How To Pick the Perfect Kitchen Backsplash

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Kitchen with fancy tile backsplash

Homeowners sometimes overlook the kitchen backsplash when renovating or upgrading their kitchens. Homeowners plan out their countertops, appliances, kitchen cabinets, island, etc., in advance while kitchen backsplashes remain afterthoughts. 

This part of your kitchen does more than protect your kitchen wall tile and counter from food splashes, moisture, and grime. With the right design, a kitchen backsplash will also visually enhance your cooking space.

You can use this guide to help you choose the right style and material for your backsplash. 

What Different Kinds of Kitchen Backsplashes Exist?

While most homeowners think of tiles when hearing “kitchen backsplash,” many different styles exist:

Glass Tile

Glass tile backsplash

Although homeowners don’t usually picture glass tile as their first choice in materials, it actually makes for a great kitchen backsplash. Glass is 100% waterproof, meaning it’s resilient to splashes, moisture, and steam. Additionally, glass tiles don’t crack or shatter easily. 

Many glass tile colors exist beyond the traditional transparent white. Homeowners often use them to create a dazzling effect and add a level of elegance. 

However, a poor adhesive or grouting job is easy to spot because of its see-through nature.

Porcelain or Ceramic Tile 

Herringbone porcelain or ceramic tile backsplash

For a more cost-effective option, porcelain or ceramic tile reduces costs while providing excellent protection. Porcelain is a stronger type of ceramic that weighs more and features higher water resistance than your typical ceramic tile. 

Both porcelain and ceramic tiles come in many colors, shapes, patterns, designs, and finishes. While porcelain offers better water resistance than ceramic, both are still cost-effective solutions. 

Subway Tile

Kitchen with white subway tile backsplash

Subway tile remains one of the most popular kitchen backsplash tiles available. Subway tile patterns are similar to bricks but size but have a glossy sheen because they’re ceramic. This makes them excellent for toning down a busy kitchen.

Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic backsplash in brown tones

Mosaic tile consists of ceramic, porcelain, or clay. Mosaic tiles are small, usually two square inches, but sometimes as small as one square inch. 

The main advantage of mosaic tiles is their creative designs, which afford homeowners more stylistic options. For example, an innovative, explosive design adds a beautiful contrast to simple white cabinetry. 

Stainless Steel

Restaurant kitchens often use stainless steel kitchen backsplashes. However, stainless steel’s appeal has become increasingly common in residential homes. Today, embossed steel patterns can match the elegant look of other traditional kitchen backsplashes. 

Of course, stainless steel is the industry standard in professional kitchens for a good reason. Durable and easy to clean, stainless steel might be the unsung hero of residential kitchens. 

Stone Slab

Marble tile backsplash

Instead of ceramic wall tile or stainless steel, choose a stone slab. Many homeowners opt for stone slabs to complement their marble, quartz, or granite countertops. This allows them to match the designs of their countertops or kitchen walls or add a few subtle changes. 

One way to differentiate your stone kitchen backsplash from your countertop and wall tiles is by adding veining, thus creating a dramatic impact when your wall is primarily white. 

Peel and Stick Tiles

For an adhesive kitchen wall, peel and stick tiles are a cost-effective solution. While most kitchen backsplashes require a professional installation, choose peel and stick tiles for a fun DIY project. Easily replace your peel and stick tiles anytime for a different color or design. 

How To Choose the Right Material

Every kitchen design differs in the walls, flooring, countertops, lighting, appliances, etc. Choosing the right kitchen backsplash also depends on your kitchen’s overall design.

To narrow down your choices, take into account these five considerations: 

1. Countertops

Mosaic backsplash matching with countertop

Your kitchen backsplash and countertops meet in the middle, meaning they should work well together. Their harmony might mean a uniform color or design with potential subtle differences or contrasting designs that still work well together. However, they should never clash. 

Choose a minimalist design for your backsplash if your countertop already features rich veining. Likewise, for minimalist countertops, choose a backsplash with solid veining. 

2. Height

Multi-style kitchen backsplash

Height also plays a significant factor. A standard kitchen backsplash typically sits around four inches high, though this may not be high enough for many homeowners. A low backsplash means your kitchen walls remain prone to splash damage. 

Raising your backsplash to the height of your kitchen cabinets is the optimal choice. Additionally, some owners get bold and raise their backsplash to the ceiling for a more seamless look. 

For pure functionality, equip your kitchen with a high backsplash if you do a lot of cooking. On the other hand, choose the standard four-inch height if you don’t plan on making too many messes in the kitchen. 

3. Consider Your Cooking Needs

Stone tile backsplash

Try to choose the right kitchen backsplash for your cooking needs. For example, someone who makes a mess when cooking or uses hot pans with oil should choose a durable material like stainless steel, ceramic, or stone. Glass tile is better if your cooking involves a lot of water and steam. 

4. Consider Focal Points

Unique backsplash serving as a focal point

Every room should have an essential focal point to catch a person’s eye when walking in, and a kitchen backsplash is an excellent option. A powerful, brightly colored mosaic tile backsplash works wonders to capture attention. 

However, if your kitchen already has a focal point, decorating your kitchen backsplash in bright colors and exquisite designs makes your kitchen look too busy. 

5. Budget

While subway tile backsplash in herringbone pattern

Of course, budget is always a significant factor in any investment. For example, typical kitchen backsplash tiles run the average customer between 8 and 20 dollars per square foot. Investing in materials like stainless steel and glass raises the price. 

Not everyone has the money to purchase scratch-resistant glass tiles. For tight budgets, stick and peel backsplashes will protect your walls without breaking your wallet.

You may also want to spend your money bringing your other kitchen remodeling ideas to life.

Contact Morales Brothers Construction Services Today

A kitchen backsplash protects your wall tiles and other surfaces from food splashes, water, oil, dirt, grime, etc. However, with so many choices, finding the right one for your kitchen and budget provides a challenge. 

Morales Brothers Construction Services brings over 20 years of experience transforming homes. Give our team a call if you know what type of kitchen backsplash you want or don’t know where to start. 

Fill out our contact form today, and let’s talk about your new kitchen backsplash!