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11 Backsplash Ideas For Kitchens With White Cabinets

Are you looking to add a backsplash to your kitchen? Maybe you are looking to make your kitchen more modern or perhaps want to add a splash of color. Either way, this article should inspire you to find the best backsplash for your kitchen.

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The backsplash you choose for your kitchen is your opportunity to show your personality in your kitchen. Whether that be with loud designs or bright colors, or a simple and neutral backsplash, your kitchen will look great with the addition of a backsplash.

This article focuses on kitchens with white cabinets; however, these backsplashes could look good with various colored cabinets. With that said, let's dive in!

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1. Modern Kitchen With Abstract Backsplash

First, you can see the very modern design of the kitchen with a neutral-colored stone backsplash. This design allows for a bit of fun despite the very sleek design of the rest of the kitchen; the backsplash and the plants hanging from the top cabinets allow for a homey feel.

This kitchen ties together nicely, staying neutral but not losing the excitement of the beautiful kitchen thanks to the abstract backsplash.

Black handles, sink and faucet, gray tiles and white cabinets

One major reason to put a backsplash in your kitchen is to avoid staining from any spills or splashes in the kitchen. With many different colors, this particular design allows for any potential staining to be hidden.

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It is very similar to the abstract backsplash just mentioned, with the same type of tile but features a slightly different design and color. It is a gorgeous option for peel and stick tiles.

2. Small But Stylish

Small kitchen with classic white furniture and modern floor tiles

In this image, you see a kitchen featuring a tiny backsplash wall. It is a very stylish abstract backsplash, and it looks very good, only covering that small piece of wall.

Just covering that small wall was most likely to make the backsplash less overwhelming. If you choose a more abstract or loud design, this may seem like a decent idea. However, one of the main reasons people use backsplash is to avoid water from the sink splashing up and ruining the walls.

As you can see in this image, the sink is on the other wall, and there is no backsplash to protect the wall. This is just something to keep in mind when deciding how much wall to cover; you will at least want to cover the wall behind the sink and the stove.

3. A Splash Of Blue

A contemporary home kitchen with stainless steel appliances and painted white cabinets

You probably notice the splash of color coming from the backsplash when looking at this image.

If you look very closely, you can see the style flow through to the living room in the back of the image. The furniture in the living room is white, but the walls are a matching blue of the backsplash.

It's a great way to create cohesiveness in your house by keeping a color scheme throughout every room.

This turquoise backsplash is the perfect product if you need more color in your kitchen!

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4. Light And Dark Contrast

New modern kitchen

As you can see in this image, the designers of this kitchen created a significant contrast between the light cabinets and the dark backsplash. This design adds a feature of neutrality that allows for modernization without too many abstract designs.

This is a simple kitchen that would be able to be decorated with any colors because of the simple black and white of every significant aspect of the kitchen.

You would have the freedom to use any colored kitchen towels, bright-colored countertop appliances, or place decorations on the counters that could be any color or design.

5. Elaborate Tiles

Beautiful luxury estate home kitchen with white cabinets.

Next, you can see a beautiful, luxury kitchen with a fancy backsplash. The designers elaborated with the backsplash behind the stove and kept the rest of the kitchen's backsplash simple.

There are many reasons you could use this style. Maybe you found an expensive tile you like and want only to use a small amount of it. Or you found a tile that is almost too crazy for the entire kitchen, and you only want to use a little.

Regardless, it works very well to bring attention to it and not take away from the rest of this space.

6. Granite Backsplash

kitchen in newly constructed luxury home

This kitchen has many beautiful features, like the pendant lights, the glass cabinets, the gorgeous island, and the granite backsplash. The backsplash is so simple yet so elegant in this kitchen.

It is a great design choice as it flows easily from the granite countertops. It helps tie the kitchen together and make it look larger than it is.

There are many perks to this type of backsplash, one major one being that it is easy to clean. A large downside to the more common tile backsplash is that grout lines are so difficult to clean when food splashes or spills upon them.

7. Large White Subway Tile

Contemporary kitchen with white cupboards and dining table with black chairs

This small, one-walled kitchen is made more modern with the classic subway tile design, yet it stands out because of how large the tiles are. This style keeps the kitchen simple and neutral, not overwhelming the mind with any crazy designs.

Furthermore, the white tiles look clean and fresh with the wood countertop.

One difficulty with this tile is that the white would be challenging to keep clean. However, it would most likely stay clean as long as you wipe everything down regularly.

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8. Fancy Formatting

Lots of glass doors and windows lending natural light to the home

The designer used fancy formatting to add some texture to the backsplash in this kitchen. Instead of horizontal tile designs, there is almost a cross-hatching design amongst these tiles.

This was most likely done to add design to the otherwise simple tiles. The tiles attract attention without being overwhelming.

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9. Tan Subway Tile

brown neutral kitchen features front cabinets with granite countertops and tile backsplash

Next, you can see the classic subway tile design, yet it features a different color than the traditional white. This color adds a neutral pop to this kitchen. It adds personality and style to the small modern kitchen.

Additionally, with the large window adding natural light, the tan color brightens the kitchen.

It isn't easy to see in this image, but the countertops are granite, with a brown or tan design. Seeing this, the designer made sure to bring that color into the kitchen more by matching the tiles to the countertops. 

10. Same Idea, Different Design

Interior of modern luxury kitchen in North American private residence

This kitchen features a very sleek and straightforward backsplash. The color pops in the kitchen, but the design ties together the very homey kitchen.

The more stylish white cabinets pull the sleek, sharp lines of the backsplash together while matching the color.

This product features a subway tile design with a grey color that could match any white cabinet style in a kitchen.

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11. Subway Tile With A Twist

new kitchen with sink, microwave, gas hob and extractor fan

This kitchen is beautiful because it adds a twist to the typical backsplash pattern. It is rare to use the tile vertically versus the more classic horizontal design.

This backsplash pulls the eyes and attracts attention; it is a great talking piece with guests.

With the varying heights of the upper cabinets, this vertical feature works, helping to take attention away from the cabinets and the backsplash.

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To Finish

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There are so many options for designs and colors of backsplash, especially with a very neutral cabinet color such as white. In addition, there are ways to make your backsplash stick out and make it a background feature.

Regardless of your taste/budget, your kitchen will be upgraded from bland to beautiful with a backsplash that features your personality.

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