Not Your Basic Backsplash: 9 beautiful non-tile kitchen backsplashes

By Aoife Valentine 09-02-2017

Has there been a kitchen installed in the last year that doesn't have a subway tile backsplash? Don't get us wrong, we're big fans of the subway tile, but there's plenty of room for something a bit different. Enter non-tile kitchen backsplashes.

Stepping away from not only subway tiles, but all tile backsplashes could be just the thing your kitchen needs. They are, of course, gorgeous, but non-tile kitchen backsplashes are just that bit more sleek and modern. Plus, none of those pesky grout lines to clean. It's a win-win.

With that in mind, here are nine beautiful non-tile kitchen backsplashes we love!

A glass backsplash is a lovely, low-maintenance option, and a great way to add a little colour to your kitchen. Simple!


Natural stone makes for a beautiful backsplash, and none more so than marble. It's timeless, especially when used as a full stone rather than as tiles.

beautiful non-tile kitchen backsplashes interiors Image: Emma Wallmen

Going for a minimalist look at home? A single pane of glass protects your walls from kitchen messes and, well, splashes, without distracting from the room. It looks like a design feature without being obvious at all. Using tempered glass is important, however, for an area behind an oven.

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On the opposite end of the scale is this vintage bottle cap backsplash that brings a whole lot of life and colour into a contemporary kitchen. Though it's less sleek than most other backsplashes on this list, it's a definite statement piece that works to bring a modern feel, despite the vintage caps.

beautiful non-tile kitchen backsplashes interiors Image: Houzz

In this kitchen, a piece of plexiglass was sanded down to get the look of frosted glass. Paired with the sleek white countertop, it works well as both a backsplash and room divider.

beautiful non-tile kitchen backsplashes interiors Image: Morris & Co

This one is probably our favourite. Wallpaper can totally work as a backsplash, so long as you're willing to pop some glass over it to protect it. As you can see from the gorgeous patterned wallpaper used above, paired well with your countertops, it can give you gorgeous results.


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Is there ever a time when exposed brick doesn't look gorgeous? People worry exposed brick won't work in a kitchen but since they're designed to weather storms outside, you can probably count on them surviving your cooking, no matter how bad you are.

This probably won't do you any favours on the cleaning front, but a mirrored backsplash is a great solution for a small kitchen, and a great way to get extra light into the room.

Backsplashes that go right to your ceiling really make your kitchen look that much bigger and cleaner. It's back-painted to give it the pale blue colour, rather than places against a blue wall, hence the difference in texture to the grey kitchen above.


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