Kitchen Inspiration: 10 Tile Backsplashes That Totally Steal the Show

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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)