Showcase: 10 Unique Backsplashes

With the vast array of glass, porcelain, and metal tiles on the market, the options for creating one-of-a-kind backsplashes in the kitchen and the bath are limitless. Here are 10 that stand out for their elegant simplicity, creative combinations, or artful aesthetics.

Simply Radical
A truly one-of-a-kind option, this colorful backsplash made with recycled skateboards is featured in a kitchen in the Lofts at Cherokee Studios multifamily project in L.A.

Round Up
This cheerful array is assembled with circle-shaped Blazestone tiles from Bedrock Industries, which are crafted entirely of post-industrial and post-consumer glass (mostly bottles); nothing is added, not even pigments.

Country Chic
This cozy-yet-contemporary kitchen was created with Daltile’s Glass Reflections 1-inch-by-1-inch Urban Camouflage Blend mosaic tiles, Metal Signatures Aged Bronze 6-inch-by-6-inch field tiles, and Acanthus Stone Accents.

On the Move
These shimmering Modono coated glass tiles—the Extreme Series in the Treviso pattern in Orchid Green—alter color as you move past.

Luxurious Leather
EcoDomo tiles are made with pre-consumer leather from BMW car seats, adding a rich look and feel to this ultra-modern kitchen update that appeared on DIY Network’s “I Hate My Kitchen.”

Drink Up
Vintage bottle caps make for an eye-catching, unique look. Image via.

White Stripes
This simple-yet-sophisticated backsplash is a perfect complement to the kitchen’s show-stopping exotic cabinets. Though seemingly solid from far away, a closer look reveals Crossville’s individual Color By Numbers Tea for Two tiles and coordinating 1/2-inch-by-12-inch Brown/Creme listellos.

Shore Thing
You can practically feel the sand between your toes and the salt air on your face looking at this beachy aqua-and-taupe bathroom backsplash. The installation combines Daltile’s Semi-Gloss in 6-inch-by-6-inch Spa; 1/2-inch-by 6-inch and 1-inch-by-6-inch flat liners in Artison Brown and Almond; and 2-inch-by-2-inch keystones in Uptown Taupe and Spa.

Rich Heritage
Walker Zanger’s Contessa hand-painted tiles draw inspiration from Morocco, Italy, China, Spain, and France, with traditional patterns updated in contemporary colors, graphics, and metallic glazes. The Sevilla pattern is shown here in Silver Leaf. At the top are Silver Arabesco tiles above a Xilo Bronze accent strip.

Show Stopper
This artsy installation features Modwalls tiles: stainless steel tiles, which are made with a heavy porcelain base and a 1-mm stainless steel overlay; ModDotz glazed porcelain penny rounds; and Brio ¾-inch glass mosaic tiles in color, clear, and pearl.

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6 Comments on “Showcase: 10 Unique Backsplashes”

  1. There are some great ideas in here! The leather wall really caught my eye, as well as the “showstopper.” So fancy! I wish I had seen these before I added a back splash to my kitchen counter. I am so happy with it though that I might consider doing another one somewhere else in my house if I can think of a good spot. I got really pretty porcelain mosaic tile from Directile if anyone needs a recommendation for a good tile co to use.


  2. Gman says:

    Wow! These backsplashes are more like whole wall coverings but unique. I can see now how a creative backsplash can really make a difference changing the mood of a kitchen. My wife would want to pick out her backsplash for the kitchen I am giving her for Christmas this year but these are some great ideas I can show her. I got the idea for the remodel from DIY’s “I Hate My Kitchen” the other day (and her constant nagging) after seeing a segment on flooring. I have my TV set to all HD so I was glad that DIY is in HD for my DISH Network employee account. In fact I get more HD channels than any other provider and right now the HD is free for anyone that signs up, not just employees. Now I can use the money I saved for a nice backsplash which if I end up getting any of these I’ll need a lot of.

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  4. Trude Casper says:

    Great ideas. Combining artistry and recycling.

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