Best Backsplash Ideas For Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops

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Choosing the right kitchen backsplash for your dark cabinets and light countertops can be tricky. Whether you want to embrace something complimentary or emphasize the contrast, there are endless backsplash tile options available.

We’ve chosen the best backsplash ideas for dark cabinets and light countertops for a multitude of kitchen styles and color combinations. Read on to discover inspirational design ideas:

1. White Glossy Subway Tile

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White Glossy Subway Ceramic Tile 4x12

White Glossy Subway Ceramic Tile

4"x12"x15/64"
Blanc Fes Glossy Subway Zellige Tile 2x6

Blanc Fes Glossy Subway Zellige Tile

2"x6"x5/8"
Royal White Glossy Subway Ceramic Tile 3x9

Royal White Glossy Subway Ceramic Tile

3"x9"x3/8"

We start off our list with a classic backsplash for dark cabinets. This glossy white ceramic subway tile suits black kitchen cabinets as well as other dark-hued tones. Its simplicity makes it highly versatile and adaptable, and its glossy finish makes rooms seem more light and airy.

2. Patterned Ceramic Tile with Black Wood Cabinets

This black and wood kitchen is elevated with a traditional patterned ceramic tile backsplash. Choosing a ceramic tile with a pattern offers an interesting design element that adds intricate detail to the contrasting look of black cabinets and white countertops. The result is a kitchen with rustic charm.

3. Geometric Navy and White Backsplash

If you’re looking for a way of making your dark cabinets and light countertop feel more harmonious, pick a backsplash tile that includes both of those colors to draw the room together. This white and navy basket-weave marble mosaic tile compliments the navy cabinets and brass detailings nicely.

4. Fluted Green Marble Mosaic Tile

One of our most organic feeling backsplash ideas for dark cabinets and light countertops, this green cabinet and fluted green marble mosaic tile is incredibly alluring. It creates a natural atmosphere that works perfectly with organic modern and rustic kitchens.

5. White Arabesque Tile Backsplash

Modern black kitchen cabinets

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Gothic Arabesque Snow White Honed Marble Waterjet Decos 4 7/8x8 13/16

Gothic Arabesque Snow White Honed Marble Waterjet Decos

47/8"x813/16"x3/8"
Bianco Dolomiti Classic Polished Arabesque Marble Mosaic 12x12

Bianco Dolomiti Classic Polished Arabesque Marble Mosaic

12"x12"x3/8"
Snow White Honed Arabesque Marble Mosaic 12x12

Snow White Honed Arabesque Marble Mosaic

12"x12"x3/8"

Arabesque tile designs offer a fluid and dynamic dimension to kitchen spaces. Modern black kitchen cabinets look beautiful when offset with a bright white backsplash like these marble arabesque waterjet tiles. They add a touch of elegance to kitchens with black cabinets.

6. Black and White Tile Backsplash

A perfect choice for backsplash ideas for dark cabinets and light countertops, this black and white basketweave mosaic tile offers a highly contrasted look. Additionally, it provides the added bonus of adding dimension to a space, which makes it seem more spacious.

7. Mid-Century White Tile Backsplash

small kitchen black kitchen cabinets

This mid-century-inspired white marble tile has a stunning asymmetrical design that is the definition of chic. It creates an optical illusion that elongates the space, making it ideal for small kitchen black kitchen cabinets. This subtle luminescence of white marble brights up the space, too.

8. Thin Marble Subway Tile Backsplash

black cabinets with white countertops

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Bianco Dolomiti Classic Polished Subway Marble Tile 4x12

Bianco Dolomiti Classic Polished Subway Marble Tile

4"x12"x3/8"
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Neptune White Honed Subway Marble Tile 4x12

Neptune White Honed Subway Marble Tile

4"x12"x3/8"
10%OFF
Statuario Gold Honed Subway Marble Look Porcelain Tile 4x12

Statuario Gold Honed Subway Marble Look Porcelain Tile

4"x12"x25/64"

When it comes to modern black kitchen designs, marble subway tiles are a popular choice. The delicate veining of the marble adds a unique spin to classic ceramic subway tiles. Note how the backsplash tile in the picture above matches the black cabinets with white countertops.

9. Black Backsplash Kitchen

black backsplash kitchen

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Noir Glossy Subway Zellige Tile 2x6

Noir Glossy Subway Zellige Tile

2"x6"x5/8"
Iris Black Polished Subway Marble Tile 2x8

Iris Black Polished Subway Marble Tile

2"x8"x1/2"
Bronze Multi Finish Subway Ceramic Tile 3x6

Bronze Multi Finish Subway Ceramic Tile

3"x6"x3/8"

If you’re seeking an alternative to classic white backsplash tiles, then fully embrace the look of a modern dark kitchen with this black backsplash kitchen idea. Black zellige tile backsplashes are one of our top choices, but black marble subway tiles or black ceramic subway tiles look just as alluring.

10. Vintage Ceramic Tile Backsplash

If you’re seeking black kitchen ideas that soften the overall look of your space, then consider a patterned vintage ceramic tile. The charming, delicate design of this ceramic tile offsets the bold lines of the black cabinets and white countertops.

11. Industrial Black Subway Tile Backsplash

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Black Matte Subway Ceramic Tile 4x12

Black Matte Subway Ceramic Tile

4"x12"x15/64"
Black Glossy Subway Ceramic Tile 4x12

Black Glossy Subway Ceramic Tile

4"x12"x15/64"
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Santorini Satin Subway Glass Tile 3x9

Santorini Satin Subway Glass Tile

3"x9"x3/8"

Another black backsplash tile option, these black subway tiles have an industrial edge. Its glossy, artisanal look elevates the kitchen and works well with the navy cabinets and brass handles. The black kitchen tile makes the space feel bolder and sophisticated.

12. Checkerboard Backsplash Tile

Another one of our alternating tile backsplash options, this kitchen backsplash utilizes alternating white and blue encaustic tiles for a chic country home design. The two colors create a pleasing backdrop for the cabinets in a similar blue tone.

13. Large Black Square Backsplash Tile

This kitchen with black cabinets has a minimalist design with a streamlined, sleek look. The black kitchen walls are made from large-format black square marble tile. They have a brushed finish, which adds a textured element to traditional black backsplash tiles.

14. Abstract Ceramic Mosaic Tile

This abstract white and blue ceramic tile has a quirky, contemporary style that offers a refreshing take on most traditional backsplash designs. The blue tiles match the dark navy cabinets and suit the rustic look of this vintage kitchen design.

15. Sleek Stacked White Subway Tiles

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Avalon Polished Subway On Mesh Marble Mosaic 8 1/2x16 3/4

Avalon Polished Subway On Mesh Marble Mosaic

81/2"x163/4"x3/8"
Blanc Niege Glossy Subway Zellige Tile 2x6

Blanc Niege Glossy Subway Zellige Tile

2"x6"x5/8"

These understated modern black kitchen cabinets work beautifully with the stacked white subway tile backsplash. The stacked style of the backsplash works well with the streamlined, sleek look of the black cabinets and white countertops. There is a reason why white marble tiles are considered some of the best wall tiles.

16. Gray Backsplash Tile

This dark green kitchen is certainly a standout. The dark forest green hues suit the gray penny backsplash tile, which matches the gray marble tile floors of this dark floor kitchen. The overall look is pleasing to the eye and creates a harmonious atmosphere in the kitchen.

17. Modern Black and White Ceramic Tile

This black and white ceramic tile is one of our most unique standout designs. The swirling pattern of the backsplash tile creates the perfect accent wall for kitchens. For the opposite look, consider black kitchen backsplash ideas with white cabinets.

18. Gray Marble Subway Tile

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Romano White Polished Subway Marble Look Porcelain Tile 4x12

Romano White Polished Subway Marble Look Porcelain Tile

4"x12"x3/8"
Carrara Zebrino Polished Subway Marble Look Porcelain Tile 4x12

Carrara Zebrino Polished Subway Marble Look Porcelain Tile

4"x12"x3/8"
Calacatta Renoire Polished Subway Marble Look Porcelain Tile 4x12

Calacatta Renoire Polished Subway Marble Look Porcelain Tile

4"x12"x3/8"

This black and gray kitchen design ties the room together by combining the black cabinets, white countertop, and gray backsplash tile. Gray backsplash tiles are an ideal way to soften the contrast between dark cabinets and light countertops.

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