24 Backsplash Ideas for Kitchens with White Cabinets

Are you looking for backsplash ideas for your white kitchen? If so, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we will discuss 24 different backsplash options that will help make your kitchen stand out. Whether you are looking for a classic look or something more modern, we have the perfect backsplash idea for you! So don’t wait any longer – start browsing through our list today and find the perfect backsplash for your white kitchen.

24 kitchen backsplash ideas

White Cabinet Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

There are so many things to think about when designing a kitchen from cabinetry to countertops but what really sets your kitchen apart is the backsplash selection. While there are only so many different shades of white cabinets the options for a kitchen backsplash are endless. You can make a statement with your backsplash or choose something that’s more traditional. Either way, your backsplash selection will bring your kitchen together. Since there are literally thousands of backsplashes to choose from, let’s break down some backsplash ideas for kitchens with white cabinets. Whether you’re looking for backsplash ideas for white cabinets and granite countertops or the perfect bold backsplash to go with your white cabinetry, there’s something here for everyone!

All White Kitchens: White Cabinets with White Backsplash

If you have an all-white kitchen and want to continue that color scheme with your backsplash, you still have plenty of options for backsplashes. From traditional to something more unique, you can make a statement even with a white backsplash.

Traditional White Subway Tile Backsplash

Subway tile backsplashes are probably the most popular style of backsplash right now. You see them in a lot of new builds and home renovations. This is a great affordable option for a tile backsplash. Subway tile comes in a huge variety of colors so you can really customize your backsplash to fit your desired design (more on that later). If the traditional 3×6 white subway tile is a little boring for you, consider changing it up with a larger tile, adding a grout color like black grout or gray grout.

White subway tile with black or gray grout is a really beautiful contrast and it really makes the white tiles pop.

white tile backsplash ideas long subway tiles
Luxe Remodel

Other options for white backsplashes to achieve an all-white kitchen include white mosaic tiles like herringbone ceramic tile or larger subway tiles like the long subway tile backsplash in the image above. This is a beautiful elevated alternative to the more traditional white subway tile.

White Beadboard Backsplash

beadboard backsplash kitchen ideas
In House Design Company

Something a little less conventional as a kitchen backsplash but traditional is the addition of beadboard kitchen backsplash. Beadboard is a great material as a backsplash because it’s really inexpensive, it can be painted in any shade you’d like, and it has a traditional feel. Beadboard is used in many different styles of homes but for a kitchen backsplash, think cottage vibes. I love the white beadboard backsplash in this coastal cottage-style kitchen.

Shiplap Backsplash

Interior Concept Design House

Another non-tile backsplash that is a complimentary backsplash with white cabinets is shiplap. Shiplap is a popular wall treatment but it’s not typically used as a backsplash. Shiplap is great as a white backsplash idea but you can also paint it any color that suits your personal design. Pick a color that complements the counters and the white cabinetry. Consider anything in the blue hue family, gray or greige, or any other bold color that fits your kitchen design. 

Marble Backsplash with White Cabinets

Let’s talk about the most favored backsplash. Marble is a designer’s favorite material for kitchens. From countertops to backsplashes, marble is always a top choice material. It looks exceptional in kitchens with white cabinets. Marble tiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes including subway tile and mosaic tile. There are many different types of marble and the different marbles have different prominent colors and veining. Some popular luxury marbles include Calacutta marble and Carrara marble. Both look gorgeous as a backsplash and white countertops.

Marble Slab Backsplash

A showstopping focal point is the only way to describe the addition of a marble slab backsplash. A marble backsplash that is one single piece of marble behind a range is absolutely stunning and provides a really clean look to modern kitchens. It’s obviously a high-end look with a high-end price tag but if you have a large budget and want a stunning focal point, definitely consider a marble slab backsplash.

Marble Subway Tile Backsplash

The most popular marble backsplash tile is the classic subway tile. Subway tile comes in a 3×6 size but you can also find larger sizes like 4×8 and 6×12. This is a beautiful traditional tile shape that has been around for centuries and is a classic backsplash tile for white cabinets. I love marble-style backsplash with white cabinets, and quartz or marble countertops. It’s a very classic look that will be in style for years and years to come.

Herringbone Marble Tile Backsplash

If you’re looking for something a little more unique but still classic, try a marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern. Herringbone is a tile pattern that consists of tiles that are offset in a V-shape. Herringbone tile is beautiful as a marble backsplash because it really shows off the veining in the marble.

An alternative to herringbone but in the same design family, a zigzag backsplash design is fun! As a backsplash for a white kitchen, you could pull gray dominant tiles as a beautiful contrast. 

Glass Backsplash

Moving away from white kitchen backsplashes and onto other white kitchen backsplash ideas that can add a little color to kitchens with white cabinets. Perhaps not as popular as ceramic backsplash tile, glass tiles are a great option as a kitchen backsplash. Glass backsplashes are desirable because they are easy to clean and maintain. There is also a huge variety of colors and styles making it a very customizable material to work with.

This blue and green glass backsplash with white grout has a coastal sea glass vibe and is a really gorgeous backsplash tile with white cabinets. Grab more coastal kitchen ideas here.

Brick and Stone Backsplash Ideas

Stone Backsplash

Maybe not immediately on your radar, but a stone backsplash paired with white marble countertops and white cabinets is unique and adds a lot of character to a kitchen. A stone backsplash invites a rustic elegance to the kitchen. This style of backsplash works well in farmhouse kitchens, in a cottage or french country kitchens as well. This is a great option if you want to add some texture and interest to your backsplash. Together with modern shelves and brass hardware, the stone backsplash is the perfect combination of character and traditional design.

Brick Backsplash

A brick backsplash is similar to a stone backsplash in the sense that it adds a lot of character and texture to your kitchen. The big difference is that the brick backsplash is made with, you guessed it, bricks! This is a great option if you want the look of stone without the price tag. You have a lot of options with the color of brick if red/brown brick isn’t for you. You can try a white-washed brick backsplash for a more subtle look. 

Travertine Backsplash 

travertine white backsplash ideas
via Turan Designs

Travertine is a type of stone that has a very unique look. Travertine backsplash tile is characterized by its pitted surface and natural veins running through the stone. This is a great backsplash tile for white cabinets because it adds modern texture and visual interest to a transitional kitchen. This kitchen pairs a travertine backsplash with white cabinets and granite countertops.

Metal Backsplash with White Cabinets

metal backsplash with white cabinets
via Jennifer Scully

Listen, I get it. Metal isn’t exactly what you think of as a backsplash material but believe it or not, metal backsplashes can look great with white kitchen cabinetry. A stainless steel backsplash is a great way to add a modern touch to your kitchen. Stainless steel backsplash comes in many different styles including mosaic tile, subway tile, and even stamped metal. This is a great backsplash for white cabinets because it adds a contemporary feel to a kitchen.

Adding Colorful Contrast

Patterned Backsplash Ideas

With white kitchen cabinetry and white or even black countertops, patterned tile is an ideal backsplash for adding thoughtful detail. You can use patterned tiles throughout the entire backsplash or you can use patterned ceramic or porcelain tiles as a focal point by framing a section of patterned tiles above a stove or range.

white and blue backsplash for white kitchen cabinets
Distinctive Interiors

Patterned backsplashes can appear busy so it’s best to pair them with other features in the kitchen that have minimal detail.

Blue Backsplash 

Is it even a Making Home Base article if we don’t reference the color blue? I love a blue backsplash with white countertops. I think the color gives depth and character to a kitchen. If you’re looking for a backsplash that will really make your white kitchen cabinets pop, try adding some colorful blues. This blue mosaic tile backsplash is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your kitchen. The best part about a blue backsplash is that it can really go with any kitchen style.

Green Backsplash 

green kitchen backsplash for white cabinets
via Ellen Nystrom Design

Another great backsplash color to pair with white cabinets is green. This vibrant green subway tile backsplash is stunning and really stands out against the white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.

Glass Mother of Pearl Tile

white kitchen backsplash mother of pearl
via SLC Interiors

A really unique and eye-catching backsplash tile is this mother-of-pearl mosaic tile. This tile is a mosaic with small square tiles of pearl shell glass. It looks delicate and gorgeous but it’s actually very durable. This tile is perfect for a kitchen with white cabinets because it’s neutral but still has a lot of visual interest. I absolutely love this choice of backsplash for white cabinets.

Glazed Ceramic Tile

If we’re talking about a tile backsplash, we can’t leave glazed ceramic tile. Gaining popularity for its more modern look, the glossy artisan-style ceramic tile is a beautiful tile for a kitchen backsplash. My favorite part of this type of glazed ceramic tile is that each tile is slightly different in color, creating a really stunning pattern in the tiles.

You can play around with the layout. You can stagger them in a more traditional subway style or you can use is a grid layout like the one above for a linear appearance. Both are lovely, it just depends on what you are looking for in your kitchen renovation.

Play with Different Sizes and Shapes of Tile

Now seems like a good time to discuss the shapes and sizes of backsplash options. Most of the backsplash tiles discussed above come in many different shape designs like herringbone, hexagon tile, scallop or fish scale design, or arabesque. Using unique shapes and sizes of the tiles can provide a playful variation on a more traditional tile option.

Wrapping Up the Backsplash Talk

In conclusion,  there are many different backsplash ideas for white kitchen cabinets. You can go with a classic tile like ceramic or glazed tile, or you can go with a more unique tile like mother-of-pearl or mosaic tile. You can also add metal accents to really make your backsplash stand out. No matter what route you choose, adding a backsplash is a great way to elevate your kitchen and add a personal style element to your space!

24 kitchen backsplash ideas

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  1. Where was the blue tile from? I am in love with this look you found and I can’t find the exact blue tile! Please help ❤️