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The Best Upscale Tile Designs and Trends for East Bay Kitchens

Kitchen backsplashes are both a necessity and an opportunity to showcase a little personality within your home. As a natural focal point, the space above the range can be used to feature materials that both protect your wall and create an impressive design that complements the room’s overall style. The area between your countertop and cabinets can be used to highlight texture, color, and character in a way that either screams “pay attention to me” or hums a more subdued melodic tune. Whether you choose a standard 4 inch or full wall height backsplash, we’re positive you can create something eye-catching and impressive with your design.

To inspire interest and spark ideas, we’ve selected some of the best upscale tile and backsplash trends for East Bay residents to consider when remodeling their kitchen. The unique high-end wall designs promote utility as a display of pure personality.

Customized Euro Style

Take a trip back to the South of France or Piazza della Signoria in Italy every time you prepare dinner with this customized euro style backsplash design. The full wall features white ceramic subway tiles framing three sentimental tiles that the homeowners had collected on a trip to Europe. When paralleled with white shaker cabinets, quartz countertops, and an old-world inspired gas range you get a custom and chic vibe that has the ability to warm your soul with memories.


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Customized European Tile Backsplash - Full Kitchen (left) and Close-up (right)

Classic

This L-shaped classic kitchen features a backsplash made of rectangular dimensional white tiles that were patterned to mimic London’s row houses. The overall look is simple yet sophisticated and reminds the homeowners of their time spent living in England. The pendant lighting, white recessed-panel cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances create an aesthetic that is just as refined and elegant as Notting Hill.


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Classic Kitchen with London Row House Tile Design - Close-up (left) and Full View (right)

Victorian Kitchen

The Tree of Life sits proud and with intention as the centerpiece of this Victorian kitchen. The custom natural stone mosaic backsplash was designed specifically for the homeowner and is surrounded by Carrara marble. As a focal point, the design captures your interest while also complimenting the stunning green marble countertops.


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Victorian Kitchen with Tree of Life Tile Design - Close-up (left) and Full View (right)

Mediterranean Kitchen

In returning to their Bay Area home after worldwide travel, the homeowners of this 1920s Spanish bungalow wanted a kitchen remodel to meet the needs of their new life back in the Bay. They choose a sun-dappled color palette, Mediterranean inspired tile patterns, and white ascents to give an old-world charm. The surfaces are elegantly timeworn to make the atmosphere appear more intimate and romantic, just like a villa on the Amalfi Coast.


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Mediterranean Kitchen and Tile Design - Close-up (left) and Full View (right)

Farmhouse Kitchen

This open and inviting farmhouse kitchen gives you the feeling of being on a weekend getaway even though your home is located in the middle of suburbia. The white subway tile backsplash features a wall of patterned tile above the range that perfectly complements the pewter stove hood and dark gray countertops. Along with shaker white cabinets, bright red stove knobs, and a farmhouse sink, the overall look is cozy, comfortable, and sweet.


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Farmhouse Kitchen and Tile Design - Close-up (left) and Full View (right)

Craftsman Style Kitchen

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement in the end of the 19th Century in England, this Craftsman style kitchen features decorative tile along the walls and the stove hood. Made by Motawi Tileworks, the added color and patterns within the backsplash act as a focal point within the room’s overall linear and minimal design.


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Craftsman Style Kitchen and Motawki Tile Design - Close-up (left) and Full View (right)

Mid-Century Atomic Ranch Kitchen

A kitchen that mimics mid-century atomic art has a retro influence whereby vibrant colors and playful textures are a must. This multicolored backsplash does more than invite your eyes to look at it, it creates an energy for the room that is fun and exciting! With beige cabinets, quartz countertops, a blue BlueStar gas stove, and colored appliances, this ranch kitchen makes you feel alive.


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Mid-Century Atomic Ranch Kitchen - Full Kitchen (left) and Close-up (right)

Refined Traditional Kitchen

This refined traditional home offers a white herringbone tile design beneath the cabinets and a unique, colorful rectangular tile backsplash above the range. The color palette is somewhat subdued throughout the room to create a vibrant contrast with the decorative tiles. Paired with the white marble countertops, hardwood floor, and stainless steel appliances, the kitchen is classic, clean, and eloquent.


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Refined Traditional Kitchen and Tile Design - Close-up (left) and Side View (right)

Transitional

The clean, geometric lines pair well with a splash of color to make this transitional kitchen quite impressive. With pale green tile sandwiched between white cabinets and countertops, you get a fresh and vibrant look. The pattern of rectangular shaped tiles above the stove feature two different shades of green and instantaneously draw your eyes to it. The aesthetic is crisp, pristine, and timeless.


The Top High-End Backsplash Designs in the East Bay Area - Transitional Kitchen and Tile Design - Straight On View - Custom Kitchens The Top High-End Backsplash Designs in the East Bay Area - Transitional Kitchen and Tile Design - Side View - Custom Kitchens
Transitional Kitchen and Tile Design - Straight On View (left) and Side View (right)

Modern

Sleek and sophisticated, this modern kitchen was designed to highlight a rich palette of wood, texture, and color. The blue backsplash lines the wall between the countertop and shelving units in a way that doesn’t demand your attention, but the reflective surface requests that you acknowledge it. Every element of the design breathes tranquility and luxury into the space so that you feel invigorated and comforted within your own home.


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Modern Kitchen and Tile Design - Close-up (left) and Full View (right)

Conclusion

Whether you choose to make your backsplash the centerpiece of your kitchen or you opt for a more subtle design, there are options galore. Select materials, shapes, sizes, finishes, features, and styles that speak to you. Add a sentimental reminder from your past or create a look that is entirely new. Regardless of the direction you go, a creative backsplash design can easily turn into a conversation starter and add personality to your beautiful kitchen.

If you have more specific questions and/or need a little help designing your upscale East Bay Kitchen, please contact us.

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