplash

This glass tile mosaic brings some fun pattern into this kitchen. This mosaic is used effectively as the dark reds and neutrals of the tile bring in the colors of the cherry cabinetry and flooring. As a fair warning, glass tile may be popular today but soon may be yesterday’s look.

Marble Tile

White Marble Tile Backsplash

Marble tile offers subtle, natural variations for a look that’s varied but clean. In the simple kitchen above, the white marble provides more depth than a simple white subway tile.

Stone Tile

Small Tile Backsplash

The backsplash doesn’t have to make a bold statement, and sometimes when it doesn’t, it can be even more of a success. Pictured here, for example, the micro-sized stone tile gives this small area around the sink an alluring, subtle texture.

Travertine Stone Tile Backsplash

Stone mosaic tile has a natural charm that is both rustic and contemporary. No surprises here, but stone will inherently be different from piece to piece. Above is a silver travertine limestone backsplash. With its use throughout the kitchen, the stone backsplash functions more as a beautiful backdrop than a focal point.

Mosaic Stole Tile Backsplash

This stone mosaic is slightly different and features a range of sizes, shapes and colors of tile. Even with all the variations, the look isn’t too busy and actually nicely complements the natural variations of the cherry wood.

Stone Kitchen Cooktop Backsplash

Backsplashes can be a focal point and highlight other focal points as well. In this picture, stone tiles in varying colors accentuate the cooktop area. Notice how the tiles pick up browns from the walls and blacks from the counters.

Stone Wall Kitchen Backsplash

When paint isn’t enough, consider extending the backsplash across the whole wall. Here, natural stone provides a nice amount of texture and detail to a kitchen with white cabinets and black flooring.

River Pebble Backsplash

River Pebble Backsplash

Not interested in traditional stone tile? Maybe river pebble will do it for you. No pebble is the same and the natural shapes and colors offer an earthy, rustic look.

Exposed Wall

Red Brick Wall Kitchen Backsplash

If you have an exposed wall, you might not want to cover it up. As they say, if you’ve got it, flaunt it. Here, the bright red brick adds a bold contrast to a kitchen with simple white cabinets and black marble counters.

Metal Tile Backsplash

Tin Backsplash Kitchen

For a vintage twist on the backsplash, consider pressed tin. In this kitchen, the detailed metal adds a welcomed shine.

Beadboard Backsplash

White Beadboard Backsplash

Beadboard is less modern than tile, but comes without the installation hassle. It has a subtle, smooth texture and warmth. It’s also easy to clean and touch up, if needed.

Mirrored Tile Backsplash

Pink Kitchen with Mirror Tile Backsplash

Your backsplash is a great opportunity to add bold distinction to your space. Why not make a statement with it? The mirrored backsplash gives some cheery sparkle to this pink kitchen.

Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard Backsplash

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If you want a backsplash that’s endlessly customizable and super inexpensive, chalkboard paint may be in your future. You can keep lists on it, decorate it with patterns or your favorite quotes, and leave messages for family. Plus, it cleans easily with a little water for sleek black look.

Custom-Designed Backsplash

Custom Tile Chevron Backsplash

If you have the budget and want a backsplash that strays from the ordinary, consider a custom installation. Using a textile as inspiration, this chevron pattern was custom designed — from the size, pattern and color — for the homeowner.

There’s so much you can do with the backsplash. Don’t be afraid to use multiple materials around your kitchen too.

What are your favorite backsplashes? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!

Author: August Drilling writes for and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is a creative guy and enjoys writing and design. When not putting ideas into action, August can be found trying new recipes and catching up on the latest movies, TV shows and books, all with iPhone in hand.

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