If you're a homeowner, or even if you rent, there's no need for your kitchen to be a plain box filled with appliances. Like most people, we love seeing a fresh pop of contrast amongst a sea of white and wood, and if you're looking for something a little retro yet oh-so-trendy, green is the way to go. The color represents a sense of hope, health, adventure, and renewal; not to mention, it's the perfect reminder of the great outdoors and a complement to natural stone or marble countertops. If you're looking for a way to add a touch of the verdant hue to your own abode, why not try starting with your kitchen backsplash? Here are 15 design ideas to help you make it work. But be forewarned, they might just turn your dinner guests into green-eyed monsters.
1. Go tonal.
The beauty of green is how different shades of the same color work cohesively together. This culinary space by H&G Designs features fish scale tile in tumbled marble and beautifully demonstrates the ethereal effect of using alternating hues of teal green, seafoam, and mint
2. Make your backsplash the center of attention.
Adding a patterned backsplash is the perfect way to make a statement in your kitchen, and it works particularly well when the rest of the design is kept simple. For example, BAOO Studio contrasted the white oak and white lacquer cabinets in this bright cook space with a green hexagonal concrete floor tile and a green patterned concrete option on the kitchen wall. Who needs a subway tile backsplash when you can add this?
3. Be at one with nature.
If you're looking to create an earthy ambiance, a green kitchen backsplash works well with natural textures. The green herringbone mosaic tile in this subtle space by Studio Ezra reinforces the natural hues of the outdoors and perfectly complements the blonde wood kitchen cabinets.
4. Opt for a glazed tile.
Lucy Interior Design created a striking kitchen with a nod to midcentury and Moroccan styles thanks to the large square-shaped tile and warm wood cabinetry. The glazed tile's slight sheen helps this cook space look vibrant and fresh.
5. Marvel with marble.
Green marble will make for a unique addition to your cook space, especially if you use it on both the countertops and the backsplash. Interior architect Arjaan De Feyter did exactly that in this contemporary kitchen, allowing the intricately grained stone to stand out from the dark wooden cabinetry.
5. Don't finish it.
If you're up for a DIY, this is the way to go. Hexagonal tile that stops midway up the wall can look wonderfully imperfect and so intentional. The forest green, honeycomb-shaped tile in this culinary design by Studio 125 is perfectly paired with white countertops, white cabinets, and a farmhouse sink.
6. Or, go all the way.
Create an eye-catching feature wall in your kitchen by extending the backsplash all the way to the ceiling. Regan Baker Design created an accent wall with mint green subway tile, finishing the look with open shelving and a few pieces of art. Who needs paint when you have a full-height green kitchen backsplash?
7. Pair with wood for a boho feel.
Spring-inspired green hues will add a dash of fun and happiness to any room in the house, but they tend to work especially well in the kitchen. Boho queen Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow opted for a glazed mosaic option, that resembles glass tile, and combined it with rustic wood and lots of terra cotta. The result is a striking bohemian aesthetic.
8. Add a pop of color to white.
White kitchens are timeless classics, but they can leave you begging for a splash of bold color. Blogger Elana Loo was inspired by the ocean for her fresh culinary space and turned to Fireclay Tile to create this dreamy blue-green kitchen backsplash. We love how the hexagonal shape pops against the white grout, countertops, and cabinetry.
9. Do something different with beadboard.
Beadboard is a cost-effective alternative to a tile backsplash. And when painted, it can look super high-end. This kitchen styled by Jen Evans utilizes different tones of green within the cabinetry, beadboard backsplash, and an open shelving area.
10. Try a muted shade.
Choosing a muted shade of green for your backsplash will instantly give your kitchen a more expensive feel. Just take a look at this design by A 1000x Better. The sage tone adds some contrast to the white walls and cabinetry. As an added bonus, everything is outfitted with brass hardware.
11. Champion a maximal style.
If you're a more is more kind of person, go all out with the greenery — we're talking green cabinets, green backsplash, and a statement green wallpaper. Lily of Our Layered Home shows you how it's done.
12. Get groovy with geometry.
Try creating an optical illusion with your backsplash to make the kitchen feel bigger or draw the eye to a certain area. This geometric style from Clé Tile is a provocative blend of green and white, merging with the two-tone cabinetry perfectly.
13. Forget about perfection.
Dreaming of a kitchen that just makes you feel warm? Melissa of The Sweet Escape has created exactly that by combining imperfect glazed tiles with wood open shelving. It's the perfect mix of Moroccan meets modern.
14. Mix and match.
Your backsplash doesn't need to only consist of one type of tile. This boho kitchen has a few styles; a plain white subway option behind the sink and something a little more fun to complement the open shelving. The clever application will instantly draw your eye to the styled area of the kitchen.
15. Play with the arrangement.
Think outside of the box when planning the layout of your tiles. They don't need to be laid in a traditional horizontal style. This kitchen backsplash by Emilie Fournet Interiors uses alternating green tiles to create an interesting grid-like pattern.
Where to Shop for Your Green Kitchen Backsplash
Want to create your own green kitchen backsplash? Shop these stores for the perfect selection.
Clé started in 2009 when artist and designer Deborah Osburn began her blog Tile Envy before opening an online store selling tiles. Today, you can find everything from classic Moroccan zellige to glazed raku-fired tile from Vietnam to rustic Italian terra cotta at the shop. Plus, there are loads of gorgeous green options.
Home decor giant Wayfair has a handy filter in the backsplash section that allows you to search by color. Last time we checked there were over 4,000 green selections options, so you're in for a treat!
Inspired by the world around them, the Roca USA design team continually develops a curated selection of tiles, championing both current trends as well as timeless looks. We love the extensive range of styles and materials offered, specifically the Joy collection, which comes in multiple colors.