Kitchen Backsplash Design Tips


Okay, you’ve decided it’s time to tackle the kitchen backsplash, so to help out we gathered some info with some Kitchen Backsplash Design Tips , to help guide you through this process.

Maybe you’re in the final stages of a big kitchen remodel. Since the other portions of the kitchen are usually done first, cabinets, counter tops and floors, this is usually the final step in completing your kitchen design.

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And by this point, you have established a certain look and style for your kitchen.

So having reached this phase, planning your kitchen backsplash design should be a relatively easy process, since most of the major design decisions have already been made.




You have your Style

The kitchen backsplash design should be a reflection of the overall style of your kitchen, contemporary, French country, traditional…whatever the style, it should remain within this style.

Take into account the surfaces in the room, such as countertops, appliances, flooring, and continue this theme when making your choices in backsplash materials.

The idea is not to reinvent the style you have already created, but to incorporate those elements already used in your design. It’s the variety of textures, colors and shapes that make a design aesthetically pleasing.


What’s the objective of your backsplash?

Is the kitchen backsplash design going to be the focal point?

  • If your other design choices within the kitchen have remained fairly neutral and plain, this would be a good place to add that WOW factor.
  • If there’s a lot of detail or pattern already in your other surfaces, the backsplash should remain fairly simple and stay within the hues already chosen.
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Look at the space as a whole, they’re should be a harmonious blend of color, textures and patterns to compliment and unify the design within the kitchen.

If you try to make each feature a statement, they’ll be so many elements fighting for your attention, the room will quickly become chaotic, and there will be no design, it will look as if it were thrown together.



This doesn’t mean the backsplash has to be bland and boring. Using various depths of color within the same color palette of your cabinets and countertops, will unify the design and create a feeling of harmony.

If your appliances and cabinet hardware are stainless steel, then continue that theme within the backsplash. Adding pops of steel or an entire backsplash of stainless steel, will unify the design.


Kitchen Backsplash Maintenance

Above all, choose materials that are heat and stain resistant and easy to maintain.

Stainless steel behind a cooktop can take the heat and cleans up easily. Ceramic, glass and porcelain tiles are also popular because of their minimal maintenance.

Wallpaper behind the stove or around the sink area, is usually not a good choice. Regardless of the type of wallpaper that’s used, it simply does not have the characteristics to make it endure the conditions in those areas.


Backsplash Budget

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Usually the backsplash is a small area and fairly inexpensive to upgrade in comparison to flooring, cabinets and countertops. And it might be the perfect place to splurge to give that pop to your overall kitchen design. But your budget will also be the deciding factor on the materials you choose.

If you or someone you know is handy, you may be able to use their skills for installing the backsplash, which can really keep your costs down. If not, check with friends and family for references to do the job. The labor for the installation can be as much as your tile choice, sometimes more.

If your budget is minimal, you can still create an impact, using color, texture and shapes. Some of the best designs are created out of necessity.

It’s not how much you spend, it’s how you spend.



A trip to your local tile or home DIY store, and enlisting the help of knowledgeable salespeople, can help you create that masterpiece.

It will also takes some of the guesswork out of how different textures, colors and shapes go together. Most stores have no problem helping you work out your design, they want your business, so tap in on their knowledge to get the look you want and to stay within your budget. They can also be a good source for installation references as well.


Materials for the kitchen backsplash design:

  • Ceramic tile – has unlimited colors, and patterns to mix and match with any number of finishes.
  • Subway Tile – Classic rectangular tile creates a neutral background for accent pieces.
  • Mosaic tiles – Small, 2-inches square or smaller, often backed with mesh and on 12 inch square sheets, allowing installation to mount larger areas at a time.
  • Metal tilescan be used to mix old and new styles together, and used as inserts with other materials.
  • Glass and Stone Tiles – Alone or combined, their texture and depth can create quite the impact. Using various tile sizes and shapes, you can easily make a statement with these.
  • Stainless Steel – stainless steel sheets or tiles create a clean, modern look. If you’re using stainless steel appliances, use the sheets as a backsplash or the tiles if you just want to accent your kitchen with steel materials.
  • Natural wood – As a backsplash, adds warmth and character to a kitchen. But must be properly sealed to prevent water stains.
  • Bead Board – Adds a vintage, casual look when paired with painted cabinets. Use a gloss or semi-gloss paint to seal the wood from moisture and make cleaning easier.
  • Alternatives –mirrors, compact discs and other materials can add a unique look, but make sure they are properly sealed to be water-resistant and easy to clean.

Mixing several of these materials can give you some great results. It’s often a good idea to get samples, some stores may require you to pay and then refund when they’re returned, but it’s worth it. Take the samples home and experiment.

The look you get in the store will seldom be the same as in your home…the biggest culprit is the lighting. That glisten and shine or boldness of the texture, will take on a different hue purely due to the amount of light…since we don’t have 20 foot ceilings and 1,000 watt bulbs shining down on us.

So where there was a glistening shine, well maybe now it’s a twinkle, when you turn slightly to the left, tilt your head a little to the right, kneel down on one knee and then look up at a 90 degree angle…can you see it !! So pack’ em up and take’em home for a check- up in the real world.


Kitchen Backsplash Design Tips

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Mix different materials, like metal and tile, to create a custom look. Copper insets with ceramic tile create a beautiful contrast.

Use colors and materials that complement the rest of your space.

Using one material throughout the room is a great way to unify the design and enhance a distinct focal point

A neutral canvas, let’s you simply change your accessories, for a totally new look. Blue may be your favorite color, but 6 months or 6 years from now that blue tile, well it may have worn out its welcome. So for your hard surfaces (cabinets, counters, tile and flooring) keep them neutral, and use blue in your accessories.

Take the classic approach to designing your kitchen, both in material and color selection, cabinets and countertops in the same hue ensure a unified look.

White subway tile, it’s a classic choice that’s equally at home in a cottage, traditional, modern or industrial kitchen.

Here’s a slideshow of some tile options you might want to consider.



Hope we were able to help, even in a small way. For a few more ideas check out ourKitchen Backsplash from Drab to Fab.

When you’re done with your project, be sure to share some pics with us.



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