When it comes to kitchen remodeling, the current trends in design have been keeping up with modern aesthetics of clean lines, neutral colors, and a general theme of “light and bright.” This is a great foundation and canvas. But what if you’re the type who likes a little pizzazz thrown in? It can be a little more difficult to go bold with the more substantive elements of a kitchen, like the cabinets, counter tops, or the island. Visually, these components command more “space” and focus of the eye. 

We have the perfect solution to your “needs a little something” desires that will break up the monotony, but won’t break the bank — backsplash. At the risk of sounding like a cheeseball, I’m gonna say that fun and interesting designs are putting the splash in backsplash. The days of dingy space-filling tiles are gone, and backsplash has earned its way into an important decision making role in kitchen design. 

I’m going to show you some fun, bold, simple and classic backsplash looks that will give you a greater appreciation for this seemingly small detail, that actually has a substantial affect on the look at whole:


I know we started off on “light and airy,” but on the opposite end of the design spectrum is moody and modern — with rich, dark colors and literal silver linings. Metallics and their sheen are a great way to add a flash of brightness for balance in a darker color palette.


If you’re looking for a backsplash to perfectly offset a more traditional look — without being too ‘off,’ look to a geometric design. This honeycomb tile in white is just what was needed for this updated midcentury modern kitchen. Not too loud, but the lines definitely say something. 


If you’ve gone with a more modern and minimalist look for the bulk of your kitchen design, using stone for your backsplash is one way to bring things down to earth a bit. Not only does it look like a high end material, but the originality in each individual tile will add a great deal of character to an otherwise “orderly” aesthetic.


If you’re not a fan of lines or any kind of “splash,” then some slats of marble or stone might be right for you, budget considering. This continuous and cohesive material is perfect for filling in the space with a clean and modern, yet luxurious look. 


Multicolor doesn’t have to mean bright and loud, it can be subdued while being “multi.” We love these variations of soft gray and white that compliment and act as a swatch for the color scheme in this beautiful modern kitchen upgrade. 

We hope these examples of beautiful and up-to-date backsplash ideas have you excited for this part of your kitchen remodel. The possibilities are endless, and the results can be timeless. Whether you’re a classic subway tile or a super-gloss marble type, the backsplash you choose is a great way to add a little bit of your personality to your kitchen. 



By Tania Mahmoudpour