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Do you notice a common theme among all these images? That's right…we're talking about backsplashes today. I love me a simple white subway tile backsplash, but lately, I've been swooning over a good patterned backsplash as well. Having a backsplash truly finishes off your kitchen, giving it a beautiful and seamless look. Without one, the lip of the countertop can be really distracting and totally stop the eye, disturbing the flow of the sight lines.
If you don't want to go quite as bold as the first image above (but really, how cool is that black and white?!), you can do something like the second image above and just vary the size of the same tile, giving it a more visual appeal. Or try a darker, more contrasting color with your cabinets (like the chunky gray subways) to give it that pop. It's a safe, but simpler way to go. Another fun way to change things up is use a lighter colored tile a grout it with a darker gray to give the kitchen some contrast. I adore the brick wall as a backsplash, too. Can't you just see that in an adorable loft or rustic/industrial home?!
My favorite of them all is the very last photo with the herringbone pattern. What I love is about it is it's not too overwhelming to your eye, but rather, it's subtle and still visually interesting because of the simple pattern. Had the herringbone been laid in any other color, it would have been too much, but the neutral tone blends perfect with the cabinets and doesn't take the focus of the room away. Note to self: I want a herringbone backsplash in my future kitchen. And a farmhouse apron sink. And a dutch door. I think that's it ;)
What is your favorite backsplash look?