I (Michelle) will be the first to admit that I’m far from a top chef in the kitchen (and my roommates will attest to that), but I’ve been newly inspired by these beautiful backsplashes to spruce up my space and make my cooking comeback. Whether you’re going for a natural pebble stone or a colorful tiled mosaic, these patterned palettes make a bold impression… and since guests always seem to congregate in the kitchen, an artful backsplash might be the perfect focal point to distract from any culinary mayhem at your next dinner party. Follow the jump for a few more risky renovations, and tell me, would you dare turn the heat up in your kitchen with a show stopping backsplash?

images: 1. Better Homes and Gardens Magazine 2. Better Homes and Gardens Magazine 3. Mikkel Adsbol for BoligLiv via Shelterness 4. The Whitehouse Daylesford kitchen via Semi Ex Pat in Oz

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  1. 1
    Marie May 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I love all the colors! What fun kitchens! 🙂

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    Lily Lemontree (AS) May 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    All such gorgeous kitchens but I adore the backsplash in the second and that first kitchen is calling my name!!

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    Silvia May 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I live at the beach, at literally have gazillions of rocks, shells and bits of driftwood I pickup on my walks… the stone backsplash is making my mind race!!! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    kim | howtolovethisworld.com May 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    These are gorgeous! We remodeled our kitchen a year ago and skipped a backsplash but now I really want/need one. Thinking of thick, clear glass or white subway tile. The stones are amazing, though.

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    Eleni || My Paradissi May 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Oh! That pebbles backsplash is surprisingly amazing!

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    laura @ hollywood housewife May 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    We’re about to remodel our kitchen and we’re making about 80% “safe” decisions and 20% risky ones. I want to have something classic, but also put our stamp on it. All of the kitchens you posted were fun and very pretty, but it might be hard to live with day in and day out?

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    Mandy May 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Beautiful! I am a huge fan of tile backsplashes. Especially love the first image!


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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats May 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    That 1st kitchen just makes me happy!!

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    TEREZA May 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    First and second images really inspired me.
    Beautiful pics, congratulations on your post.
    Warm hugs.

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    Debra Kapellakis May 10, 2012 at 7:15 am

    The first and third photo I like.

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    Michelle Sereno May 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Glad ya’ll are as inspired as I am! Thanks so much you guys!

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    Hannah May 11, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I DARE! I love Le Creuset and bright earthenware which would be great as pops of more subtle color in an already statement kitchen. Man, I wish I didnt rent.