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23 Creative Bathroom Backsplash Ideas for a More Stylish Look

By Indah Nur Ariviani June 30, 2020

Backsplashes might be tiny and take up only a small part in the bathroom. It won’t go more than a few centimeters’ spaces between the vanity sink and the mirror. However, backsplashes often become the scene-stealer, stand out as the most prominent point of the overall design. Take a look at our collection of bathroom backsplash ideas to create a more stylish look.

Aside from being the attractive feature in a bathroom, backsplashes actually serve a more practical function. It protects the wall from dampness and moisture caused by the splashing water because of the countertop used. There is an endless variety of choices on how you can style the backsplash from using natural stone, colorful mosaic, or statement color to enhance the look and making it more attractive. Pick the most suitable style that will match your preference.

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Splash Blue Tiles to the White Wall

Splash Blue Tiles to the White Wall - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Backsplash can surprisingly become a horizontal accent wall placed behind the vanity sink. On top of that, pick a contrasting color to make it more stand out. As seen in the picture, the blue tiles breathe life to the white and wooden bathroom, becoming the most stand out feature.

Opt for Circles Mosaic in Matching Color

Opt for Circles Mosaic in Matching Color - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Before seeing the picture, you might never think that blue can match pretty well among the neutral palette. Thanks to the vividness of the color, the vanity cabinet looks prominent, as well as the circle mosaic tiles on the tiny space between the countertop and the large mirror. The tiles are well-picked since it also adds quirkiness to the look.

Give Color to the Travertine Tiles

Give Color to the Travertine Tiles - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

This wooden and natural stone-dominated bathroom design is both traditional and luxurious. In the company of marble countertop, the travertine backsplash tiles strengthen the neutral palette with their earthy appearance. The tiny tiles make a strong statement as it is lined across the wall.

Add Color to the Neutral Palette

Add Color to the Neutral Palette - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

This tiny bathroom unites many elements from nature. The square wall tiles preserve its natural look, as well as the equally stylish wooden leg sink. While the bathroom has a quite high ceiling, the colorful backsplash tiles visually separate it into two parts.

Make Statement With Colorful Glass Tiles

Make Statement With Colorful Glass Tiles - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

This vanity area is composed of soft pastel colors, creating a modern look around this corner. The transitioning area between vanity countertop and mirror is beautified by the thin and detailed glass tiles in matching color as the rest of the design. The color transition effect gives an aesthetic touch to the backsplash.

Choose Contrasting Glass Tiles

Choose Contrasting Glass Tiles - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Designing a tiny powder room can be tricky since you don’t have much space to begin with. But this simple and sophisticated layout is easy to be adopted, along with the backsplash idea. The wall is visually separated into three sections: black-pitch wall, subway glass tiles, and wooden vanity cabinet. The backsplash area is extended to balance the high ceiling.

Show Off Using Granite Stone

Show Off Using Granite Stone - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Nothing can beat the luxury presented by natural stone. While marble stone might be too common, you may opt for granite stone. The picture above shows how to highlight the vanity area without straying too far from the main palette. The backsplash is the extension of the countertop, thus appear in the same material and texture as it does.

Enhance the Traditional Look

Enhance the Traditional Look - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

This traditional bath consists of gray on various shades, from the classic, seamless floor tiling, the wall paint, even to the ornate mirror between the glass sconces. Interestingly, the backsplash area was built right from the floor, in the same gray color but a lighter shade, creating a luxurious impression with its marble features.

Be Different With Leaf Pattern

Be Different With Leaf Pattern - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Detailed tiles are highly recommended to fill in the blank between the vanity countertop and the large mirror. Since the rest of the room is coated in gray, the backsplash tiles are following suit. The leaf design on the tiles makes the feature looking prominent.

Cover the Whole Lower Part

Cover the Whole Lower Part - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Here is another extended backsplash idea you can use for the bathroom. Comprised of neutral colors, the backsplash has a light cream color. Since the large tiles wouldn’t be suitable for the small space above the sink, they only cover the lower half of the wall instead. Note that the backsplash tiles are the same as in the shower box.

Channel the Marble Wall

Channel the Marble Wall - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

With clean lines and supported by natural lights from the large windows, each feature of the bathroom stands out perfectly. Luckily, the sharp marble look that makes up the backsplash and vanity countertop isn’t overshadowed. It strengthens the element of luxury, which is already presented through the marble wall in the shower area.

Pick Mini Subway for the Tiny Space

Pick Mini Subway for the Tiny Space - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Mini subway tiles are the perfect choice for the tiny backsplash area. It gives accent to the bright blue walls with its black color, channeling the dark brown floating vanity cabinet. The mini tiles also match the detailed floor tiles under it. Another detail that you shouldn’t miss out is the small space between the backsplash and the mirror frame.

Match the Tiles Color

Match the Tiles Color - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Another idea of mini subway tiles to fill in the backsplash. The four rows of the tiles are enough to accentuate the once an empty space, with matching color as the floating under sink storage. The backsplash is even extended to the side up to the edge, cabinet-wide.

Have a Multipurpose Backsplash

Have a Multipurpose Backsplash - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Aside from being functional, backsplashes often designed in style. But this one is the perfect example of a multipurpose backsplash, both protecting the wall and give you extra storage to put the toiletries on. On top of that, it made of marble materials.

Embrace the Neutral Tiles

Embrace the Neutral Tiles - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

When choosing tiles color for the backsplash, you might often go for contrasting ones so that it will be noticeable. But it’s not always the case because these neutral-colored tiles, which embrace the primary theme, appear to be balancing yet still stand out despite its subtle color and pattern.

Insert Pebbles Between the Woods

Insert Pebbles Between the Woods - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Have a strong rustic style with warm vibes from the table lamps, the bathroom only has a natural touch in every element. While the vanity table and wall are made of wood, the pebble stones are arranged to set them apart in the form of a backsplash. It enriches the rustic design uniquely.

Match the Quirky Vibe

Match the Quirky Vibe - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Leave minimalism for a while, and let’s play with some vivid colors for this particular powder room. Since the wall has an energizing orange look, the sink appears subtly in white. The backsplash livens up the design with its quirky-shaped tiles, integrating three different colors that appear in the room.

Attach a Single Marble Slab

Attach a Single Marble Slab - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

A backsplash can be made firmly visible but still stylish. The single marble slap which covers the wall above the sink is too obvious but becomes a unique accent of the corner. It even works as a perfect “house” for the golden faucet.

Extend the Sink

Extend the Sink - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

If you don’t want to extend the tiles, why don’t you extend the sink instead? This long vanity cabinet has its own mosaic backsplash tiles. Still, the sink is a quirky feature with its extended upper area. It creates a traditional mood with this old-fashioned model.

Take Advantage of Wainscoting

Take Advantage of Wainscoting - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Wainscoting the wall gives a traditional look for this tiny bathroom, supported by the classic pedestal sink. But since the wainscoting is higher than the sink itself, you can take advantage of it and use it as your backsplash! You may do this when you are in a tight budget but don’t want to give up the backsplash area.

Incorporate Tiny Brown Tiles

Incorporate Tiny Brown Tiles - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

In this bathroom design, the square-and-tiny brown tiles separate several areas, such as the tub edge and the upper part of the wall tiles. Of course, you can also use it to visually separate the countertop and the mirror, making it a stylish backsplash to complete your bathroom design.

Arrange the Travertine Tiles

Arrange the Travertine Tiles - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

When you already have marble stone as your countertop, having it as your backsplash could be too much and not vary. The rough-surfaced travertine tiles could save the design, even when they come in identical color as the marble. You can create an accent with a few dark-colored tiles.

Back to White Subway Tiles

Back to White Subway Tiles - Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

The definition of classic, the white subway tiles for black and white bathrooms make a timeless design. More than just backsplash, the tiles take up 2/3 part of the wall, thus making it a part of the backsplash as well.

Indah Nur Ariviani[Editor]
Indah is an experienced & professional content writer & editor covering awesome ideas about home decor and improvements. She is a hard worker, a life-long learner and a determined person. When she's not writing here, you may find her writing about lifestyle, translating documents or getting dizzy learning finance-related stuff.

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