The tried and true river motif backsplash has been a fan favorite amongst our clients for years. The design was born when our besties at Construction2Style wanted something classic yet bold for their kitchen back in 2018. Since then, this organic design has evolved into many forms that use vibrant colors, mixed shapes, multiple glaze finishes, and even custom tile planters! Here are just a few of our favorites:
1. Classically Elegant River Backsplash
A touch of luxury flows through this kitchen with this statement river backsplash. The stunning feathered ombré is made up of handmade tile in Medium Diamonds and 2"x6" Subway Tile in neutral hues creating a classic yet trendy vibe. Typically, the "river" of diamonds starts at the base of the countertop and flows up through the range hood. However, this client chose to have the river go all the way up through the window and onto the adjacent wall making this backsplash proof that the options for an ombré river backsplash are endless.
To see more of this stunning kitchen backsplash, visit our Kitchen Tile Gallery.
Photography by Sage E Imagery
Styling by Creekwoodhill
Building & Remodeling by Black Dog Homes
2. Coastal River Ombré Design
One of our recent favorite takes on the classic river motif is this coastal backsplash with our Navy Medium Diamonds being the star of the show against our glossy white 2"x6" Subway tile. Similar to the backsplash above, we love how this client carried the design to the other side of the kitchen with a river flowing in the opposite direction under the bar area. This intentional detail adds uniformity to this inherently organic ombré design and completes the full look.
For more coastal tile designs, visit our blog "Beach Inspired Tile You're Shore to Adore"
Interior Design by @paigeleeinteriors
3. Colorful Craftsman Ombré Backsplash
This client took a uniquely colorful twist on our classic river motif by adding blues and green hues to their ombré design. We adore how they carried the colorful vibe to the other side of the kitchen by creating their own blend of glazes with pops of colorful hues. This vibrant diamond craftsman backsplash transformed this kitchen into an artful masterpiece that's just as colorful as it is captivating. Each tile is a brushstroke of personality, creating a mosaic of charm that's impossible to ignore.
For more color backsplash ideas, visit our blog "6 Colorful Backsplash Ideas"
Interior Design by Hanson Remodeling
Photography by Todd Hafermann
4. Light and Airy Pastel River Backsplash
Amanda from Heartbeet Kitchen added a sprinkle of sweetness to their kitchen with this pastel perfection. We’ve seen the river motif design in neutral variations time and time again, but in this stunning stove splash, we opted for a pastel color palette to create a light and airy feel to this modern kitchen. Just imagine the possibilities of color to make this design your own!
Learn more about the stunning kitchen below with our blog "Heartbeet Kitchen Before & After: Small Kitchen, Big Backsplash"
Medium Diamonds - 301 Marshmallow, 815W Light Grey, 912W Cloudy Sky, 214 Coastal Breeze, 22E Blue Opal, Custom Colors.
Interior Design by Heartbeet Kitchen
Styling by @Creekwoodhill & @francois_et_moi
Installation by @bcherney
Photography by @Sageeimagery
5. Dark and Moody River Backsplash
A unique twist on our classic river inspired backsplash, this dark and moody design took us all by a storm. This beautiful backsplash offers a modern and sleek vibe by playing with different glaze finishes and bold color choices. We adore this project because it shows that you can go brilliantly bold while maintaining a timeless look with a neutral palette.
For more on this bold backsplash, visit our blog "Modern Matte Black Kitchen Backsplash"
6. Minimalist Feathered Backsplash
This organic statement backsplash speaks volumes through its understated beauty and neutral palette. We love how the subtle hues of 11 Deco White, 130 White and 77E Grey harmonize with the boldness of the design, making it a conversation starter in any gathering. This backsplash will always be a favorite because it serves as a quiet yet impactful reminder that sometimes, less truly is more.
Love this look? Read this blog to learn more "7 Ways to Rock Scandinavian Modern Style with Tile"
7. Geo-Hex River Backsplash...with Custom Tile Planters!
This organic river backsplash uses both Large Hexagons and Medium Diamonds to truly create a one-of-a-kind look. Plus, we love how the homeowners of this festive kitchen chose to add one single Hexagon Custom Tile Planter in 11 Deco White to their design. Not only does it make the space more dynamic but it's the best conversation starter!
For more ways to mix shapes, visit our blog "7 Modern Ways to Mix and Match Tile Shapes"
Large Hexagons, Small Hexagons, Medium Diamonds, 2"x6"s – 11 Deco White, 77E Grey, 22E Blue Opal, Custom Color, 1016 Costa Rica, 1013 Denim, 301 Marshmallow
Large Hexagon Planter – 11 Deco White
Interior Design by Crystal Kitchen & Bath.
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