Backsplash Designs: 5 Vintage Looks in Contemporary Patterns

June 17, 2020

retro kitchen backsplash design

Blending styles from the past and present is easy to do when working with classic materials, and one of the best ways to feature this effortlessly chic character is through backsplash designs. Using vintage-styled tiles in a kitchen or bathroom allow the blast-from-the-past pattern to be on full display.

To best pair the old with the new, place retro and modern elements right next to each other, and pick appliances and fixtures that complement the minimalist or shabby chic looks. Choose colors popular of that era to help recreate the vintage vibe, and keep balance and function at the heart of the design. For some nostalgic inspiration, check out these five vintage mosaics

Bianco Dolomite Chevron

retro kitchen backsplash design

Bianco Dolomite Chevron is a striking mosaic wall tile that combines white and gray marble from Turkey. Even though we may think of the design as contemporary, surprisingly, the chevron pattern dates all the way back to the 14th century. The timeless, polished material and zigzag pattern create a dynamic backsplash without overpowering the gray tone-on-tone cabinets and natural stone countertops

Kenzzi Zoudia

retro kitchen backsplash design

Kenzzi Zoudia is an encaustic-style porcelain tile with a creamy white background that features a gray and beige geometric star pattern. Traditional encaustic tile patterns have been used for centuries, from the 12th and 13th centuries to its return during the Gothic Revival in the 18th century. With a transitional kitchen, the homeowners opted for a playful backsplash pattern that adds visual interest and serves as the perfect nod to the past by uniting the blended designs in this chic cooking space. 

Retro Nero Scallop

retro kitchen backsplash design

Retro Nero Scallop is a bold and beautiful porcelain tile in rich black and a glossy finish. The sea-inspired design dates all the way back to the 8th century where it was a staple in both Mediterranean and contemporary Moorish designs. Instead of selecting a bright blue, these homeowners chose black for a more tonal look that complements the gray flooring, blue-gray cabinetry, and white countertops. It can give a seaside home a nod to the past while keeping in line with its contemporary design aesthetic. 

Black and White Hexagon

retro bathroom backsplash design

Black and White Hexagon is a charming porcelain tile that features a graphic pattern in a retro-vibe and a modern tile matte finish. The hexagon shapes and black-and-white coloring make for a fabulous floor-to-ceiling installation statement like in this master bathroom. Since the design is somewhat busy, the homeowners kept the rest of the style sleek and minimal, from the uber-modern floating white vanity to the medicine-cabinet mirrors for added storage to the touches of wood accents for much-needed warmth. 

Bianco Dolomite Geometrica

retro kitchen backsplash design

Bianco Dolomite Geometrica is a white-and-gray marble tile that stunningly combines the timelessness of natural stone with a contemporary pattern. While the touches of black break up an all-white kitchen, the polished marble from Turkey is a striking addition to this retro-inspired kitchen. Instead of opting for a 1950s black-and-white design, these homeowners loved the elegant kitchen backsplash tile that elevates this kitchen’s sophisticated style.