Kitchen Decor: Inspirational Backsplashes

Here are some great creative backsplashes I came across today browsing the Internet looking for architectural design firms. Maybe these modern backsplash ideas aren’t made to fit in your kitchen but I think there’s definitely some material to keep for later inspiration, who knows?

modern kitchen backsplash image

The granite backsplash and counter show great stone veneers in multiple shades of neutrals. The backsplash looks almost like an abstract painting from Zao Wou Ki.

unique backsplash ideas picture

Subtle but sophisticated! This monochromatic backsplash and its geometric pattern offers an understated accent to the gray-washed cabinetry. Sober texture and pattern soften the room with elegance. I like especially the rift-cut oak kitchen cabinets: the modern lines of the backsplash contrast with the driftwood and the shiny metallic doors handles.

contemporary kitchen blacksplashes photo

This smaller, intricate tiling has a lot more texture than larger tiles. Still easy to keep clean, we have a nice mix of neutral colors here.

easy backsplash ideas photo

The kitchen is highlighted by a glass backsplash that covers all of the blue wall from the counter to the ceiling.  This concept for a backsplash is very interesting. Note that there are no cabinets above stove; this emphasizes the blue backsplash. The paint behind the piece of glass reflects on the counter top too, giving a feeling of space.

Beautiful kitchen blacksplashes picture

Great idea to have this openness of the shelving. I love the contrast of the wood with the neutral colors of the travertine tiles.


This blue mosaic tiling adds a funny liquid motion, contrasting with the rigorous lines of the cabinetry.

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Bubbly like a caramelized carbonated beverage, this backsplash above the stovetop seems almost effervescent!

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This kitchen is really beautiful. The mother of pearl mosaic tiling offers an incredible iridescent quality. Everything is subtly crafted, from the delicate backsplash to the solid countertop and industrial bar stools.

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Here we have nice light blue subway tiles. The layout is quite unusual with the stovetop between these two windows but the thyme plant kicks out the disturbing symmetry. The look feels both modern and rustic. And such a tall plant creates a fun design element!

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We like the stainless steel shelves instead of the typical wooden or lacquer cabinetry. This complements the thin imbricated tiling with a stronger horizontal and shiny line. Very graphical.


decorative kitchen blacksplashes photos

The tile and the efficient use of color offers this small space a dynamite look! Look carefully and you’ll see that color scheme of the backsplash uses complementary colors of orange and blues, arranged with subtle proportions.

Photo credits, by order of appearance:

  • 1. Wolfe Rizor Interiors — Winter Park, FL, US 32789 — www.wolferizor.com
  • 2. Venegas and Company — Boston, MA, US 02210 — www.venegasandcompany.com
  • 3. Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Bethesda, MD, US 20816 — www.CaseDesign.com
  • 4. Griffin Enright Architects — Los Angeles, US 90066 — www.griffinenrightarchitects.com
  • 5. W. David Seidel, AIA – Architect — San Francisco, CA, US 94123 — www.wdavidseidel.com
  • 6. New Mood Design LLC — Atlanta, GA, US 30319 — www.newmooddesign.com
  • 7. Ken Kelly, Inc. (CKD, CBD, CR) — Williston Park, NY, US 11596 — www.kitchendesigns.com
  • 8. Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs — San Francisco, CA, US 94123 — www.artisticdesignsforliving.com
  • 9. Becky Harris — Photo Credit: Aimée Herring ©Filipacchi Publishing
  • 10. Mueller Nicholls Cabinets and Construction — Oakland, US 94607 — www.mnbuild.com
  • 11. Mosaik Design & Remodeling — Portland, OR, US 97239 — www.mosaikdesign.com
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