How you design your kitchen backsplash can make or break the room.  It’s a critical element of kitchen design.

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1.  The focal point in the kitchen is often the stove and hood and the backsplash centered between them. It doesn’t get much better than this gorgeous slab of Calacatta Oro marble.

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2.  This geometric glass , metal and stone abstract backsplash is definitely a scene stealer.  If you can’t find this mosaic (unfortunately I don’t know whose it is) you can mix and match and create your own.

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3.  These bronze tiles (real metal coating on them ) are from Crossville Ceramics and make a very elegant understated backsplash that could work in rooms other than kitchens as well.

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4. Large subway style tiles are available from Fireclay Tile and are offered in many beautiful and bright colors.

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5.  I designed this hand carved limestone medallion and hood surround for a client a few years ago and it’s stunning!  The more yellow colored background is Jeresulem Gold limestone, which sets it off beautifully and compliments the granite countertop. Hand carved limestone is expensive but well worth it when done by a true artist and craftsman like Oleg Lobykin!

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6.  Sometimes the kitchen needs a strong pattern to pick it up and this is a good example.  Using a light and dark color combination with a nice geometric shape is just right to finish the look and make it unique to your own home.

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7.  If you want an arabesque pattern, several companies make them including Fireclay Tile, who will custom color them for you as well.  The added banding finishes off the top and sides of the field tile to unify the entire kitchen.

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8.  Framing and using a large medallion like this is a great way to bring attention to the large open space over the cooktop and break up these subway tiles.  I’m not sure whose medallion this is but it could be Sonoma Stone.

Let’s make those backsplashs FABULOUS!

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