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Want to use maple cabinets in the kitchen, and you need ideas on how to match them to the backsplash? These ideas will help you do it the right way.

So you have the maple cabinets in your kitchen (let’s hope they’re not from the 90s) and you want to find the right combination for the backsplash to go with them. It’s a tough problem, seeing that a lot of people are stuck with using the same colors with their maple over and over again.

Look, nothing says the 90s more than maple cabinets (especially in the shiny finish) and beige/tan toned walls and backsplashes. But it’s all over the place! So in this post, we would like to propose some better ideas and combinations (much better!)

The influencers say that the best solution for the maple cabinets is painting them. And we agree with that because it’s one of the worst wood finishes to have. But still, we believe it can be saved with the right choice of the backsplash and color.

You Don’t Want This

Maple Kitchen Cabinets
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With all due respect to the designers of this kitchen, but it’s not what you want to see in the modern kitchen. Maple (and in a shiny finish)  and beige tiled backsplash is just ugh. This is the kind of design decisions that we want out of our home.

Slightly Better, But Still Bad

Traditional Kitchen
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This is a slightly better option and it obviously has cost a lot. The cabinets have a better natural finish and feature the natural maple wood. This is good. But the choice of beige backsplash ruins everything. Nice mosaic? Sure. But why beige? Just no.

Grey Mosaic Tile

Che Bella Interiors on Instagram: “Nothing says spring like a few fresh cut flowers and fresh squeezed orange juice!⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #chebellainteriors #beautifullyyours…”
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Grey mosaic tile is a fair enough option for your maple cabinets, especially if they show the natural wood in transparent finish. It’s neutral, and even though you can do better than this, at least it’s not bad design.

Mint Grey Backsplash and Walls

Charlie Allen Renovations on Instagram: “Black granite countertops paired with natural maple cabinets + mint green paint = a distinctive and memorable kitchen for these clients…”
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Now we’re getting there. You can see how an accent color immediately transforms the kitchen and makes it look lively and modern. Tan tones don’t stand a chance. And the natural maple looks nice too, although we’re not fans of black countertops in this case.

Sage Green Walls

Findley & Myers Soho Maple Kitchen Cabinets
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It’s so much better if you use more pale and serene tones like sage green for the backsplash and even the walls. So much great design decisions in this kitchen. Natural wood provides warmth and depth, while sage green walls add freshness.

Subway Tile

Shanda on Instagram: “Kitchen transformation! Swipe for the before. :) . . . There was absolutely nothing wrong with our kitchen beforehand, but when we moved…”
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If you’re not going to use an accent color, leave it white, and even subway tiles will work (way better than beige/tan mosaics anyway). We can see here an attempt to create a farmhouse style kitchen. It’s a pretty good job too. The wood stain is good, leaving most of the maple grain visible. The subway tile is stylish, and it provides enough contrast. The rest of the farmhouse accents fit in well too.

White and Lit

Kitchen
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So if you’re not going for paint (it is a risky business, we can acknowledge that), leave it white. And it will still be better than the alternative. Add accents with lighting instead.

Modern Lighting

Kitchen
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Another idea that involves lighting is using glass backsplashes with LED. The color of the lighing changes too, which is great if you want to explore different combinations. It’s a modern design if a bit risky.

Contrasting Blue

Fresh Maple Kitchen Remodel
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There’s so much drama in this design, and you can rarely find such a combination in real-life use. Maple cabinets (even shaker style) juxtaposed with vivid blue backsplash, and wall tile. It’s imposing and it creates a character. We want this in our designs.

If all else fails, paint the cabinets. 🙂