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Gorgeous Backsplash Ideas for Kitchens with White Cabinets

I am very excited to share with you some of the most gorgeous backsplash ideas for kitchens with white cabinets!

Most people either love or hate white cabinets. I happen to be one that loves them.

Are they hard to keep clean, sometimes. The secret to keeping white cabinets clean is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. What I love is knowing my cabinets are clean. With colored cabinets, it’s sometimes hard to know.

Once you have your white cabinets chosen the next big decision will be the countertops and backsplash. Finding the right backsplash is one of the most important design elements you will make in the kitchen.

Have no fear, I have tons of different things to get your mind thinking about which backsplash is right for you.

Kitchen sink with three windows over a silver faucet.

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Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Stats

To understand a color you need to know what makes it that color. Here are the vitals on Urbane Bronze:

  • Hex Value: #54504A
  • Red: 84 
  • Green: 80 
  • Blue: 74
  • Color Collections: Color ID (Minimalist), Colormix Forecast 2021 (Sanctuary), Colormix Forecast 2022 (Method), Rejuvenation (Fall/Winter), Colormix Forecast 2023 (Biome), Gallery Series, Top Interior Colors, Top Exterior Colors
  • Color Family(s): Neutral

Here is what Sherwin Williams has to say about Urbane Bronze:

Rooted in nature, this brownish gray evokes a down-to-earth tranquility and a subtle sophistication that is hard to beat.

Sherwin Williams

Style, color scheme, layout, and more! These are all the things you need to consider when deciding what to use as your backsplash in your white kitchen.

Consider Your Kitchen Style

It’s important to consider what style your kitchen cabinets are in order to select the perfect tile. Are they modern or more traditional? Do you have a timeless classic style or do you want something more streamlined?

There are modern tiles that would look amazing with a modern-style white cabinet and so on. What type of look are you going for?

Decide What Color Scheme You Want

What color white are your cabinets? White colors have undertones does the white have? Are they cool-toned or more of a creamy warm white?

This is really important to know so that you can choose a tile that will coordinate well with the white cabinets.

Different Backsplash Layouts

There are many different types of backsplash layouts. Here are a handful of them with a small description and then I will show you some photos.

  • Staggered Brick – very popular, especially in subway tile
  • Horizontal Brick – tile stacked directly on top of each other
  • Herringbone – a stacked V-shaped pattern
  • Diamond – diamond-shaped tile
  • Basketweave – geometric-shaped tile made to look like a basket, over under style
  • Geometric – geometric tiles that come in all shapes and sizes
  • Patterened – This is a recurring pattern that is colorful

Consider What Color Grout You Will Use

I actually have a whole blog post dedicated to how to choose the right grout color. Why is this so important? Because it can make or break the whole look of the room.

I know, I am sounding kind of dramatic but it is the truth. If you choose the wrong color grout you will not be happy with anything in your kitchen. So this step is just as important as choosing the tile.

Let’s look at some different colors so you can get an idea of what I mean.

Marble Backsplash Ideas

Marble is a modern stone that is very popular right now. It’s a timeless and classic material that never goes out of style.

While marble is timeless and classic it is incredibly popular right now and a great material to choose for your white kitchen.

You can get marble in so many different shapes and designs there is going to be one that speaks to you for sure.

white cabinets, marble backsplash in a staggered brick pattern with hydrangeas in the sink.
Source: Maison de Pax

Here you will see a marble backsplash in a staggered brick design. Marble can be cool-toned or warm-toned so it’s important to know which one you have with your cabinets.

White cabinets, marble counters and a marble geometric backsplash with fruit displayed in clear dishes.
Source: Impressive Interior Design

This gorgeous all-white kitchen has a marble backsplash in a geometric pattern. If you have white cabinets with marble counters then choosing a marble backsplash is a great idea, such as you see in this photo.

Subway Tile Backsplash Ideas

If you love Modern Farmhouse Design then you might have a subway tile in your sights. It’s an inexpensive material that is extremely popular right now.

Subway Tile can come in many different sizes and materials. Some can be handmade and those will be more expensive. Some are now.

What color grout you choose to go with your subway tile is also an important choice. It’s all about what kind of look you are going for.

White kitchen with a subway tile backsplash and dark gray grout.

This is my kitchen where I have white cabinets, marble counters, and subway tile backsplash with a dark grout color. This is very modern farmhouse and the dark grout really makes the staggered brick pattern stand out.

White kitchen with white subway tile backsplash, white counters, white farmhouse sink and gold faucet.
Source: D Burns Interiors

This gorgeous all-white kitchen has white subway tile with white grout. This makes the kitchen look all white, clean, and crisp.

Patterned Tile Backsplash Ideas

Patterned tile backsplashes are also very popular right now. They also have a strong place in Modern Farmhouse Design, as well as many others.

Patterned tiles can come in neutral shades so they blend in a bit or you can find them in bold colors. Which one would you prefer?

Gray and white patterned tile behind a large stove, vent hood and four floating shelves.
Source: Marika Meyers Interiors

This gorgeous backsplash is the statement piece in this all-white kitchen. It highlights the amazing stove, the vent hood, and the open shelving.

Geometric Backsplash Ideas

Geometric backsplashes are more standard in modern design. You can find them in all types of materials and the color grout you go with can also make a big impact.

A white kitchen with black and white geometric tile, three pendants above the island that are black, white and gold.
Source: Houzz

The backsplash here is really the star of the show. I love the black and white colors with the white cabinets and dark hardware.

Other Colorful Backsplash Ideas

If you are the type of person who likes something unique and different then here are some awesome colorful backsplash ideas for you!

Teal scalloped tile in a kitchen with white appliances, off white cabinets and gold hardware.
Source: Shelterness

This gorgeous scallop-shaped tile is stunning in this turquoise color. I love how they took it all the way to the ceiling. These cabinets have more of a touch of gray in them but you can see how they look with almost white cabinets.

white cabinets with a bright yellow square tile backsplash and dark green island.
Source: Digs Digs

Talk about having a sunny morning! This gorgeous yellow tile in a horizontal staked pattern will definitely put the sun in your space. I love the dark-colored island too.

white kitchen with light blue subway tile in a staggered brick pattern and gray countertops.
Source: Digs Digs

This light blue tile really gives the space a sense of calm. I really like the yellow accents and how they pair with the light blue.

I hope this gives you some really good ideas on different materials, patterns, and colors that you can install in your home to give your kitchen just the right amount of spice!

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Gorgeous Backsplash Ideas for Kitchens with White Cabinets

As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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