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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.

Weathered Wood

Marisa*Felton on Instagram: “Coffee or tea ? Which do you prefer ? I’m pretty much a coffee fanatic , but I like a spot of tea now & again , #coffee #or #tea @smegusa…”
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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

TruleyHome, LLC on Instagram: “Basement bar remodel #kraftmaidcabinetry #fergusonenterprises #mosaictileco #truleyhome”
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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.

Barnwood

Ron Stubbs on Instagram: “Camp365 is getting a rustic touch in the kitchen! #lakehousemaine #lakehouse #repurposing #barnboards#rusticbacksplash #kitchenremodel”
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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

Julie on Instagram: “I'm loving this unique backsplash in my new kitchen! Can hardly wait till its all finished and we can move in. 😍 #backsplash #galvanized…”
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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

KCAC on Instagram: “This project was done by @brd_designs, his vision along with our client's amazing taste , came together like a rustic dream! This kitchen…”
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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

Sharpco Welding on Instagram: “Custom acid stained, hammered bar, and steel back splash we did for a kitchen renovation in Clare County.”
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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

Nafeesafernandesdesigns on Instagram: “Meals and memories are made here!!!!! #kitchen #kitchendesign #backsplash #rustictiles #rusticbacksplash #mint #brick #interiors…”
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An ultra modern kitchen can seem too cold and polished sometimes. This one does something unexpected by adding a rough brick-and-plaster backsplash with warm-colored work lights.

Weathered Paint

Black Mountain Trading co on Instagram: “Adding a little age to this stunning kitchen built by Bloomsbury.  Both the range hood and backsplash got a layer of plaster and paint.…”
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The reclaimed brick on the walls now look more suitable for the space after coats of plaster and paint that match the existing range hood. The chosen color offers good contrast to the floating wooden shelves.

Exposed Bricks

Julie Brewster on Instagram: “My client shared this photo with the caption “It’s coming to life”... love that!!! 🌿🖤🌿 . . #nearingthefinishline #midmodreno #inhomedesign…”
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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

Bird on Instagram: “The Backsplash is coming right along.  Love these colors.  Natural tones,  Blue, Grey, turquoise,  white and cream.  The lighting hasn't…”
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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

Rustic Eclecticism Kitchen Remodel: Chester Springs, PA
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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

A Welcoming, Rustic Kitchen
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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

Rustic Modern Kitchen
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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

Northern Liberties, Philadelphia: Eclectic Kitchen Backsplash
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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

Rustic Kitchen
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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.