Backsplashes for Small Kitchens

Get ideas for backsplashes in small kitchens, and prepare to install an efficient and attractive backsplash in your home.


Photo By: Nathaniel A. Padilla Bowen

Nathaniel A. Padilla Bowen

By: Sean McEvoy

If your kitchen is an intimate affair and you're in the market for a new or updated backsplash, your first step will be to explore ideas for backsplashes in small kitchens.

Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplash Options and Ideas

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Stainless Steel Backsplash & Red Kitchen Cabinets


Kim Alexandriuk

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

Modern Kitchen With Purple Wall, LED Lighting and Quartz Counter

Farmhouse Sink Area in Cottage Kitchen


Rustic Transitional Kitchen

Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash and Wine Racks

Old World Kitchen With Nailhead Accents

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


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Smoky Gray Subway Tile in White Kitchen


Elizabeth Tranberg

Contemporary Kitchen with Metallic Tile Backsplash

Green Glass Tile Backsplash in Modern Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Multicolor Tile Backsplash


Nomita Joshi Gupta



John Colaneri

Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash


John Colaneri

Sleek Contemporary Kitchen With Photo Backsplash

Traditional Kitchen With Dark Wood Island

Black and White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Stove


Eclectic Kitchen With Stone Countertops and Exotic Pendant Lights


John Colaneri

Contemporary Black Metallic Kitchen With Red and White Bar Chairs

Eclectic Stone Bar With Blue Ceramic Backsplash

Red and Yellow Kitchen Backsplash


Traditional Kitchen With Stainless Steel Range and Yellow Tile Backsplash

Transitional Kitchen With Rustic Table

Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Backsplash & Espresso Cabinets

Neutral Kitchen With Gray Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Sparkling Espresso Bar


Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Room to Work

Gray and White Chef's Kitchen With Dot Backsplash

Orange Country-Style Kitchen With Open Shelving

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

Modern Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and Mosaic Backsplash


Dorothy Willetts

Detail of Kitchen Range and Microwave UO 2011

Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash


Barney Maier

Cream & Brown Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash



John Colaneri

Kitchen With Teal Mosaic Tile Wall

Spacious Gray-Blue Transitional Kitchen


Photo By: Andrew Bruah

Contemporary Kitchen With Island Seating




Bright and Fun Green Tiled Backsplash


Gray Mediterranean Kitchen With Open Shelving

Transitional Kitchen With Dark Wood Cabinets and Granite Backsplash

Contemporary White Kitchen With Industrial Barstools

White Transitional Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Modern Apron Sink in White Mid-Century Kitchen


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


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



John Colaneri

Green Kitchen With White Farmhouse Sink


John Colaneri

Black Kitchen Cabinets With Copper Range Hood


John Colaneri

Retro Cabinetry



John Colaneri

Traditional White Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling

Reflective Kitchen Backsplash



John Colaneri



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

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Deep White Sink

Stainless Steel Built-In Kitchen Range and Hood

White Kitchen With Blue-Gray Glass Subway Tile


Tara Benet

Kitchen With Mirrored Backsplash and Marble Countertop

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

White Cottage Kitchen With Wet Bar and Built-In Desk


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


A small kitchen can provide a number of unique design challenges in terms of decorating and optimizing spaces, but there are also several benefits of a smaller space, including efficiency of design and the lower cost involved in refurbishing less square footage.

If you've decided a new or updated backsplash is just what your small kitchen needs, your first step will be to identify the materials you'll use for your backsplash. You'll have myriad choices, from traditional backsplash materials like ceramic tile and glass to more high-end materials like stainless steel and granite. Your material choice will likely have everything to do with two factors: the style you're shooting for via your kitchen design, and your budget. For anyone attempting to install even a small kitchen backsplash while maintaining a budget, high-end materials may be cost-prohibitive. On the other hand, if the design style you're trying to implement absolutely needs a granite backsplash despite a limited budget, there are plenty of synthetic materials you can consider that will approximate the look of just about any natural stone or other material.

Once you've decided on the material you'll use for your small kitchen backsplash, it's time to determine how much of it you'll need. To do so, simply measure the surface area you're looking to cover. This can be anything from the entire wall space between the countertops and cabinets, a smaller portion thereof, or, for a truly grand design, the entire wall space between your countertops and ceiling.

When you've got the scope figured out, it's time to source materials for your small kitchen backsplash. Your local home improvement or tile specialty store is your friend here, and you can also browse countless backsplash material options online. You'll need to decide on the right style for the material as well—most backsplash materials are available in a wide range of colors, textures and patterns. For a small kitchen design, consider a backsplash that adds personality, color and visual interest without overwhelming the small space or making it feel exceedingly cramped.

When you've determined the style you want and purchased the material, it's time to install your new kitchen backsplash. One of the benefits of a small kitchen is that the surface area you'll need to cover with your backsplash is likely not that large—so a self-install may be possible, particularly if you're handy and/or working with self-adhesive backsplash materials that don't require extensive cutting and configuring. If you're not thrilled by the idea of installing your own backsplash or if you lack home improvement chops, a professional installation may be in order. It'll be more expensive than a self-install by a large margin, but you'll be freeing up your time and giving yourself the knowledge that an expert is in charge of the installation.

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