Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Dark Cabinets – Sleek & Elegant Tile Designs

21+ Modern Backsplash for Dark Cabinets

Dark Brown Cabinet Copper Backsplash Tile BA62010

ID# 174001 – Product BA62010 – Glass and Metal Mosaic Tile Backsplash


Multicolored Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Dark Cabinets and Gold Hardware

The harmony of the brown and white in contemporary kitchens is not to be negotiated, but to make such a moody color palette more approachable, use textures, sculptural forms, and understated patterns! In this kitchen, for instance, eye-catching mosaic tile backsplash with copper accents brings the right amount of texture and character. The brown and gray shades of these tiles blend perfectly with the dark wood kitchen cabinets and colonize the whole wall surface without even skipping the range hood.

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ID# 174011 – Product BA62038 – White Glass & Quartz Mosaic Backsplash Tile


Gray Raised-panel Cabinets with Glass Mosaic Tile Backsplash

The statement-making modern glass tiles come as puzzle pieces that complement each other to form unique patterns. Their sleek look and crackle finish provide the perfect pattern to add movement to the otherwise too-plain kitchen. Likewise, the brushed nickel hardware integrated here and there breaks up the uniform look of the gray cabinets to create diversity, while glazed white countertops bring the right amount of shine to build a sense of contrast.

Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Dark Cabinets

A modern backsplash with a smooth and unified style could be your saving grace if you want to update the sturdy and substantial appearance of your dark-colored cabinets! Consider it the ideal meeting place for refinement and modern coolness in design. Modern backsplash ideas come in a wide variety of designs, from large-format stone slabs to tiles with geometric patterns. Are you sold on this concept? If so, check out these 22+ modern backsplash ideas for dark cabinets that will instantly add warmth, sophistication and elegance to the room!

When you enter the world of modern kitchen backsplashes you will see that there are enormous options! You can use grays, whites, blacks, or even colorful ones. It is up to the design and your taste, of course. If you want to go a little adventurous, you can take advantage of geometrical patterns, vivid colors, and unique shapes. Other timeless options are natural stone slabs such as marble, granite, or limestone. Since neutral shades are extremely versatile, these stone slabs are one of the most fail-safe options when it comes to creating a modern aesthetic!

Contemporary Kitchen Gray Cabinet Backsplash And Countertop

ID# 174002 – Product BA1038 – Modern Long Gray Subway Tile


Matte Gray Kitchen Cabinets with Full-height Backsplash and Circular Range Hoods

What greets you in this modern industrial kitchen is the dark gray accentuated by black hardware! To complement them with an easy-going nature element, the satin finish limestone backsplash is used to create a soft and neutral background to assist the gray countertops in a modern context. Complementing them are the circular range hoods that add a dose of color to the design without breaking the subtle elegance of the gray shades.

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Brown Cabinet Granite Countertop With Chevron Slate Mosaic Tile BA1065

ID# 174003 – Product BA1065 – Rusty Brown & Gray Slate Tile Backsplash


Rustic Modern Kitchen with Chevron Patterned Backsplash and Granite Countertops

Colors, patterns, and textures… All that a design requires is present in this rustic modern kitchen where the overhead cabinets are ditched in favor of a gray-brown chevron backsplash that traverses the walls. Not to break up the unity but to create a distinguishing feature, the range hood is enveloped by stainless steel material. Below, the gray granite countertops create a seamless look with the slate tiles, and chrome additions bring a healthy look along with the natural wood cabinets.

What backsplash goes with dark cabinets?

First, we have a question for you. Are you fond of dark and moody kitchens or fresh and airy looks? Or do you want your kitchen to energize you with pops of colors? Depending on the impact you desire, you can choose backsplashes in light, dark, or more colorful shades as dark cabinets comply with all sorts of colors. However, a couple of colors and materials stand out as the most preferred options that add an upscale feel to the kitchens with dark cabinets.

First of all, marble is one of the most popular backsplashes, whose various shades (blue, beige, brown, green, white) are used to complement dark cabinets. You can get their slab or tile versions. In general, if you are fond of natural materials, limestone, zellige, and quartzite also work well with dark cabinets.

For tile backsplashes, white ceramic subway tile, glazed brown stacked, square tile, and geometric pattern backsplashes are also used, though not as popular as marble. If you are low on budget, marble-look quartz or porcelain slab backsplashes provide excellent alternatives at affordable prices.

When you have a contemporary kitchen with slab-front dark cabinets and aim to enhance this sleek and clean look, you can consider glass sheet backsplashes. If you are feeling adventurous enough, you can get it in yellow or orange shades to make a statement and give the space an extra modern spin.

Black Kitchen Cabinet Marble Countertop Modern Slate Backsplash Tile BA1081

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Textured Matte Black Cabinets with White and Black Countertops

This ultra-sleek contemporary kitchen design features a minimalist palette with a refined design language. The white countertops with striking black veins break up the monochromatic black look, while the matte finishes emphasize the materials themselves. Black flat-panel cabinets adorned by a slight textural look just blend with the black vertical tile backsplash and the white grout emphasizes the long and slim shape of the tiles to add another texture.

Different Dark Cabinet Colors

Ranging from pitch black to dark wood, espresso, charcoal gray, navy blue, dark olive and forest green cabinets, you have a wide array of color options for dark cabinets! Depending on the style of your kitchen, you can adjust the color scheme. For example, if you are fond of modern farmhouse looks, dark olive and forest green cabinets bring an excellent vibe. You can pair them with butcher block countertops, copper kitchenware and even a black zellige backsplash. Besides that, dark wood, charcoal, and pitch-black flat-front cabinets are excellent fits for modern and contemporary kitchens. You can also feel free to combine two different colors to break up the monotonic look or use black-glass fronted cabinets to give the kitchen a high-end look.

Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Black Cabinets

Among the modern backsplash options for black cabinets, we can count the stacked subway tiles, gray, white, or multi-colored marble slabs, soapstone, and geometric tile backsplashes. You can give white ceramic tiles a satin or glazed finish to add extra character to the background, which will also recontextualize them in a modern subtext. You can do the same to marble and soapstone backsplashes. With their glazed surfaces, they provide a sense of light and spaciousness as other kitchen elements’ and the windows’ reflections fall across them. Light also bounces off the gloss backsplashes, creating an energetic and playful ambiance. But if you like geometric forms, you can get chevron, diamond, and hexagon pattern backsplashes for a modern look. Glass sheet backsplashes are another alternative you can consider.

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Matte Black Modern Cabinets with Gray Granite Countertops

The sophisticated backsplash of gray limestone perfectly complements the sleek black stained cabinetry that gives the room an edge! The black kitchen island which reflects the base cabinets, gives the area a refined look. The metallic accents, which soften the modern components and make the design more approachable, go well with the gorgeous marble and black cabinetry.

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Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Dark Cabinets and Brass Hardware

Statement finish backsplashes with matching countertops are one way to complement the dark cabinets. In this kitchen, for example, the white glass backsplash heavily marked by black streaks creates a wow factor. The black-glass fronted overhead cabinets introduce a different material for a sense of transparency without breaking the uniform look. The crisp white quartz countertops bring an upscale feel, while the cabinet hardware is finished with brushed brass to soften the black-white repertoire.

What is the trend for backsplash in 2024?

As modern and contemporary kitchens with open-plan layouts become more and more part of our lives, slab backsplashes for their cohesive and sleek look grow in popularity, too. Generally made of natural stones or quartz and porcelain, these slab backsplashes can be integrated into your kitchen not only because they are trending in 2024 but also because they achieve a timeless look, too. You can either let them run short or take them up to the ceiling in place of overhead cabinets. Plus, given that curvaceous and nature-inspired forms are getting more popular, you can get slab backsplashes featuring curvy silhouettes instead of the ones that end with a straight line.

What about the tile backsplashes?

But if you prefer tile backsplashes, ceramic backsplashes with a stacked layout stand out as another on-trend backsplash. You can also use ceramic tiles to curate different patterns to create a modern background. Nowadays, unexpected geometric patterns bring a contemporary voice to the kitchens. While getting one, you can also act boldly with color choices.

Gloss or Matte? Which one is popular?

Recently, there has been a shift from matte finishes to glazed backsplashes. If you want your kitchen to feel more glossy and to be in constant play with light, glazed tile/ panel backsplashes are wow-factor pieces. Of course, they also tend to provide a statement contrast especially when combined with natural materials like wood cabinets.

Black Cabinet Modern Gray Glass Marble Backsplash Tile BA1037

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Modern Black Kitchen with Gray Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Keeping it all black provides an understated yet tasteful design, creating a great ambiance for a restful repose and self-contemplation. This modern Scandinavian-inspired kitchen makes use of the monochromatic look with all-black cabinetry and countertops to orchestrate a cohesive look. Yet, there is one luxurious element, gray mosaic tile backsplash that creates the upscale zone of the room to host guests with pride.

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Modern Home Bar Design with Black and White Full-height Backsplash

We are amazed by how this modern home bar pulls off a harmonious look out of such bold statement elements. From the sleek black cabinetry to the black and white mosaic tile backsplash and open shelving, each piece helps curate a harmonious and integrated look, championing the diversity of the different textures and materials. The eye-catching design of this glass mosaic instantly changes the overall look of this otherwise plain home bar while the beautiful glassware on the single floating shelf adds more interest to the accent wall.

What backsplash goes with dark cabinets and dark countertops?

If you love monochromatic looks, you can get a backsplash in darker tones as well. This way, you can create a seamless look. But make sure to use a different material to integrate a different texture that will also speak for itself.

In dark-themed kitchens, sudden bursts of light shades create dramatic and striking contrasts. Thus, you can get a white subway tile backsplash for a classic look or a glass sheet backsplash for a modern appeal. But if you prefer something in the middle, a gray backsplash ( marble, glass, zellige, soapstone, etc.) works well with dark cabinets and countertops to create a neutral backdrop with a sense of lightness.

Long Black Slate Modern Kitchen Backsplash Tile BA1081

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Modern Black Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Appliances

This all-black look provides the space with a contemporary feel, acting as a single body. Though it looks uniform, each piece has its unique character, contributing to the overarching narrative. Starting from the shaker cabinetry to the brass hardware, the modern vertical tile backsplash, and white countertops, each material brings a different texture. It is only the white countertops and brass hardware that stand apart without breaking the integrity.

Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Dark Gray Cabinets

Dark gray cabinets are perfect additions to a kitchen if you desire a design that is moody, edgy and sophisticated! To complement them, you can use soapstone, honed granite, marble, glass sheet and zellige tiles. If you feel more adventurous and are looking for a masculine look, mustard yellow subway tile backsplashes could be another interesting addition. With suspended shelves and industrial-lighting fixtures, you can complement this yellow-gray look, making it closer to a timeless design with the incorporation of modern-classic pieces.

Industrial Kitchen Gray Cabinet And Limestone Backsplash Tile

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Two-tone Kitchen Cabinetry with Limestone Backsplash Tiles

The two-tone cabinetry of whites and dark grays is in complete synergy with the gray-white marble countertops. If you hesitate to fill the kitchen with dark cabinets, integrate white cupboards to break up the monotonic look. To complement it, add some movement to the sleek flat-front cabinets. Use a naturally patterned modern gray limestone backsplash that brings a statement finish as here, while brass hardware adds a shot of color to entertain the space. The use of marble on the cantilevered extension of the island also marks the eating space, preventing the different functional zones of the island from bleeding into each other. Additionally, coordinating patterns is another way of evoking interest. Check how the exposed brick wall on the left side coordinates naturally with wood flooring.

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Gray and White Kitchen Design with Porcelain Tile Backsplash

The balanced feel of this transitional kitchen springs from the white and gray color scheme, which visually feels light and airy thanks to the sleek hardware and chrome accessories. The gray porcelain tile backsplash in synergy with the color palette of the kitchen is the busiest pattern piece of the design, which makes it the wow factor.

Modern Kitchen Backsplash For Dark Brown Cabinets

The appeal of dark brown and dark wood cupboards transforming your house into a comfortable retreat is like taking the outdoors inside. The key ingredient, if you’re going for a contemporary look, is a backsplash made of marble, soapstone, limestone or polished granite!

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Mosaic Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Dark Cabinets and Marble Countertops

If you have dark cabinets, you can use multiple methods to enliven them. Brass accents and white details are more than enough to create a more sensible environment. Not to mention the eye-catching mosaic tile backsplash adorned by glass and metal tiles that take the lead as a centerpiece of the design which is perfectly exemplified in this modern kitchen! The copper details of this modern backsplash perfectly complement the warm sense of the brown cabinets and add a dazzling effect!

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Espresso Kitchen Cabinet White Modern Countertop White Diamond Glass Backsplash Tile BA62046

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White and Brown Kitchen Cabinets with White Glass Backsplash Tiles

If you are wondering what is the simplest way to achieve a timeless look, here is your answer! This light-flooded timeless transitional kitchen is all about wood textures and spreading out optimistic vibes that come with white quartz countertops. It is where the freshness of the full-height glass tile backsplash meets the warmth of timber cabinets. Complemented by floating chrome cabinet hardware, it presents a tailored yet intimate look that flows and reveals. But apart from those, as we all have grown familiar with the wood and wood applications for centuries it is no surprise that we are still so drawn to its warmth and texture. Especially when it is given a modern spin with sleek and clean lines as in this provincial kitchen design!

Should the backsplash be lighter or darker than the cabinets?

There is no rule of thumb on that. It rather depends on the homeowners’ interests, tastes, and expectations from an interior design. But generally speaking, using a lighter backsplash alleviates and lightens up the interior space, while dark cabinets emphasize the visual drama, achieving an edgy and moodier atmosphere. If you balance the coordination of light and dark shades, you can even play with the scale of the room, expanding the visual scheme on the vertical and horizontal axes.

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Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Dark Cabinets and Crisp White Countertops

Wow… This unique backsplash design is definitely a game-changer! Heartwarming wood cupboards create a well-integrated look, while the subtle tonal variations in the marble diamond tile backsplash add depth and texture to the background. Brass cabinet handles bring just the right amount of glow to give the kitchen a healthier look. The white quartz countertops complement the bright appeal of the backsplash tiles perfectly.

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Marble Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Dark Cabinets and White Countertops

The beige marble backsplash that encircles the two-tone kitchen cabinets is the primary feature of this Nordic Scandinavian design! The oak floor and dark wood cabinets with rich stains add just the appropriate amount of warmth to the kitchen while enhancing its dramatic effect. The white shaker cabinets and range hood on the upper sections give a bright airy feel while balancing the textured surfaces.

How can I brighten my kitchen with dark cabinets?

To brighten up a kitchen with dark cabinets, you can benefit from under-cabinet accent lighting fixtures and mirrors and add contrasting colors or create accent walls to make a statement. Such sudden bursts of colors not only lighten up the kitchen but also create a sense of vibrancy and energize the space. This way, you can easily upgrade the mood of the space and yours as well.

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Classic White Subway Tile Backsplash with Quartz Countertops

White subway tile backsplashes are a terrific accent that gives refinement to any kitchen, modern farmhouse, contemporary, or otherwise! This kitchen is no different! The white marble backsplash, surrounded by stunning wood cabinets, provides an exquisite backdrop with its classic elegance. The white quartz countertops provide even more complexity to this gorgeous appearance, making the entire ensemble a visual feast!

Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Dark Blue Cabinets

If you want something dark but also colorful, why not try dark blue cabinets? To emphasize their modern look, you can use fish scale tile, gray or blue marble, orange glass sheet, and geometric pattern ( herringbone, chevron, hexagon, matchstick, and grid) backsplashes. Don’t hesitate to use pops of colors and eccentric geometric shapes, especially if you desire a super-modern look. Also, don’t forget to give the range hood treatment with the same backsplash material, which is a very popular design feature in contemporary kitchens.

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Blue and White Cabinets with Blue Glass Hexagon Tile Backsplash

No one can doubt the harmony achieved with dark blue cabinets and white tones, which is what we have in this astonishing kitchen. The natural marble textures of the blue glass hexagon tile backsplash characterize the space in the center. The white upper cabinets provide breathing space while the white Silestone quartz countertops complement this open and airy feel. Overall, it is modern and well-curated with a dazzling touch!

Are dark cabinets out of style in 2024?

On the contrary, dark cabinets are having a moment of their own, and they owe this to their contemporary and sleek look that feels sophisticated and upscale in the meantime. A complicated simplicity comes alive with the dark shades, which somehow relax its users. Plus, whether you want to curate a rustic, modern, contemporary, farmhouse, or Scandi feel, you can always work with dark cabinets that will anchor the look effortlessly with an inherent charm. Just try to get ones with recessed handles and slab-front cabinet doors for they provide a sleek look that meets the demands of the decluttered modern kitchens.

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Mosaic tile Modern Kitchen Backsplash with Dark Cabinets and Chrome Fixtures

The navy blue cabinets with mosaic backsplash orchestrate a beach-inspired look that energizes its users from the first moment. The sleek undermount sink and chrome faucet harmonize to enrich the color repertoire. Aside from those, each piece in this transitional kitchen works harmoniously to befriend the backsplash rich in colors.

Modern Kitchen Backsplash for Dark Green Cabinets

Joy to the lovers of nature! Dark green cabinets could be your best friends if you’re drawn to the rich hues of the great outdoors and yearn for a little drama. The earthy beauty of terracotta square tiles, the sunny attraction of yellow zellige, the opulent dance of green-white marble, or the captivating patterns of onyx. These backsplashes create a contemporary and dramatic style that goes very well with your dark green cabinets. They’re more than simply materials; they’re doorways to a lovely world of greens.

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Greenish White Modern Backsplash for Dark Cabinets

Modern green-white backsplash for sleek green cabinets in a Scandinavian kitchen! They are well-coordinated with the white upper cabinets and countertops. Looking at the main features of the kitchen, the vastness of the space, white upper cabinets and countertops, and glass backsplash just provide the perfect background for every element to settle in. Plus, all these features make it effortless to create a Scandi feel which seems to be ever-present in this kitchen!

How do you make dark kitchen cabinets look good?

To improve the look of dark cabinets, you can build layers of lighting with cool and warm white lights. This way, you can create a sense of depth and dimension to make the space more sensible and intimate. The oversized pendants, wall sconces, spotlights, and flush mounts facilitate the layering. Apart from that, metallic accents, especially antiqued and stainless steel additions, work well with dark cabinets. They introduce a different texture that brightens the space.

Statement finishes that come with natural stones are another way of improving the overall look. The counter stools, likewise, can bombard the space with pops of oranges and yellows. But if you want to do some tricks on dark cabinets, you can give them a high gloss finish for a sleek and ultra-modern look.

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Chevron Backsplash Tiles with Green Cabinets and Wood Countertops

The mesmerizing beauty of the slate tile backsplash is undeniable in the company of dark green cabinets! The rough finish of the chevron tile backsplash builds a sense of depth and texture-rich background. The brass accessories and wood countertops contribute warming shades to offset the edgy personality of the kitchen! Though dominated by a dark color repertoire, the warmth of the green cabinets heads towards a peaceful life with a timeless look!

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