One of the easiest ways to make a statement in any kitchen is with a bold tiled backsplash. From beautiful textures to eye-popping pattern, the effect is a one-stop fix for injecting colour and dimension into your culinary space. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite examples of tile done right. Prepare to be inspired to add this unexpected, personality-rich component to your own kitchen stat.

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The painterly, watercolour-like look of this kitchen’s striking blue subway tile proves an apt foil for marble and metallic details. The perfect backdrop for a gorgeous brass-embellished hood, these soft tiles make for dynamic textural contrast.



Injecting pattern and vintage appeal into this Brooklyn kitchen, ceramic tiles are the perfect contrast to the home’s brick walls and exposed wood ceiling beams. Soft olive-coloured cabinetry and tailored, honed-finish countertops are a timeless addition to the room’s overall design.


Small mosaic tiles create a major graphic moment in this modern kitchen in an apartment with classic bones. Plain-front cabinets in a high-gloss finish fade into the background to let the statement wall design become this room’s focus.


The graphic patterned tile on this kitchen’s backsplash makes a powerful statement in an otherwise subdued design. Simple pieces used in the rest of the space enable the tile to become the focus of this room.


We’re totally charmed by this kitchen’s stunning high-contrast tilework. Packing some major graphic punch, the black-and-white design makes way for saturated colors like the unexpected orange interior of the glass-front cabinetry.