Do-It-Yourself Backsplash Ideas

Get inspiration from these do-it-yourself backsplash ideas, and get ready to create an attractive and useful backsplash in your kitchen.


Photo By: Lindsay Raymondjack

Lindsay Raymondjack

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're excitedly planning a new backsplash for your home, but not excited about the costs involved in a professional installation, you may want to consider some do-it-yourself (DIY) backsplash ideas.

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

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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


Many homeowners opt to install backsplashes themselves, choosing from any number of efficient and economical materials and designs.

Your first step to creating a do-it-yourself backsplash design is to determine what type of material you want to use for your backsplash, as well as how much of it you'll need. For some homeowners, backsplashes are simple affairs—utilitarian tile or stone meant to blend in and keep cooking spatter off the walls. Other homeowners use the backsplash as an opportunity to express their design personality and add color, texture and visual interest to their kitchen. Whether your approach is utilitarian, splashy, or someplace in between, your first task will be to determine the surface area you want to cover with your backsplash design. To calculate this figure, simply measure the square footage of the area to determine the amount of backsplash material you'll need.

Next, it's time to think about the type and style of material you'll use for your do-it-yourself backsplash. Traditional materials like ceramic tile, glass and stone are certainly options, but depending on their quality, they may be expensive or complicated to install.

For an extremely simple and low-cost backsplash, vinyl wallpaper can be a great option. Durable and fairly easy to install (especially if the surface you'll be covering is square or rectangular), this option also comes in a variety of styles and colors. You could also consider traditional wallpaper and then add a clear waterproof sealant on top of it.

Another material option is a sheet of colored glass, or clear glass placed over wallpaper. This approach offers a bright, stylish and easy-to-install backsplash at extremely low cost. Found items like bottle caps, smooth stones or reclaimed plastic can also be used in DIY backsplashes. Whichever material you choose, it's best to investigate the amount of home improvement expertise that'll be required to install your do-it-yourself backsplash, and ensure that it doesn't exceed your own skills in that department. For example, cutting and sizing granite or metal materials is probably best left to professionals, unless you've done it before.

After choosing the material for your DIY backsplash, it's time to think about style. If you've chosen traditional ceramic tile or another common material like glass or high-end stone, you'll have just about infinite choices in terms of colors and patterns, and your own design aesthetic will be your only constraint. If you're working with more unique or found materials, the style will likely be defined by the amount and type of material you're working with, as well as whether it can be arranged in a uniform or random pattern.

Once you've got the layout planned and materials on hand for your do-it-yourself backsplash, it's time to install. Depending on the materials you've chosen and the scope of the project, this could be an extremely simple process—or one that will require considerable home improvement expertise. In general, doing as much research as possible regarding similar installations is a good place to start. With that homework done, you should be able to move forward confidently, and you'll be enjoying an attractive and efficient do-it-yourself backsplash in no time.

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