Trending: Adding Unique Color and Patterns to Backsplashes

While the white kitchen seems to be a trend with staying power, we’ve noticed more homeowners choosing colorful tile backsplashes lately. That trend was evident in many of the most popular new kitchen photos added to Houzz from April through June. Which backsplash style is your favorite?

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Mosaic wall. A custom tile backsplash amps up the energy in this Seattle kitchen, which also features a chopping station.

Party tile. Teardrop-shaped teal and white tiles evoke the bubbling top of a glass of Champagne in this Canadian kitchen backsplash. The inventive pattern is more lively than a full wall of the teal tiles would be. Also, fading to white as the backsplash goes higher gives the space a more airy, open feel.

Halfway up. This intricate backsplash in a kitchen in Moscow goes halfway up the wall — just the right amount so that the detailed pattern doesn’t overwhelm the eye. Capping the backsplash with a shelf adds to the kitchen’s storage and design.

Mezzanotte. This hand-painted ceramic tile brings an artisanal look to a traditional white kitchen. Geometric pottery and wooden salt and pepper containers underscore the handmade feel.

Here’s a pulled-back view of the backsplash against the surrounding white Shaker cabinetry.

Happy pop. This kitchen features a neutral palette that gains visual interest from the sunflower-patterned mosaic tile, which adds an upbeat, energetic feel to the room.

A queen every day. This backsplash is a combination of geometric porcelain tile and wallpaper that features the likenesses of historic queens. The owner of this home — actually a houseboat in Sausalito, California, that belongs to an international lawyer — experimented with pattern and color for a truly unique floating residence.

Blue and sweet. This backsplash features hand-painted terra-cotta tile in cream with blue, black and rust accents, making for a unique color palette.

Chevron. Chevron is made up of continuous V shapes and is a close cousin of herringbone, a pattern frequently seen on wood floors that has a broken, or staggered, V pattern.

Double duty. Here’s a backsplash option: If you’ve got a gorgeous countertop, why not just continue it up the walls? These Chicago homeowners matched up the quartzite grain pattern beneath the range hood — it looks like an upside-down V — in their transitional-style kitchen.

Textural white. Unlike the rest of the kitchens in this story, this Atlanta space features a monochromatic backsplash. But its texture and unusual convex shape give the wall added oomph.

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