Whenever I am on the hunt for kitchen backsplash ideas, I actually turn to bathrooms for inspiration. Obviously, I am not the first designer to use bathroom material as backsplash tile, but I find that the products specifically design for the bath are often a lot bolder and more colorful than those created for the kitchen. For example, this cool miniature subway tile was actually intended to be used on shower walls. I thought that it would make an awesome glass tile backsplash in the kitchen between it adds a bit more visual interest than your standard subway tile and, surprisingly, was less expensive. Plus, it ties together the stainless steel appliances, grey cabinets, and black granite countertops together perfectly.
It is actually quite hard to find unique kitchen backsplash ideas because so many feature the same glass mosaics or classic subway tile. The kitchen backsplash designs they used in this home actually combine these two trendy finish in an unexpected and whimsical way. By staggering the classic white subway tile with small pieces of metallic inlayed glass, they were able to tie together both the rustic elements of the space (the large wood pergola design in the center) with the more traditional black and stainless steel stove. It is certainly not something I have seen elsewhere, but I actually think that it blends quite nicely with the sage green granite countertops and rich wood tones used throughout.
I stopped my hunt for kitchen backsplash ideas a soon as I found this cool geometric design. The awesome modern backsplash in this kitchen really helps to amplify the style in an otherwise fairly simplistic and monochromatic space. The variation in grey, white, and metallic tile adds visual interest and ties in all of the elements of the design from the cabinet finish, to the countertops, appliances, and everything in between. I realize after seeing these photos, that I rely on a similar technique to bring style to my designs. Oftentimes kitchen wall tiles become the focal point of the space just as in this house, because it offers and easy and fairly inexpensive way to add pizzazz that is just as easy to remove and replace if need be.
Is it just be or do the kitchen backsplash ideas they used here look a bit odd and unfinished. I will say that they were off to a fantastic start with the blue-grey glass backsplash tile paired with beautiful marble-look countertops, contemporary white cabinetry and stainless steel accents. The entire space screams contemporary chic and has a fabulous design in and of itself. However, I would have definily carried the backsplash tile behind the range all the way the wall or perhaps not done it at all. Having just a random floating square covered makes the design appear unfinished and a bit random -- two things you do not want in a kitchen. Perhaps the designer could even add accents of the same tile on the other walls just to give it a more finished look.
My favorite kitchen backsplash ideas are those that feature old world styles like this one. Some consider travertine to be very outdated, but I actually love the look especially paired with dark wood cabinets and stucco accents like they did here. The kitchen tiles they chose for the backsplash contrast nicely against the larger terra-cotta stones used on the floor and tie in the warmth of the stain they chose for the cabinetry. I especially love the faucet they installed over the range to make filling pots easier (that is definitely on my wish list). The finished it off with touches of farmhouse kitchen decor to highlight the rustic undertones of the space, and I think it makes the perfect combination.
So many kitchen backsplash ideas that I have been looking at feature some form of subway tile -- usually the larger 6 inch rectangles though. This particular kitchen backsplash tile really caught my eye because of the cool contrasting grey and black tones used throughout as well as the size of the actual mosaic. The smaller pattern and marble-like color scheme actually give a more traditional vibe to this very modern space. I love the dichotomy between the sleek wood and frosted glass cabinets and the classic marble look of the tile. These kitchen backsplash pictures do not do it justice, because the camera cannot capture the small nuances and metallic detailing that I saw when I looked at a sample in the store.