Beautiful Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas

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Check out these ideas for beautiful glass, ceramic and stone tile backsplashes. Decide which option will work best for your kitchen style, as well as your budget. Also, discover easy ways to recreate luxurious backsplashes with new tricks to save money on material costs.

Framed Tiles

One of the easiest ways to install a tile backsplash in your kitchen is actually not to install it at all. For a highly customizable, easily removed backsplash, purchase a large frame that fills the area behind your stove, in a material and style that compliments your existing kitchen design. Select the tiles you’d like to create your backsplash with, then glue them to the inside back of the frame. Hang the frame above your stove, near enough to catch spills and splashes, but far enough to not be affected by the stove’s heat. If you ever decide to redo your backsplash, simply take the frame off the wall, and create a new framed tile mosaic.


This backsplash idea can be done yourself, or created by a professional installer, depending on how comfortable you feel. Visit garage sales and thrift stores to find old, chipped, outdated pottery and dishware to create your backsplash mosaic. Break dishes, cups, bowls and even teapots to form small tiles from the broken ceramic that can then be installed on the backsplash just like classic tile. Try to find pottery and tableware in colors that blend with your kitchen design theme, and you’ll save money on store-bought tiles by creating your own. For a truly unique backsplash, try installing cups or broken teapot halves protruding from the wall. They will take longer to clean than a flat surface, but this one of a kind look is sure to make your kitchen stand out.

Ceramic “Stone”

If you love the look of stone tiles for your kitchen, but can’t afford the increase in cost, try purchasing ceramic “stone” tiles. Many companies offer less expensive ceramic tile designed to mimic the look and feel of stone, allowing homeowners the opportunity to install the stylish look they want for kitchen backsplashes (and more) without the high cost. With the reduction in cost, try buying varying colors, shapes and styles for an intricate backsplash pattern.

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Mixed Tiles

If you’ve found highly stylized tiles you just can’t decorate without, but can’t quite afford, try mixing them with less expensive options. Place one decorative tile between several plain tiles, allowing you to purchase far less than would have been required to completely cover the whole backsplash. Surrounding the ornate tile with more subdued (and cheaper) tiles will actually highlight its style and uniqueness more than an entire wall covered with them. For even more of a unique contrast, mix together tiles of two different materials. Metal tiles paired with slate or glass tiles give an unexpected twist to traditional backsplashes, and can change the whole look of the kitchen. Save money and get the high-style tiles you want by mixing where possible.

Mirrored Tile

For a bold and glamorous statement in the kitchen, try installing a mirrored tile backsplash. Highly reflective, easy to clean and practically guaranteed to be unique, this style of backsplash is great for modern kitchens with a luxurious and fun loving design. If you’d like to test out the mirrored backsplash before permanently installing it, just design a framed version as described previously. Hang it above your stove for a few days, and get a feel for this distinctive backsplash style.

Repeat Your Flooring

Though it isn’t seen often, using the same material for your backsplash as your floor can be a chic and cost effective way to design your kitchen. Try using the same ceramic tiles or stone slabs on your backsplash that currently work as your flooring. If you have some leftover from your flooring installation, you may not need to purchase anything for your backsplash, saving you the time and money of shopping. Unfortunately, this option doesn’t work well with hardwood, vinyl or laminate flooring.


For a truly luxurious kitchen, marble tiles are a great way to go. Create a gorgeous and easy to wipe backsplash with marble in shades that tie in with your existing kitchen décor. If your kitchen is already predominantly decorated with darker colors, try using a light shade of marble with dark veins, or vice versa. Just be sure to wipe up spills and stains quickly.


Slate offers a beautifully colorful and sophisticated option for kitchen backsplashes. These look particularly striking if slate was used for the kitchen flooring as well. Lie the slate flat against the wall to clearly view the range of colors and patterns found within the stone, or stack small pieces on their side for a three dimensional, structured look.

Last Updated: December 19, 2011
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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