Kitchen Inspiration: 10 Tile Backsplashes That Totally Steal the Show

While you are no doubt aware that subway tile backsplashes in the kitchen are currently freakishly popular, we're here to show you something a little different. These tile backsplashes aren't modest or understated — they're anything but. If you want to add some showstopping color to your kitchen, look no further than these inspiration photos.

Above: a colorful geometric tile backsplash livens up the minimal kitchen of the beautiful Moroccan home we featured yesterday (originally from HomeLife). The home's owners, who also own a tile company, made liberal use of tile throughout, and the kitchen is no exception.

Encaustic tile looks lovely in a bohemian kitchen from Milk Magazine.

This Stockholm kitchen has covetable appliances and beautiful cabinetry, but it's those emerald green backsplash tiles that really draw the eye.

Marble int he kitchen is nothing new, but a backsplash of hexagonal marble tiles? Now that's noteworthy. We love the jagged egde detail, which adds just a little bit of punch to this well-behaved kitchen. Spotted on Coco Lapine.

Tamasyn, the owner of this lovely flat, admits to having made up the pattern of the tiles as she laid them. We think it turned out beautifully.

If you're not afraid of pattern, why not carry a bold design from the backsplash all the way to the floor? Kitchen by Shubin + Donaldson.

This gorgeous colorblocked backsplash is actually made of just three pieces of tile, each custom created by Made a Mano.

A more traditional pattern makes a nice counterpoint to a contemporary kitchen.

Why not go all out? A striped backsplash makes this modern kitchen anything but staid. (Also from Made a Mano.)

And finally, so nice we had to picture it twice: a geometric backsplash in a Scandinavian kitchen. Of course the rest of the kitchen is lovely as well, but it's that backsplash that really steals the show.

(Image credits: HomeLife; Milk Magazine; Fredrik Paulsen; Coco Lapine; Claire Bock; Shubin + Donaldson; Made a Mano; The Wall Street Journal; My Scandinavian Home)