When is a backsplash not just a backsplash? With a little attention to detail, these eleven kitchens take the backsplash from a run-of-the-mill design feature to the focal point of the whole room.
Above: Hexagonal cement tiles make an arresting pattern on the backsplash of a Swedish kitchen from Houzz.
A brass bracket directly under the cabinets sets this kitchen from Fantastic Frank apart.
A Brooklyn kitchen by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design sports an unusual backsplash detail — a long, narrow recessed shelf. (Check with your architect to see if this is something that's possible in your kitchen, as it will involve cutting into the studs.)
You've seen tiled backsplashes, but maybe you haven't seen one quite like this backsplash from Made a Mano, which is made from just three pieces of colorful, oversized custom tile.
Here's a very beautiful and very simple detail from The Hunted Interior — a marble backsplash with a scalloped edge.
The stunning brass backsplash in this kitchen from Dahlarna definitely steals the show — and it coordinates with the modern pulls and toe kick, as well.
So this design from Shubin + Donaldson doesn't really have a backsplash per se — just a tile pattern that continues from the floor up the wall behind the kitchen, for a lovely and somewhat surreal floor/wall continuity.
Another scalloped marble detail, this one behind a stove. I can see this working equally well in a traditional kitchen, or as a bit of a grace note to a very minimal modern space. Image from Lonny.
From Tile Junket, another intriguing way to use hexagonal tiles.
Emily Henderson designed this marble backsplash with a subtle brass accent. While not quite as attention-getting as some of these other examples, it's equally lovely in its own modest way.
A recessed niche in the backsplash — filled with delightfully contrasting cement tiles — enlivens this kitchen from Leva & Bo.