9 Creative Kitchen Backsplash Ideas Bursting With Originality

Taking a creative approach in your home doesn't stop at the paint job. It's ALL about the details. And in a kitchen, that means everything from the hardware to the lighting to the backsplash. But a creative solution doesn't have to mean a less functional one. Kitchen backsplashes have evolved and are now designed using a whole host of different materials — think wallpaper, wood, stone, and even cork. So if traditional subway tile just isn't your cup of tea, here are nine creative kitchen backsplashes that will wake up your culinary wild side.

1. Opt for a uniquely original tile.

colorful terrazzo pattern tile kitchen backsplash with open shelving and white cabinets
credit: Oh Joy!

Make life easy for yourself and select a tile that features the right amount of artistic flair. The Oh Joy! collaboration with Clé Tile features bright, colorful prints and while the creative design has already been applied, it's entirely up to you how to lay it out.

2. Get playful with colorful grout.

white tile kitchen backsplash with orange grout with green upper cabinets
credit: HØLTE

Struggling to stay away from the safety of white tile? Take a baby step and liven things up with colorful grout instead. This contemporary kitchen by London-based kitchen designers HØLTE has taken a basic grid-style backsplash to the next level thanks to a bright pop of orange. Go bold or go home.

3. Add a rustic touch with concrete.

We love a rustic-meets-industrial look, so it's no surprise that we've fallen head over heels for this dreamy concrete kitchen backsplash. Jeska from Lobster & Swan combined it with open shelving and handmade wood countertops to create an inviting country cook space.

4. Combine different textures.

You don't have to stick to just one kind of material for your kitchen backsplash — mix and match for the ultimate backdrop! This neutral design scheme by O'Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects combines pale-pink stone with a wood wall panel and shelf to bring a fresh approach. Think outside the box and go for materials that bring something different to the table.

5. Play with wallpaper.

floral wallpaper kitchen backsplash with stainless steel appliances and marble countertop
credit: Good on Paper

Can't find the tile you want for your kitchen backsplash? Use wallpaper instead! Lisa from Good on Paper spotted a gorg floral print showcased in Sunset magazine's 2017 Idea House and we are smitten. A layer of plexiglass protects the dramatic pattern so it can be enjoyed for years to come. The solution still functions as a normal backsplash and the end result is rather striking.

6. Go clean with stainless steel.

Stainless steel is a match made in heaven for natural materials such as plywood, polished concrete, and plaster. And this minimal kitchen by Larissa Johnston is picture-perfect proof. The design combines a stainless steel backsplash and countertop with all of the above to create a simple and sleek cook space that stands out from the crowd — a dream home kitchen for the budding chef in your family.

7. Use floor tile instead!

patterned wood floor tile kitchen backsplash with blue cabinets
credit: Mirth Studio

Don't just look in the wall tile section for your kitchen backsplash, head to the flooring area, too. You never know what treasure awaits you, as demonstrated by the dynamic hardwood floor tile in this kitchen. The Mirth Studio tile patterns have been randomly mixed and matched to create a backdrop that's completely unique and dripping with artistic charm. Just make sure you seal it to ensure that it's water-resistant.

8. Cork it up.

cork kitchen backsplash with black cabinets and white countertop
credit: Plykea

Fans of cork rejoice: This is the kitchen backsplash for you — pins at the ready. Seriously though, how photogenic is this stylish design scheme? Mix a cork backsplash with plywood and birch cabinet fronts by Plykea to create a beautiful kitchen full of light and contrast. Swoon!

9. Make magic with mirrors.

mirror kitchen backsplash with white countertops and blue cabinets
credit: Blakes London

There can never be too many mirrors in the house in our opinion, so why not let your kitchen backsplash in on the fun, too? A mirrored backsplash like the one in this culinary space designed by Blakes London can reflect light, making your space appear a lot bigger while simultaneously creating an eye-catching statement.


Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.