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Truly Beautiful Backsplashes: Take Your Kitchen to the Next Level

(Image credit: Houzz)

When is a backsplash not just a backsplash? With a little attention to detail, these eleven kitchens take the backsplash from a run-of-the-mill design feature to the focal point of the whole room.

Above: Hexagonal cement tiles make an arresting pattern on the backsplash of a Swedish kitchen from Houzz.

(Image credit: Fantastic Frank)

A brass bracket directly under the cabinets sets this kitchen from Fantastic Frankapart.

A Brooklyn kitchen by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design sports an unusual backsplash detail — a long, narrow recessed shelf. (Check with your architect to see if this is something that’s possible in your kitchen, as it will involve cutting into the studs.)

(Image credit: Made a Mano)

You’ve seen tiled backsplashes, but maybe you haven’t seen one quite like this backsplash from Made a Mano, which is made from just three pieces of colorful, oversized custom tile.

(Image credit: Hunted Interior)

Here’s a very beautiful and very simple detail from The Hunted Interior — a marble backsplash with a scalloped edge.

(Image credit: Dahlarna)

(Image credit: Dahlarna)

The stunning brass backsplash in this kitchen from Dahlarna definitely steals the show — and it coordinates with the modern pulls and toe kick, as well.

(Image credit: Shubin + Donaldson)

So this design from Shubin + Donaldson doesn’t really have a backsplash per se — just a tile pattern that continues from the floor up the wall behind the kitchen, for a lovely and somewhat surreal floor/wall continuity.

(Image credit: Lonny)

Another scalloped marble detail, this one behind a stove. I can see this working equally well in a traditional kitchen, or as a bit of a grace note to a very minimal modern space. Image from Lonny.

(Image credit: Tile Junket)

From Tile Junket, another intriguing way to use hexagonal tiles.

Emily Henderson designed this marble backsplash with a subtle brass accent. While not quite as attention-getting as some of these other examples, it’s equally lovely in its own modest way.

(Image credit: Leva & Bo)

A recessed niche in the backsplash — filled with delightfully contrasting cement tiles — enlivens this kitchen from Leva & Bo.


Nancy Mitchell

Oct 13, 2016
Tim Padavic