Playing around with color is daunting, but that's why a backsplash is perfect. It can create a subtle pop in a neutral kitchen, or add to an already bold room with very little work on your part. It doesn't matter if your dream kitchen is rustic and cozy, or modern and sleek, these tile design ideas have you covered.
When the kitchen's visible from the living room, the backsplash can't be basic. Moroccan tiles add color to oak cabinetry.
Blue Subway Tile, $8, wayfair.com
A sophisticated take on subway tiles, these crackled ceramic ones are glazed a pale blue, livening up this streamlined cooking space. It's just the glam touch to really make that black and gold hood shine.
White cabinetry contrasts a bold blue kitchen backsplash. (But also, check out how the brass cabinet drawer pulls complement the knobs on the La Cornue range perfectly.)
Loom glass tiles brighten Miescisko's 2016 kitchen of the year. The subtle sheen adds to the glam decor.
To combat the inevitable oil splatter, choose a stainless steel backsplash, like those used in restaurant kitchens.
If you want an all-white kitchen, play with texture so it doesn't look too basic. The movement in Calacatta Gold marble subway tile creates a dynamic backdrop.
Warm up a cabin-style kitchen with walls in reclaimed wood. Extend them to your backsplash and it's full-on rustic charm.
This updated coastal cottage has shipshape windows set in glass tile. Not your average kitchen backsplash.
The city version of a farmhouse kitchen features white-tiled walls with gray grout. White cabinetry and a milk-glass chandelier add to that sun-drenched feeling.
Gold-striped Calacatta marble tiles make a wet bar totally swanky and sophisticated. For extra oomph, they're arranged in a sunburst pattern around the window.
Think beyond tiles — wallpaper your backsplash instead! Coated with Teflon, this geometric-print linen wipes clean.
Instead of merely doing a backsplash, run tile up to the ceiling. It makes more of an impact that way.
Warm colors are perfect in a cozy, old-world kitchen. With five different shades in this harlequin pattern, the same colors never touch.
Coordinate your backsplash to the colors in your kitchen island. If you don't want it to look too matchy-matchy, vary the tones slightly.
Guess what? It's not actually brick. This rough-hewn terracotta tile could have fooled us, though.
Mirrored tiles maximize light. If your kitchen doesn't have many windows, this trick will save you. Just like that, your kitchen is gleaming.
Don't be afraid to play with color. Burnt orange can actually look warm and inviting in a kitchen.
If you want the ultimate English country-style kitchen, you need a floral backsplash. Keep the rest of the kitchen neutral, so it doesn't look too teddy-bear-tea-party cutesy.
Your favorite rug pattern looks killer on a backsplash. I'm obsessed with this marble chevron.
If you live by the coast, you need a blue backsplash. Keep cabinets white for the quintessential coastal color combo.
Don't underestimate the wow factor of adding a little subtle shine to your kitchen to complement those stainless steel appliances. This backsplash is made with tiles in Brushed Aluminum.
Handpainted Talavera tiles brighten the kitchen in a 1920s Santa Monica home.
Think gray is dull? Not even close — it's actually grounding in a kitchen.
The handmade texture of this backsplash feels homey and lived in. It's the rustic alternative to subway tile.
A custom-made tile backsplash brings this kitchen to life. The twisting vines even delicately go around the electrical outlet.
Rich woods and dark hues play up the warm side of modern style in a kitchen. This gunmetal tiles creates an iridescent backsplash.
These oversize glass tiles are backed in silver leaf to brighten the already light and fun cooking space.