These Brick Backsplash Ideas Make the Case for a Rustic Kitchen Makeover

pink brick backsplash with wood countertop and open shelving
credit: Little Greene

If you've always dreamt of having a Brooklyn loft à la Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl, well, you're not alone. But for those of us who live in the real world, with real rent, there's no better way to get that industrial look than with a brick backsplash in the kitchen. Whether exposed or new, brick can make an ideal accent in your culinary headquarters, adding rich color and texture to your space. And if you needed anymore convincing, here are a few pros and cons to mull over.

As mentioned, brick imparts an industrial aesthetic, and you don't need to live in a warehouse to get the look. In fact, you could easily do the work yourself or, to be safe, you can always hire a professional to install your brick backsplash. When it comes to interior style, the rust-hued material works well in modern, contemporary, rustic, and country settings — there's genuinely a way to make it work for just about everyone.

When it comes to the cons, brick can be hard to clean due to its high absorbency level and rough texture. It easily absorbs liquids and can stain as a result of certain foods, not making it the easiest backsplash to maintain.

Still on the fence? Here are seven chic kitchen backsplash ideas that'll inspire you to give your home a lofty makeover.

1. Fill the entire wall.

navy blue kitchen with brick backsplash
credit: Hornsby Style

Wall-to-wall backsplashes are hard to do, but brick makes easy work of it. If the industrial material is already exposed, you don't need to do anything. In this case, complement it with stainless steel, wooden shelves, and a navy color scheme like Sharon from Hornsby Style. You can't go wrong!

2. Decide on your arrangement.

Another all important factor to consider with a brick backsplash is how you're going to install your brickwork. Will you go with a classic stacked style, or opt for something more playful such as herringbone or crosshatch? This minimal white kitchen backsplash by Sita Montgomery Interiors showcases a running bond style, so each tile starts in the middle of the tile below it.

3. Create a rustic feature.

Adding a brick backsplash behind the stove in a herringbone pattern will definitely be a rustic feature that infuses your cook space with character and texture. Jenna Sue Design created a focal point in this modern industrial design with exactly that, complementing the scheme with copper wall sconces, black cabinets, and wood countertops. Swoon!

4. Extend upwards.

exposed brick backsplash in modern warehouse kitchen
credit: Tom Howley

If you're one of the few lucky enough to have a Dan Humphrey-esque loft, we're officially jealous. But more importantly, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Follow the lead of designer Tom Howley and take (or keep) the exposed brick from the floor to the ceiling for a dreamy industrial backdrop. No other backsplash is required and the finished result is open and airy.

5. Do something different.

Be still our beating heart. This terra cotta brick backsplash by Leyer has us swooning thanks to its originality. The pale coral bricks have been arranged vertically, adding a warm glow to this simple white kitchen. Is it too late to add this to our 2020 kitchen trend predictions?

6. Paint it.

pink brick backsplash with wood countertop and open shelving
credit: Little Greene

If you're a fan of brick backsplash ideas but not necessarily the traditional rust hue, paint it. Opt for a color that matches your space and your personality like this playful pink shade, appropriately named Confetti, from Little Greene. The finished result will look completely unique, plus it will be easier to clean, too.

7. Whitewash it.

The rustic brick backsplash in this kitchen by Jennifer Johnson almost looks too good to be true. But rest assured it is in fact real (even if there are some brilliant brick wallpaper alternatives out there). This whitewashed kitchen backsplash idea was achieved by simply spreading a thin layer of white grout over the top of the brick and voila!


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.