8 of the Best Kitchen Backsplash Trends of 2024

The kitchen backsplash might have started out as a purely functional element of the room, but it’s now one of the biggest design opportunities in the whole space. It can tie together your cabinets and countertop or create a bold moment in a room that’s primarily utilitarian. No pressure, but it’s gotta be good.

After writing about interior design for more than 12 years, I’ve seen all sorts of kitchen backsplash trends come and go, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites that I’ve seen lately, from simple to statement-making.

1. A Carrara or Calacatta marble slab backsplash

Design: Blue Gray Gal

Slab-style stone backsplashes are the single biggest kitchen backsplash trend of 2024, and I suspect this will be the case for years, since they’re a fairly new style. Every major kitchen designer has been doing slab backsplashes for a couple of years now, and I love this look!

Calacatta marble slab backsplash by Morrison_Interiors | Shade Degges

Think of a marble slab backsplash as basically an extension of the countertop up the wall. I.e. the style seen above in the Blue Gray Gal and Studio McGee kitchens.

If you want a timeless, elegant look, choose a simple stone like Carrara marble, Calacatta marble, or even better, a Carrara-look quartz for added durability.

2. A Calacatta Viola or Arabescato Marble Backsplash

I meaaaan. This Arabescato marble backsplash. Image via London Walder Design
Arabascato marble in a kitchen by DeVol
Calacatta Viola | Image via Amber Interiors
A calacatta viola backsplash. Image via Futerno | Kitchens by Paul

To pack two popular kitchen backsplash ideas into one, choose a Calacatta Viola or Arabescato marble for your slab backsplash. These statement-making marbles have large swaths of black, deep purple, or brown color that gives them a bolder, more graphic look than simple Carrara marble.

One thing to note about trends, though, is that the bolder they are, the quicker they tend to fade, so only choose this style if you’re sure you can love it long-term. Otherwise, stick to a more neutral slab like the options in #1.

3. The Ledge Backsplash

Image via Jean Stoffer
Image via Amber Interiors

The ledge backsplash is a take on the slab backsplash. Instead of going all the way up the wall, these backsplashes go a quarter or halfway up, and typically have a small ledge or shelf on top. The look is very English, which makes sense as all things English design are on-trend this year. It’s also a more economical alternative to the full slab-style backsplash since it requires less material.

4. Beadboard blacksplashes

beadboard backsplash
Design: Julie Blanner

A beadboard backsplash brings a country or traditional farmhouse style to the kitchen. Think of it as the evolution of the shiplap trend, and in the kitchen.

To keep the look relevant and fresh, choose a wider beadboard and paint it the same color as your kitchen cabinets, like designer Julie Blanner did in her kitchen, above, or us a white beadboard against a colored cabinet. This backsplash idea is also inexpensive (yay!).

5. Subway tile

As far as kitchen tile trends go, this is one you’ll probably recognize. Yes, subway tile is still on a list of kitchen backsplash trends, even in 2023. Subway tile was THE trend about 10 years ago, and while it’s not quite as hot as it was at the height of the farmhouse trend craze, subway tile is a classic choice that’ll always look fresh.

white kitchn with white backsplash
I have subway tile in my kitchen, above

If you want to make the look more unique, choose a handmade-look or Zellige tile, while will give your backsplash a more organic-modern feel.

Which brings me to…

6. Zellige tile

zellige tile backsplash
Image via Zia Tile

Zellige tile is not just a kitchen tile trend. This beautiful, slightly irregular handcrafted tile is being added to bathrooms, laundry rooms, and any place that needs an artisinal detail.

This pretty backsplash idea adds a warm, organic touch to the kitchen. It’s become a more bohemian, rustic alternative to subway tile. For a classic look, white is always a top choice, but if you’re looking for a bolder vibe, Zellige tile also comes in a wide range of shades including blues, taupes, greens, and terracottas.

7. Large-format Subway Tile

Versions of subway tile are also on trend this year (and have been for a number of years now). Extra large, matte porcelain tiles add beauty and depth to a space, while still feeling timeless.

8. A statement range backsplash

Image via Jean Stoffer. I clearly have a thing for her kitchens.

If you’re looking for a fun kitchen backsplash trend, I’ve seen more and more kitchens with mixed-media backsplashes, where most of the room has a simple, classic backsplash, and then the area around a stove, or in an alcove has a bolder tile choice. This almost accents like wallpaper on an accent wall and highlights key features of a room. It’s also a budget-friendly way to use a pricey tile, because you can use it for a smaller space and choose a less expensive tile for the larger area.

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