13 Beautiful Backsplash Ideas to Add Character to Your Kitchen

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Colorful tile backsplash
Colorful tile backsplash (furniture4world.blogspot)

Liven up your kitchen with a unique backsplash.  Tile, metal, stone, mosaics and many other elements can be used to create unique backsplashes.  Here are 13 beautiful backsplash ideas to add character to your kitchen.

Natural stone tiles enhance this kitchen backsplash
Natural stone tiles enhance this kitchen backsplash (HGTV)
  1. Heavy Metal

Smooth stainless or copper tiles bring a refined luster to your kitchen.  You’re probably familiar with embossed ceiling tiles, but how about adding them to your kitchen backsplash?

Shimmery metal backsplash tiles
Shimmery metal backsplash tiles (woohome)
Vibrant metallic kitchen backsplash
Vibrant metallic kitchen backsplash (contemporaryinteriordesigns)
Embossed metal tile backsplash
Embossed metal tile backsplash (youtrick)
Embossed metal tile kitchen backsplash
Embossed metal tile kitchen backsplash (lightboxhome)

2.  Shimmer

Luminescent tiles create a magical surface in the kitchen that shimmers and glistens.  Try these around the sink or bar area for a dazzling effect.

Shimmering kitchen backsplash
Shimmering kitchen backsplash (HGTV)
Beautiful shimmery kitchen backsplash
Beautiful shimmery kitchen backsplash (afreakatheart.blogspot)

3.  River Rock

Create marvelous texture and interest with river rock on your backsplash.  Cover the whole wall or create an interesting pattern.

River rock kitchen backsplash
River rock kitchen backsplash (woohome)
River rock kitchen backsplash
River rock kitchen backsplash (flipboard)

4.  Nature-inspired Mosaics

Use pieces of natural stone, such as slices of agate or amethyst, with ceramic tiles to create a flowing and beautiful backsplash design.  Apply leaf-shaped or other nature-inspired tiles for a wonderful kitchen enhancement.

Mosaic tile backsplash
Mosaic tile backsplash (threepixels)
Beautiful flowing mosaic tile kitchen backsplash
Beautiful flowing mosaic tile kitchen backsplash (bestofinteriors)
Leaf tiles enhance this kitchen backsplash
Leaf tiles enhance this kitchen backsplash (ideahack.me)

5.  Patterned Mosaic

Use tiles to create a beautiful mosaic design or use a center tile and create a border with complementary pieces.

Beautiful blue and white tiles enhance this kitchen
Beautiful blue and white tiles enhance this kitchen (tumbledmarblebacksplash)
Blue and white ceramic tile backsplash design
Blue and white ceramic tile backsplash design (willowdecor.blogspot)

6.  Scenic

Transfer images to tiles for a very unique and personalized kitchen backsplash.

Scenic kitchen backsplash
Scenic kitchen backsplash (homedesignlover)
Photo transfer kitchen backsplash
Photo transfer kitchen backsplash (denta-mirafloreslodge)

7.  Corks

For the wine lover, put those corks to use by creating a cork backsplash.  Adhere the corks to tiles or directly to the wall.  Seal them with glaze for longevity and easy cleaning.

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Cork kitchen backsplash
Cork kitchen backsplash (pgday.postgres.arg.org)

8.  Chalkboard

If you like to change things up or enjoy the bistro style kitchen, install a chalkboard backsplash and have fun adding messages or patterns.

Chalkboard kitchen backsplash
Chalkboard kitchen backsplash (hometalk)
Chalkboard kitchen backsplash
Chalkboard kitchen backsplash (HGTV)

9.  Glass Tiles

Colored glass tiles make for an interesting backsplash.  These tiles can be arranged into creative patterns and colorful designs for a custom look.  Glass tiles have a wonderful shimmer that highlights the backsplash.

Colorful tile backsplash
Colorful tile backsplash (radiogosen)
Tile kitchen backsplash
Tile kitchen backsplash (youtrick)
Tile kitchen backsplash
Tile kitchen backsplash (HGTV)
Pretty green tile kitchen backsplash
Pretty green tile kitchen backsplash (decoist)
Dimensional tile backsplash
Dimensional tile backsplash (HGTV)

10.  Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles come in a great variety of shapes, sizes, patterns and colors.  They can be mixed and matched for whatever design you like.

Pretty pastel backsplash
Pretty pastel backsplash (jimoxuan)
Vibrant mosaic tile backsplash
Vibrant mosaic tile backsplash (mosaicology.blogspot)
Pretty blue kitchen tile backsplash
Pretty blue kitchen tile backsplash (napaproject)
Vibrant tile backsplash brings life to this eclectic kitchen
Vibrant tile backsplash brings life to this eclectic kitchen (ihisham)

11.  Subway Tile

Subway tile is a popular choice among homeowners.  It is classic and comes in a variety of colors.

Pretty green tile backsplash
Pretty green tile backsplash (shelterness)

12.  Unique Size and Pattern

For a modern look, try larger tiles with a wood grain or faux stone finish.  Even wood panels can be used for a classic kitchen look.

Beautiful tiles give this modern kitchen chic style
Beautiful tiles give this modern kitchen chic style (homeadore)

13.  Create a Design

Tiles don’t necessarily have to be placed square.  Create a stylish design, such as chevron, for an updated modern appeal.

Chevron design enhances this tile kitchen backsplash
Chevron design enhances this tile kitchen backsplash (yacineaziz)
Vivid chevron design gives life to this kitchen backsplash
Vivid chevron design gives life to this kitchen backsplash (decoist)

The kitchen backsplash is an area of the home that can be designed with creative touches for a personalized look.  Add shimmer, nature-inspired designs, or a simple subway tile for a distinct look in your kitchen.

 

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