Our Best Ideas for a Bathroom Backsplash

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Whether you prefer classic subway tile, rustic wood planks, or funky patterned wallpaper, a bathroom backsplash provides both protection and appeal. Find a material that fits your style and budget with these favorite ideas for a bathroom backsplash.

Tile Pattern

Add interest to a half bath by blending an array of tile shapes and textures. In this powder room, stark subway tile contrasts beautifully with black hexagon mosaic tiles. The inexpensive tiles create a bold geometric statement on a budget.


Wood Plank Walls

Horizontal painted wood planks are an inexpensive yet eye-catching bathroom backsplash solution, and lend cottage appeal to this beautiful blue room. Keep the rustic look contemporary with industrial-style lighting and a colorful vanity. 

Faux Concrete Finish

Complement a modern vanity with a hand-plastered backsplash made to mimic concrete. Troweling gray plaster created this handcrafted look; a strip of stainless steel provides protection. Pair with pops of green for a serene mix of earthy and industrial.


Waterproof Wallpaper

Punch up a powder room with a wallpapered accent wall. This graphic orange paper provides a dramatic impact to the small bathroom. For the most protection, opt for vinyl-coated wallpaper, which can better withstand moisture, and products labeled "scrubbable."

Pretty Penny Tile

Round penny tiles aren't reserved for the bathroom floor. Bring them up to your backsplash for a fun twist on tradition. Select a cream-color tile to warm up a small bathroom and complement earth tones.

Mixed Materials

Dress up white subway tile with a natural oak or bamboo trim. Honey-color grout warms the traditional bathroom backsplash and complements a neutral color palette. 

Watch our step-by-step guide to learn how to tile a backsplash.

How to Tile a Backsplash

Incorporate color and pattern into your bathroom with an easy tile backsplash. We'll show you how!

Make it Mosaic

Mosaic tiles come in large sheets, making them an easy DIY bathroom backsplash solution. Choose your favorite mix of colors or a shimmering glass finish for a look that is just your style. For this stunning yet simple backsplash, continue the tiles behind open shelves. 

Sea-Worthy Shades

Shimmering glass tiles grab attention in this updated take on tradition. The soft blue backsplash frames a modern vessel sink and wall-mount faucet for clutter-free design with a calming pop of color.

Oversize Tile

A crisp white backsplash made with large-scale ceramic tile sparkles against a dark wood vanity. Clean white grout completes the streamlined symmetrical pattern that continues in the slate floor beneath.

Bold Black and White

Spice up a quiet countertop with an eye-catching black and white backsplash. The narrow glass liner tiles serve as a functional focal point behind the contemporary vanity.

Learn how to grout a backsplash.

How to Grout a Backsplash

Put the perfect finishing touch on your bathroom backsplash with our tips for applying grout.

Classic Beaded Board

White beaded board is budget-friendly, durable, and so simple to install. Use it to panel the wall behind your bathroom's vanity for splash-resistant cottage style. 

Neutral Blend

Linear glass mosaic tiles add visual interest to a wall of limestone wainscoting. A durable, eco-friendly laminate rail that matches the clean-line vanity separates and showcases the neutral bathroom backsplash.

Small-Scale Subway Tile

Switch things up, and select petite subway tiles. The small-scale tiles provide extra texture thanks to additional grout lines. To visually expand a small bath, extend the neutral backsplash to the ceiling.

Fair and Square

A light blue backsplash made with square glass tiles adds visual depth above this warm wood vanity. The subtle splash of color is an unexpected update to its contemporary concrete countertop.

Rustic Wood Planks

Make a country-style statement with 1x6-inch wood boards cut from 8-foot lengths. Install the planks to one wall, then apply a light gray stain for added texture. A granite countertop brings out the rustic tones of the bathroom backsplash.

Pop of Color

Create a seaside escape in the comfort of your home with a bold blue backsplash. With varied shades of soft powder and deep navy, the beautiful linear tiles evoke deep, soothing waters and pair well with the soft gray veining of marble-framed mirrors. 

Global Influence

Moorish elements, like a shapely tiled backsplash wall, can help transport your bathroom abroad. The arabesque tile pattern complements a curved vanity mirror and resembles Moroccan architecture. 

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