While the all-white kitchen remains popular, we’ve been noticing a shift toward darker hues — including dramatic black — in kitchen photos uploaded to Houzz. This lovely space in Marseille, France, by designer Margherita Olivero marries a backsplash of handmade Moroccan zellige tile with perimeter cabinetry of oak wood burned using a Japanese technique called shou-sugi-ban. Together with the wood-base island and stone counter, the elements produce a dramatic yet organic look.
This Los Angeles kitchen from Empire Remodeling & Design features matching wood on the kitchen island base, the kitchen backsplash and the accent wall on the left side of the room. The warmth of the wood nicely offsets the sleek white of the flat-front cabinets.
Interior design group Space Harmony chose a watery blue backsplash that looks like a painting to grace this Vancouver kitchen. In fact, the design is actually a custom PVC wallpaper behind protective glass. Flat white cabinets keep the attention on the backsplash.
Graphic green cement tile creates a refreshing mood in this otherwise white Toronto kitchen by Kinswater. The tile continues above the window to form an accent wall.
This fun Vancouver backsplash of black, white and gray hexagonal tiles traipses merrily up the wall, refusing to stick to a predictable rhythm. The result is a delightful surprise to the eye.
Wallpaper in rich green with gold veining makes for a beautiful backsplash in this Moscow eat-in kitchen.
A larger-than-life array of flowers graces this kitchen backsplash by Plac’Art – L’Artisan-Menuisier. What a refreshing scene to enjoy with morning coffee!
In this Minneapolis kitchen by CliqStudios, sedate gray and white subway tile gives way to tiles in a creative pattern depicting cubes or pinwheels, depending on how your eyes see them. As the tiles approach the range hood, they get increasingly dark.