A Moroccan Tile Backsplash in the Kitchen Is the Way to Go, Here's Proof

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Let's say that you're all about a white kitchen, but you'd love to bring in a dose of color and a pop of pattern to spice things up. Allow us to suggest a Moroccan tile backsplash.

In the land of kitchen backsplash ideas, subway tile tends to be king, but we're always down for a shake-up. A hint of Moroccan design could be just the thing your kitchen needs. These ceramic and cement tiles capture the Moorish approach to decor often found in traditional Moroccan architecture — an aesthetic with vibrant colors, striking shapes, and unique patterns.

For a head-turning backsplash that will instantly add global flair to your culinary headquarters, look no further than these six Moroccan tile backsplash ideas.

1. Match the backsplash to your cabinets.

Moroccan tile often contains a dominant color that can be clearly spotted throughout its patterning, such as dark blue in the case of this Moroccan tile backsplash chosen by Melanie of Love & Interiors. She utilized a clever design trick by matching the shade of her cabinets perfectly to the tile, creating a cohesive look.

Get the look: Ann Sacks Eastern Promise in Mamounia and Marrakesh, starting at $28.96 per square foot

2. Fish scale tile is versatile.

One shape often seen in the world of Moroccan tile is the fish scale silhouette, a shape that happens to make for an impeccable (and on-trend) kitchen backsplash idea. Even though they do have an ocean-like feel that would be at home in a beachy space, this particular Moroccan tile backsplash can work in a variety of spaces such as this one styled by Merichelle of We're the Joneses.

Get the look: Jeffrey Court Allegro White Fan 8.75 in. x 13 in. x 8 mm Ceramic Mosaic Tile in White, $11.94/square foot

3. Create an airy feel.

Even though a Moroccan tile backsplash tends to be colorful, you can always choose toned-down shades if you're aiming for a more neutral and airy vibe in your kitchen. We can't get enough of the delicately-hued pattern that Jennifer Muirhead picked for this dreamy kitchen.

Get the look: Walker Zanger Fatima Decorative Field, $24.30 per square foot

4. Mix colors and patterns.

With ornate visuals, perhaps you wouldn't think that you can mix together a variety of Moroccan-inspired tiles to create a unique backsplash. Well, we're here to challenge that idea with a kitchen by 3 Lights Design. The neutral white tile featuring an arabesque lantern shape partners perfectly with the radiating tile pattern above the oven range.

Get the look: Ann Sacks Eastern Promise in Mamounia, starting at $28.96 per square foot and Ann Sacks MADE Shapes in Marrackech 1 and 2, starting at $34.99 per square foot

5. Choose a bold hue.

As you can see, geometric shapes are a benchmark of Moroccan design, along with brave colors. When it comes to a kitchen backsplash, you can absolutely go all in with a bright hue, something that will act as a guaranteed conversation starter. That's what Justina Blakeney of Jungalow chose for this culinary space, which blends beautifully with the rest of the colors in this orange kitchen.

Get the look: Moroccan Mosaic & Tile House Alhambra Handmade Cement Tile, $104.57 per carton

6. Give the backsplash a starring role.

If you decide to opt for a Moroccan tile kitchen backsplash, why not allow it to take center stage? We love the way that Home Front Build paired this blue and white encaustic tile with warm wood cabinetry. The combination of the two, complemented by brass fixtures — like the striking lantern that hangs above the island — has resulted in inviting culinary headquarters bursting with global flair.

Get the look: Merola Tile Provenzale Lantern Bleu, $12.48 per square foot and Merola Tile Provenzale Lantern White, $13.87 per square foot


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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