Popular kitchen backsplash styles

We’re lucky to live in an age of almost endless backsplash options. We can mix-and-match an array of textures, patterns, and designs to create something that captures our unique inner style, and project it into the spaces we create for ourselves. And what room is a better reflection of our inner-selves than the kitchen? There’s a reason it’s nicknamed “the heart of the home!”

We put together a helpful resource to guide you through choosing the best kitchen backsplash style for you. From classic subway tiles to modern mosaics and rustic wood paneling, we’re confident you’ll find the perfect complement for your kitchen!

Subway tile backsplash

Simple, easy on the eyes, and available in an endless array of colors and designs, subway tiles are a classic choice for kitchen backsplashes. You can find subway tiles in just about every color and shade under the sun, making this backsplash option one of the most versatile on the market.

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You can also put a unique twist on the classic subway tile backsplash by stacking the tiles vertically.

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Chevron backsplash

The iconic lightning bolt zig-zag of Chevron is a great way to bring some electricity to your kitchen backsplash. You can decide how much voltage you want by selecting either subtle, similar hues, or dialing it up a few notches with bold, contrasting colors. 

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Solid slab backsplash

Solid slab backsplashes are built using large blocks of material instead of the smaller bricks and tiles we’re used to seeing. The result is a smooth, seamless backdrop. Solid slab backsplashes are available in a variety of different materials like natural stone, wood, and stainless steel.

Stacked stone Backsplash

Natural stone, like wood, adds a rugged, organic feel to your kitchen. Stacked stone backsplashes come in a wide array of shades, from slate gray to warm sandstone and almost everything in between. While very beautiful, a stacked stone backsplash isn’t the most practical backsplash option: it’s hard to clean between the stones.

Hexagon tile backsplash

Geometric patterns have hit the remodeling world in a huge way this year, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be leaving anytime soon. Hexagon tile backsplashes have much of the same visual appeal as Arabesque (see below), but with harder lines and angles. All-white hexagon backsplashes create an ultra-modern aesthetic, while multi-colored tiles can be used in a beautifully variegated mosaic.

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Arabesque tile backsplash

Elegant, ornate, and eye catching, it’s no wonder that Arabesque backsplashes are all the rage. The organic pattern created by Arabesque tiles is a refreshing escape from the hard corners of subway tiles, bricks, and stacked stones. Depending on the color of arabesque tile you choose, the overall look can be clean and contemporary, like the picture below, or something more funky and bohemian.

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Glass mosaic backsplash

If you want a high-end look without the high-end price tag of natural stone, then a glass mosaic backsplash is an excellent middleground. Polished glass tiles have a stunning iridescent quality that are sure to light up the room. They can be a little tricky to clean given the gaps between the tiles. But the good news is that they don’t have the same pickiness when it comes to cleaning products that natural stone backsplashes are notorious for.

Square glazed ceramic tile backsplash

From 1950s diners to little old farm houses, this classic checkerboard pattern takes us back to the kitchens of yesteryear. While less common these days than rectangular subway tiles, square tiles are a true classic that will never truly drop out of style. For a vintage look, try pairing black and white tiles in a checkerboard pattern. If you’d like something more contemporary, try a muted color palette like shades of gray or the light beige and brown featured below.

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You can spice up this classic backsplash style by shrinking the squares down to create a busier, mosaic-inspired look:

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Glass backsplash

If your backsplash style is ultra-subtle, then a glass wall might be just what you’re looking for. Like the name suggests, a glass wall kitchen backsplash is a single sheet of glass affixed to the wall. Many homeowners choose to let the natural paint color of their walls shine through, although for a bolder look, you can paint the backside of the glass pane. A glass backsplash has the subtlety of a bare wall, but is much easier to clean than drywall. 

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Tongue-and-groove board backsplash

Wooden boards have an old-fashioned appeal, and they’re versatile enough to be paired with kitchen styles ranging from Old World to farmhouse and contemporary brick-and-glass. Painting your tongue-and-groove backsplash white or gray and pairing it with a butcher block countertop will create a quaint, rustic look. For something more contemporary, go with a black backsplash paired with dramatic marble or quartzite countertops. 

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Basketweave Backsplash

One of the most elaborate (and challenging to install) kitchen backsplash styles is the basketweave. Built with interlocking rectangular and square tiles, the end result is a backsplash that looks like it’s been hand-woven out of tile.

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