Zooey Deschanel is yet again serving us design inspiration – this time with kitchen backsplash tiles

Championing all things vintage, Zooey Deschanel is providing us with lots of kitchen design inspiration - and the design experts approve

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The kitchen backsplash is a versatile design feature: its highly practical nature ensures the space is easy to clean post-cooking, yet it's a design element you can get creative with. Zooey Deschanel champions this creativity with a recent Instagram post channeling a vintage-inspired tiled splashback wall.

In the cookery demonstration video, Deschanel gives us another reason to be inspired by her quirky design tastes. Her home, where she resides with partner Jonathan Scott, is located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, and is known for its notorious maximalist and 'anti-modern' decor

That's no different with this kitchen, which opts for vintage-looking tiles in a soft blue shade, contrasted against the more modern marble countertops and stainless steel features. It's a look that we're loving; it brings character to an otherwise understated room and nods to traditional kitchen ideas.

Interior designer Charmaine Wynter expands on the design choice, 'Antique-inspired tiles are becoming a captivating design signature, like the granny-chic decor style these vintage-looking tiles bring a touch of nostalgic charm to modern interiors. These tiles emulate the beauty and craftsmanship of eras gone by, with intricate patterns, aged patinas, and period color palettes.'

Charmaine Wynter
Charmaine Wynter

Charmaine Wynter is an award winning interior designer at Charmaine Wynter Interiors and applies her design experience to life, sharing her advice with her followers through her Instagram live 'Host-Chatting with Charmaine Live'. Charmaine has been a featured designer on TV shows across North America. 

Whilst larger elements in the kitchen, such as the cabinetry, can be a much bigger design decision, the beauty of wall tiles is that you can have fun with a more daring style, without overpowering the room. 

'Consider using them as a focal point in a kitchen backsplash like Zooey Deschanel has or as a creative statement floor in a bathroom or entryway. However you decide to showcase them, antique-inspired tiles effortlessly infuse spaces with a distinctive luxurious lived-in vibe,' Wynter goes on to explain. 

Recreate Zooey's look

Feeling inspired by Zooey's love for vintage-inspired design? Whether your kitchen is minimal and sleek, or a farmhouse kitchen, tiles are a great way to experiment with pattern and color to elevate the room and add a point of interest. 

We've selected a Deschanel-inspired set of tiles for you to shop below to recreate the look in your own home. 

Paint & Color Editor

Emily is H&G's Paint & Color Editor, covering all things color across interior design and home decor. She joined the team in the summer of 2023, having studied Fashion Communication at university before working in various creative roles ahead of making the leap into interiors. She lives in Glasgow where she loves admiring the city's architecture, frequenting her favorite coffee spots, and sourcing vintage furniture for her tenement apartment. Emily's interior style is inspired by the simplicity of midcentury design, mixed with more playful modern pieces that inject small (but bold) doses of color.