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Brilliant Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

A backsplash isn't just for the kitchen. A backsplash will help protect the wall behind the sink from water damage while also adding some visual interest to your bathroom. From bold to traditional, colorful to neutral, here are 10 brilliant bathroom backsplash ideas to inspire you.

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Eclectic Tile

Break out of the norm with mismatched tile. By mixing up tiles in various colors, you may not only be able to save money, but you’ll get a one-of-a-kind design that will give your bathroom a boho, playful look. Follow these 13 tile tips for a better bathroom.

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Black Subway Tile

White subway tile is a classic, but by switching it to black you’ll give your bathroom a modern, sleek look. This sophisticated black subway tile backsplash is matched with a wood -tone countertop and white sink to give the bathroom plenty of contrast. Master the art of subway tile with these tips.

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Add Depth and Texture

Have an all-white bathroom? Try a bathroom backsplash with a bit of texture. This white, patterned tile gives the white bathroom added depth. Yes, you can regrout bathroom tile—here’s how.

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Penny Backsplash

A penny backlash can make a bold statement in your bathroom. Try metal or copper tile in a round pattern to add a bit of glam. But don’t go overboard—this look works best as an accent or as a tile border around a bathroom mirror. These tricks can help you clean a bathroom faster and better.

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Black and White

For a classic look with a bit of an update, try black and white tile in a geometric pattern as a bathroom backsplash. The color combination goes with just about any wall color and the geometric pattern gives the bathroom an on-trend look. Check out these top bathroom tile trends.

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Your bathroom backsplash doesn’t have to be tile. Wood planks are inexpensive and unexpected. This style works well if you’re going for a rustic, farmhouse look in your bathroom. If you do use wood as a bathroom backplash, be sure to seal the wood to protect it from moisture. A polyurethane varnish or water-based varnish is a DIY friendly option on stained wood. For painted wood, use a washable, acrylic latex paint.

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Calming Ocean Hues

Blues and greens are calming colors, so bring the ocean hues to your bathroom. Try shimmering glass tiles in light blues and greens for a bathroom backsplash that pairs well with white to create a crisp, cool design. Check out peel-and-stick glass tiles that are easy to install—no grout needed!

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Neutral Geometric

Geometric tile designs are all the rage, but you don’t have to go bold to get in on the trend. Try a geometric bathroom backsplash in neutral tones for a look that will be on-trend for years to come. This look would also work well as a tile border around a mirror. Learn how to tile a DIY backsplash for less than $200.

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If you like the modern, industrial look, try a bathroom backsplash in concrete or gray concrete tile. The concrete look pairs well with white, black and wood tones to create a sophisticated look. Check out this tile that looks like concrete!

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Backsplashes are a great spot for colorful, mosaic tiles. Mosaic tiles come in large sheets, making them a DIY-friendly option for creating visual interest. Go for a mix of colors, or stick to a single color, such as a deep blue which pairs well with a natural wood countertop.

Rachel Brougham
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