How To Choose A BackSplash That Wows


Adding a backsplash to your kitchen is a lot like adding jewelry to your body as an accessory, no matter how flashy or simple it is, it can bring the whole look together and give your kitchen style and class. Essentially the right backsplash can help your kitchen reach its full potential. If you are looking for an in-depth guide on how to pick a kitchen backsplash, look no further than the article below! 


Find Some Inspiration 

Whether you are adding a color that you already have in the kitchen – a favourite piece of art, a rug, your flooring, or even shades for your lights OR you want to start completely fresh OR you are starting with your backsplash to figure out what the rest of the space should look like; it’s a good idea to look for inspiration. One of the ways you can go about this is by looking in magazines. Another option is to look at sites like Houzz. Houzz actually has a series they call The Kitchen of The Week where they pick the BEST kitchen for the entire week.  This is a good place to get ideas. 


Choosing The Materials 

If you’ve decided on a specific tile size, great! But that’s just the beginning. Now you have to choose the material. Each material out there is going to have its own textures, its own colors, its own styles AND its own benefits and disadvantages. You have a lot of options to choose from such as cement, wood, glass, subway, porcelain, etc. 

Choosing The Colors 

Everyone already knows that the colors are really what matters in a kitchen. Not only do you not want it to clash with your other materials for your cabinets and your counters, but you also don’t want it to clash with things like your appliances. While it’s a cool idea to add a red stove or a purple fridge to a kitchen, it’s a better idea to keep your backsplash pretty neutral. For example, if you decide to use glass tile, don’t get some bright yellow glass that you will get sick of in a month and that will become an eyesore. Instead, choose something that will complement your kitchen and the rest of the colors. Two creative ideas: 

– Idea One: You have a light cedar wood floor, you have a stainless steel fridge and stove top with black accents. You also have darker wood cabinets made from walnut and your kitchen color is creamy chalk (sort of a whitish tan with a tad of peach mixed in). The counters are also a marble material that has a creamy background and brown veins going throughout it. The last thing you want to do is have this big bright gaudy tile backsplash to take away from everything else. Instead, you want to accentuate the items you already have. In order to do this, a good backsplash color would be a mixture of creamy chalk, chocolate-brown, red-brown and variations of gold; gold, mustard, deep yellow. ALL these colors go really well with the other items in the kitchen. And instead of doing an entire wall of this which would probably hurt your eyes you would do smaller tiles in 2×2 or even 2×3 and only build it 5 rows up. This creates a really balanced, calm and interesting look. 

– Idea Two: This one is quite modern, but bear with me, it’s much different than the first idea. This kitchen has large slabs of porcelain tiles throughout the kitchen. The kitchen also has chocolate-brown cabinets and drawers and the stove hood, counters, faucet, and sink, as well as the stove are ALL stainless steel. They also have cabinets above the range that are stark white wood with see through frosted glass and lights placed inside the cabinets. This kitchen is very modern, very clean, very simple. When you think of a backsplash here, you don’t think of the same one in idea one. Instead, you think of something that is also modern, clean and simple. The owners chose a white glass backsplash with tiles that are all the way up to the cabinets using 3×6 tiles. And.. it looks amazing! 

Design Considerations 

If you think that you have to go with the default and only place a backsplash behind the stove and sink, think again. Not only can you make an entire wall of your tile, but you can also try a few other options. One unique option is to place the tile all the way up to the ceiling crease. This creates a sort of accent wall and has a really cool look. If you are on a budget, you can also think about cutting your backsplash down from the usual default of 12-18 inches to 4-6 inches instead.

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14 thoughts on “How To Choose A BackSplash That Wows

  1. And always have a couple of tiles (if you choose to use tiles) extra left over – accidents do happen and cracks will harbour bacteria and look unsightly.

  2. i love the tips for backsplashes. we are remodeling slowly as money allows and i can use some of these tips to help me choose when we get to that part.

  3. I would love to change the backsplash in my kitchen and I have seen some pretty cool designs in magazines. Right now my backsplash is boring. These are great tips. Make sure to have your backsplash colors go with the rest of the kitchen items.

  4. We just had our kitchen repainted and changed/upgraded some things.
    We too are on a budget and did things slowly. First we took down the wallpaper, which was a job in itself! Then we picked a different color scheme completely. We couldn’t afford new cabinets, but we did “upgraded them in a sense. We took a similar wood stain & restained them. Then after that instead of putting back those awful handles, we changed them with different style nickel ones. Plus we changed all the wall outlets with matching nickel covers. The whole kitchen looked different clean, brighter & prettier! So you’re right about the backsplashes – it could make a whole new difference for the better!!

  5. I went with a faux punched tin that’s actually a paintable washable wallpaper. I painted it a texted bronze and a clear coat.

  6. We finally re-furbed our old kitchen after many years, and the backsplash was particularly challenging. Houzz was a great resource for finding and saving styles /colors /materials that you like (a bit like Pinterest for home remodeling). It was invaluable for us!

  7. Good idea about keeping it neutral, I love color and paint my walls in deep rich colors. But, a backsplash is much more permenant than wall color. I’ve been thinking about just extending the marble or granit used for the counter tops up the wall between counter and cabinet, a clean look and easy to clean.

  8. I love all of your helpful hints! You presented a lot of really great ideas. I first learned what a backsplash was by watching the decorating show, “Merge”. (If you’re interested, actress Lisa Rinna is the host and the reruns are on the LMN cable channel.) After that, I paid a lot more attention to ours (we’ve moved around a lot) and taken extra care of it.

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