Facade Backsplashes

Get all the info you'll need on facade backsplashes, and prepare to install an attractive and economical backsplash in your kitchen.


Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

By: Sean McEvoy

If it's time for a new backsplash in your kitchen—but you're not looking to break the bank on high-end materials and costly installation—you may want to consider your options for façade backsplashes.

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


Economical façade backsplashes mimic the appearance of common backsplash materials like stone, ceramic tile, and a host of metals from stainless steel to copper.

Generally made of heavy-duty plastic, façade backsplashes may not prove as durable as the traditional high-end materials they mimic, but for the most part they are just as low-maintenance. In most cases, façade backsplashes will wipe clean with a damp cloth and warm water or cleaning spray. Additionally, façade backsplashes are now available in such a wide range of styles that you should have no trouble finding the style that approximates the look of the high-end material you want your backsplash to mimic among these inexpensive alternatives.

Your first step when considering a façade backsplash is to determine exactly how much of your kitchen design you want to cover. Many homeowners have a vision in mind that covers anywhere from 25% to 100% of the walls between the kitchen's countertops and cabinets (or even covering the entire area between the countertops and ceiling, for a more dramatic execution). The space you have to work with, as well as how much cooking you do—not to mention how much cooking spatter is generated when you cook—will go a long way toward determining how much façade backsplash material you'll need. Once you've decided on the surface area to be covered, just measure the square footage to determine the figure that'll guide how much material you'll source.

When you've settled on the scope of the project, it's time to start thinking about the style of façade you want to feature in your kitchen design. The overall design will likely go a long way to determining which façade style you'll choose, but you're in luck—façade backsplashes come in just about every imaginable backsplash style, from ceramic subway tile to tin, copper and stainless steel. In addition to their low cost, another benefit of façade backsplashes is that they're much easier to install and configure than traditional backsplash materials. Most façade backsplashes can be cut with scissors or a utility knife, and they're easily installed using durable two-sided tape or a construction adhesive.

Despite their general ease of installation, you may still choose to have your façade backsplash installed by a professional if the DIY route isn't an option. If you're in the market for professional installation, most home improvement contractors will offer this service, and many big box home improvement retailers and tile specialty stores will also offer installation services.

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