Backsplashes for Kitchens

Get all the info you need on backsplashes for kitchens, and get ready to install an attractive and useful backsplash in your kitchen.
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Photo by: Chris Amaral

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By: Sean McEvoy

Whether you're installing a new kitchen backsplash or updating an old one, you'll want to explore the options for backsplashes for kitchens with an eye on durability, attractiveness and compatibility with your kitchen design.

Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplash Options and Ideas

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Stainless Steel Backsplash & Red Kitchen Cabinets

From: Kim Alexandriuk

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Modern Kitchen With Purple Wall, LED Lighting and Quartz Counter

Farmhouse Sink Area in Cottage Kitchen

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Rustic Transitional Kitchen

Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash and Wine Racks

Old World Kitchen With Nailhead Accents

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Contemporary Neutrals

Photo By: Picasa

Smoky Gray Subway Tile in White Kitchen

From: Elizabeth Tranberg

Contemporary Kitchen with Metallic Tile Backsplash

From: Dave Stimmel

Green Glass Tile Backsplash in Modern Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Multicolor Tile Backsplash

From: Nomita Joshi Gupta

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Sleek Contemporary Kitchen With Photo Backsplash

Traditional Kitchen With Dark Wood Island

Black and White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Stove

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Eclectic Kitchen With Stone Countertops and Exotic Pendant Lights

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Contemporary Black Metallic Kitchen With Red and White Bar Chairs

Eclectic Stone Bar With Blue Ceramic Backsplash

From: Dave Stimmel

Red and Yellow Kitchen Backsplash

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Traditional Kitchen With Stainless Steel Range and Yellow Tile Backsplash

From: Dave Stimmel

Transitional Kitchen With Rustic Table

Brown Mid-Century Modern Kitchen With Metallic Mosaic Tile

Neutral Kitchen With Gray Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Sparkling Espresso Bar

White Transitional Chef Kitchen With Stainless Range

Room to Work

Gray and White Chef's Kitchen With Dot Backsplash

Orange Country-Style Kitchen With Open Shelving

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Modern Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and Mosaic Backsplash

From: Dorothy Willetts

Detail of Kitchen Range and Microwave UO 2011

Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

From: Barney Maier

Cream & Brown Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Kitchen With Teal Mosaic Tile Wall

Spacious Gray-Blue Transitional Kitchen

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Photo By: Andrew Bruah

Contemporary Kitchen With Island Seating

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Bright and Fun Green Tiled Backsplash

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Gray Mediterranean Kitchen With Open Shelving

Transitional Kitchen With Dark Wood Cabinets and Granite Backsplash

From: Drury Design

Contemporary White Kitchen With Industrial Barstools

White Transitional Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

From: Drury Design

Modern Apron Sink in White Mid-Century Kitchen

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White Transitional Kitchen With Marble Counters and Undermount Sink

White Contemporary Kitchen

Dark Bamboo Cabinets in Contemporary Brown Kitchen

Modern Kitchen With Frosted Glass Cabinets

Mediterranean-Inspired Kitchen With Striped Tile Backsplash

Subway Tile Backsplash With Cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets With Green Marble Countertops

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Floral Window Shade in Pale Yellow Kitchen

White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents

Tiny Traditional Kitchen With Gray Stone Tile Backsplash

Contemporary Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Green Kitchen With White Farmhouse Sink

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Black Kitchen Cabinets With Copper Range Hood

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Retro Cabinetry

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Traditional White Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling

Reflective Kitchen Backsplash

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Contemporary Gray Kitchen WIth Glossy Cabinets and Striped Tile

Contemporary Grey Kitchen With Corner Cabinet Lazy Susan

Countertop-to-Ceiling Kitchen Backsplash With Stainless-Steel Open Shelving

Modern Kitchen With Chocolate Brown Cabinets

Mediterranean Kitchen With Blue Backsplash

Colorful Tile Backsplash Gives a Vintage Look

Eclectic Eat-in Kitchen

Kitchen With Repurposed Buffet Table

Small Butler Pantry in Transitional Kitchen

Range Hood and Horizontal Wall Cabinets

White Farmhouse Sink in Country Kitchen

Open Shelving in White Cottage Kitchen

Marble Backsplash Adds Texture in White Transitional Kitchen

Deep White Sink

Stainless Steel Built-In Kitchen Range and Hood

White Kitchen With Blue-Gray Glass Subway Tile

Kitchen With Mirrored Backsplash and Marble Countertop

Photo By: Chris Amaral © 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

White Cottage Kitchen With Wet Bar and Built-In Desk

From: Drury Design

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Pro-Quality Stainless Steel Range

Farmhouse Sink in Transitional Green and White Kitchen

White Cottage Style Kitchen With Open Shelving and a Farmhouse Sink

Charming Cottage Kitchen In Classic White

Small Space White Kitchen With Pendant Lights

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Your first decision when thinking about a kitchen backsplash will be related to scope: How much surface area do you need to cover with a backsplash? For smaller kitchens, a minimalist backsplash just a few tiles high can be enough, whereas a more extensive design might overwhelm the space. In larger kitchens that feature a grander design, countertop-to-ceiling backsplashes can add drama and elegance, as well as optimize the use of available space or build on a design theme.

When you've decided on the scope of your backsplash, it's time to consider the style. The choices of materials, colors, textures and layouts offer a great variety in terms of style, quality and price. Ceramic tile is the most common choice, because it's widely available in an almost infinite variety of styles and colors—plus, it's extremely easy to maintain via simply "wiping clean." Among ceramic tile choices, subway tile, mosaic tile and penny tile are some popular design choices.

If your budget breaks through the ceramic tile ceiling, you may want to consider granite tile or other natural materials. Popular for kitchen countertops and floors, granite, travertine or even marble tile are often employed in backsplash design, providing an elegant and durable option and a high-end look. All of the kinds of natural stone tiles are available in a range of colors and textures, from slate-like matte finishes to rougher, pebbled designs. Color choices are nearly inexhaustible as well, and many granite retailers can find or even dye their products based on your needs if you don't see the shade you're looking for on site.

Glass tile is another great option for kitchen backsplashes. It often adds a bright, elegant and colorful style to a kitchen, and there are many different designs to browse, from transparent to colored or intricately patterned.

Copper backsplashes are another option, offering a durable and visually interesting choice. As an added benefit, copper backsplashes will evolve over time—as the copper is exposed to air and moisture, its color will deepen and change, many times lending a beautiful, naturally worn look to the backsplash.

When you've chosen the materials for your kitchen backsplash, you'll want to consider the style that's best for your kitchen. You can almost always use the backsplash as an opportunity to add color and visual diversity to your kitchen—although particularly expressive designs tend to be best in a kitchen that otherwise features an understated, minimalist look. Conversely, if your kitchen design features intricate cabinets or elaborate countertops, you may want a more relaxed feel for your backsplash, so as not to create visual overload.

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