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12 Brilliant tile backsplash ideas for a timeless effect within your kitchen
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12 Brilliant tile backsplash ideas for a timeless effect within your kitchen

Irina Tomsa / December 2, 2021 - views 1 - 0 likes

A perfect backsplash to match your style and complement the kitchen in the finest way is halfway to success, and by success, we mean a stylish kitchen that meets your standards and follows the latest tendencies. From taking the entire wall to covering only the space between the countertop and cabinets, the backsplash options impress us with the variety of textures, colors, and designs. Nevertheless, the slightest mistake can spoil the picture. First things first: besides its stylish effect, a backsplash should be functional as well. Therefore, the best option in this regard is a tile backsplash. 

To make it easier for you, we came up with a list of gorgeous ideas for tile backsplashes to match any interior design. Regardless of the style of your kitchen, be it a cozy farmhouse or an ultra-modern setting, you will surely fall in love with one of the following suggestions. Let’s dive into this world of textures and colors!

Definite borders with illuminating white

Fresh, clean, versatile, brightening, clear; the list can go on and on. All these features are contained by the neutral white color. You cannot spoil any kitchen style by opting for a white backsplash. We would like to emphasize an aspect: avoid bold-colored grout and opt for white or another neutral color for this element. This way, the pure look of your backsplash will not be disturbed. 

As regards the shape and layout, feel free to choose an option that meets your preferences, from subway tiles to culture-inspired ones, such as the Arabesque tiles (the stunning effect of the latter can be admired in the last photo).

Intriguing effect with classy black

Quite a bold switch from the previous option, but worth the try. Black promises to prevail over the coming trends in interior design, and a choice in this respect will surely keep you within the trendy limits. Considering that black absorbs lights, one should combine it with a bright-colored kitchen, particularly white. 

If bold decisions are about you, don’t hesitate to integrate this impressive shade into your kitchen. The most common option that will undoubtedly work for any style is the subway tiles; no contrastive grout in this case as well. Consider glossy surfaces for traditional settings to reflect the beauty of your kitchen, and opt for matte surfaces for contemporary kitchens to keep it modern yet with a touch of mystery.

Exciting play with colors and shapes

Does a neutral backsplash sound boring to you? Are you willing to achieve an original result, even though it implies effort? We have the best option for you: go with mosaic tiles, and one way or another, you will definitely reach the wanted effect. 

Consider impressive designs to match an Art Deco style or fit a retro environment. From outstanding shapes to bold colors, use your imagination at the maximum and make a masterpiece out of your backsplash. Artistic minds require artistic environments; why not set the latter in an original way and opt for a unique backsplash?

Exquisite chic with marble patterns

One of the most popular textures is ready to impress us with new variations. There is no doubt that your kitchen will benefit from the effect of elegance that only marble can set within a space. 

Forget about the common marble tiles; go bold and fearless with the latest options this material offers. For an ultra-modern effect, consider dark marble tiles and add a little bit of drama. On the other hand, opt for light marble to suit a traditional setting, although it will work as perfectly within a contemporary kitchen. The uniqueness of this approach consists in opting for large marble tiles to increase the effect.

Irreplaceable raw effect

A modern kitchen, particularly one that fits into the limits of the loft style, cannot go without a splash of raw texture. What can ensure this effect better than a quality concrete replication? Consider tiles that imitate concrete at their finest, from smaller to larger shapes and bolder to calmer shades.

The larger the tiles are, the more successful the result will be. Nevertheless, playing with small tiles of this kind will ensure a similar effect, although a little calmer one. If the bold gray color seems too cold for you, you can always switch to a softer shade and adapt it to your liking (take a look at the last photo).

Embrace tradition with the Mediterranean style

For those to whom integration of tradition into their kitchen and opting for a style alike is a priority, a backsplash that complements the respect for values and reflects particular cultures is mandatory. 

Fortunately, the Mediterranean style implies those features and is ready to meet any expectations due to the variety of colors and patterns it involves. It will suit particularly farmhouse kitchens or coastal settings. Go bolder and opt for an accent section covered with tiles of this style to emphasize their vibrant effect.

Soft repetitive patterns

A kitchen will always benefit from a splash of vibrance unless you are looking only for neutral colors. Even when it comes to bolder shades, a soft approach is required. Stick to your favorite color and opt for calmer undertones. Accompany it with a particular shape, be it a replication of subway tiles or a nature-inspired pattern, and your unique backsplash is ready. Why is it unique? Because it bears a particular meaning to you since we do not choose our favorite colors without reason. 

We would like to inspire you a little bit and offer you some examples of soft shades that are trendy now:

  • Sandy beige. A flexible and conservative shade that will set a relaxing environment;
  • Soothing green. A vibrant yet calming color for a natural effect within your kitchen;
  • Calm pink. A stylish shade, full of vibrancy that will keep it within limits, but undoubtedly up to date;
  • Fresh blue. A crispy color filled with scents of the ocean breeze for a sense of cleanliness and calmness.

Make it an accent

Unusual patterns and eye-catching colors; that’s what makes an accent backsplash. Seek inspiration in nature, a particular culture, or your imagination and come up with outstanding designs. 

One cannot fail to notice that such a source of beauty within a limited space as the kitchen requires a neutral background. Therefore, such an option will work for you if your kitchen cabinets do not involve any bold shades. Make the backsplash sparkle at its finest and enrich the environment with energy.

Bring in the Portuguese culture

Are you ready for another splash of vibrance? In the same flow of ideas reflected in the previous option, we would like to draw your attention to the Portuguese tiles. The richness of colors and patterns applies here as well, but there is one peculiarity that defines this style. Each tile comes with its own design, thus, impressing you at every glimpse. 

Embrace cultures from a new perspective and opt for the bold Portuguese tiles. Vibrance will surely be one of the first features to enter your kitchen. It is probably unnecessary to emphasize the need for a neutral background since such a bold design implies this aspect from the start.

Bring the outdoors indoors

Bold, natural, vibrant, impressive; all this goes with a nature-inspired backsplash. From the popular beehive shapes to exquisite mermaid patterns, leaves, and basketweave designs, add texture to the environment without bringing in real materials but imitating them perfectly with smart designs. 

It is to be noted that particularly emerald green and royal blue are applied in this respect since their popularity does not cease to lead the top trends. Not as bold as the previous options, but as effective, this natural approach to the backsplash will surely make your kitchen look as out of a fairytale.

Make it shine in a new way

Since reflective surfaces, such as brass, copper, gold replications, and steel have been very popular lately, we suggest integrating them in the most unusual ways. What does a backsplash with a reflective copper surface sound like to you? Quite bold, but undoubtedly original, and isn’t it the result we are all striving for? 

These particular tiles with reflective surfaces will throw new light on the entire design of your kitchen. If you are not afraid to try new things, this option is the boldest you can opt for. Just imagine the playful sparkles of light that will go through such a backsplash under the influence of sun rays or any source of light within the room. The whole picture can be described in two words: magic and impressive.

Back to nature

Now that we have gone through a lot of options that include various colors and patterns, we cannot finish the list without mentioning the natural textures. Of course, considering that we speak about tiles, we cannot refer to real textures. Nevertheless, the quality replications will work as perfectly.

One of the leading tendencies is the tiles that imitate the wood surface. Both practical and stylish, such an approach adds a touch of originality and warmness to the environment. This alternative reminds us one more time that nature is an inspiring source for those who look for comfort and beauty.