15 Rustic Kitchen Backsplash Ideas with Staying Power

Last updated on August 13, 2023

Looking to add a rustic backsplash to your kitchen this year? You need to see these ideas first.

From all the styles of the kitchen backsplash, rustic is somewhat of an underdog. The raw look has a lot of appeal if you have an authentic farmhouse kitchen, but does it work in every kitchen? There are as many answers as there are different ways to create a rustic backsplash.

Nonetheless, a rustic kitchen backsplash is a trend with staying power. Designers like Emily Henderson, Nate Berkus, Amber Lewis, and many others embrace some rustic touch in the kitchen in their work. Why shouldn’t you?

It might be reclaimed wood, stone brick tile (Lewis), and even good old subway tile (Berkus). We have these and more ideas to follow.

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Weathered Wood

Distressed wooden planks can work as effective tile alternatives if you are aiming for a rustic kitchen backsplash. Here the white paint is allowed to peel off to reveal the grains underneath.

Rustic Planks

The cream-colored wood on the wall extends up to the ceiling while blending nicely with the natural stone countertop. The hanging lights accentuates the warmth of the materials.


Barnboards are known for their strength and resilience. Cleaned and sanded, their simple beauty stand out in this backsplash. The vertical installation helps make the small workspace look taller.

Galvanized Metal

Wood isn’t the only material that can provide a rustic feel as evidenced by this galvanized iron project. It’s affordable, clean, and easy to maintain for the owners.

Rustic Wood Tile

This kitchen is a wood lover’s fantasy. From the cabinets to the counters to the backsplash, entire walls are covered in stunning wooden creations with stains that go well together.

Acid Stain

The hanging cabinets already provide a rustic feel but the steel backsplash truly steals the show. It almost looks like brown leather thanks to the details and custom acid stain.

Brick Wall

An ultra modern kitchen can seem too cold and polished sometimes. This one does something unexpected by adding a rough brick-and-plaster peel and stick backsplash with warm-colored work lights.

Weathered Paint

The reclaimed brick on the walls now looks more suitable for space after coats of plaster and paint that match the existing range hood. The chosen color offers a good contrast to the floating wooden shelves.

Exposed Bricks

Another great example of how brick can inject visual interest through texture, shape, and color. The beige backsplash looks clean without being too plain.

Colored Wood

Wood does not have to come in shades of brown all the time. This one plays with colors from all parts of the spectrum: white to gray, blue to turquoise. Natural tones anchor the project.

Stone Bricks

Here is a curious blend of rustic and contemporary. The wooden cabinets, island, and flooring are juxtaposed with the neutral colors of the countertop and backsplash. In fact, the gray stone tiles cover the entire wall.

Mosaic Tiles

This mid-sized rustic kitchen was remodeled to include glass-front cabinets, modern cooking appliances, and granite countertops. The beige backsplash is made from stone tiles with a simple patterned installation.

Dark Grey

It’s possible to be rustic in a minimalist modern white kitchen. This one has a mosaic tile backsplash on one side and a gray backsplash on another, the latter framed by wooden shelves and breakfast nook.

Heritage Tile

If you are a fan of the eclectic, then this should prove to be a great inspiration. The blue patterned backsplash is made from Cuban heritage handmade cement tile.

Green Stone

The whole house is awash in earth tones from floor to ceiling, interrupted somewhat by the muted green stone backsplash that goes well with the wide blue oven underneath.

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