A slideshow of distinctive kitchen backsplash ideas.
Most backsplashes have a horizontal orientation, but you can still use it to add vertical tilt. The rectangular putty-tone tiles on this backsplash are set vertically, an upright approach that makes the kitchen seem taller and more spacious.
It pays to think outside the tile box when choosing a material. This backsplash looks like a million bucks, but it cost less than $100 -- the homeowners salvaged 18 antique terra-cotta roof tiles from an old library at $5 each.
Can't decide between two backsplash looks you love? Find room for both! This design blends high-gloss, crackle-glaze tiles in a classic subway pattern with an accent strip of tumbled-marble mosaic tiles.
Nothing says cottage style like beaded board, but if your backsplash takes a lot of splashing, you may not want wood covering the entire area. This solution soothes maintenance concerns by extending the granite from the countertops up the wall.
Backsplash patterns are often small and subtle, but don't be afraid to use large-scale designs to play up a small space. The three painted flowers on this backsplash are much bigger than life-size, directing attention to a corner-sink area that would otherwise lack a focal point.