Kitchen Counter Backsplashes

Gather ideas for kitchen counter backsplashes, and get ready to install an attractive and durable backsplash in your home.
Blue Tile Backsplash

Blue Tile Backsplash

By: Sean McEvoy

While many homeowners opt for a backsplash that covers the area between their kitchen's countertops and cabinets, a kitchen counter backsplash is a great option for anyone looking for an attractive and efficient all-in-one 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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Available in a wide range of styles, materials and colors, kitchen counter backsplashes do double duty, adding visual allure as well as protecting your kitchen's walls from cooking and cleaning spatter.

If you're contemplating a kitchen counter backsplash for your home, your first task will be to determine which materials you want to use. Most common kitchen countertop materials can feature a connected backsplash, either as a feature of the initial design, or as an addition after the fact. The chief difference between a traditional "wall-attached" backsplash and a kitchen counter backsplash is that the kitchen counter backsplash is actually attached to the countertop, either via adherence of some sort or as part of a cut or molded initial design. For this reason, some of the simplest and most cost-effective kitchen counter backsplash combinations are made from synthetic materials like laminate and Formica, which can easily be shaped to create countertops featuring an attached backsplash.

For higher-end materials like granite and other types of stone, the backsplash may need to be cut and measured separately from the countertops and then attached after the countertops have been installed. It's possible to cut stone countertops with backsplashes attached, but the process is more labor intensive—and therefore more expensive.

When you've decided on the materials you'll feature in your kitchen countertop backsplash, it's time to figure out precisely how much you'll need. You can calculate this figure for the backsplash and the countertops in the same way—simply calculate the square footage of the surface area you need to cover, and you'll know how much material to source. Remember that for a connected countertop/backsplash combination, the two measurements will be separate and you'll need to account and source materials for at least two pieces of the puzzle—the countertops and the backsplash.

Once you've got the measurement in hand, it's time to source the materials for your kitchen countertop backsplash. You'll have plenty of options, as most home improvement stores stock a wide variety of countertop and backsplash materials. You can also peruse a near-infinite selection online, or, if you're looking for a more custom approach, search for a tile or countertop specialty store nearby.

With the countertop backsplash materials in hand, it's time to begin your backsplash project. You've got two options when it comes to installing your countertop/backsplash combo—you can install it yourself, or you can hire a professional to install it for you. In general, countertops are a fairly advanced installation, particularly if they involve cutting and sizing of materials (especially stone). If you haven't installed countertops before, it's probably best to consider hiring a professional—you'll pay more, but you'll save time and be able to rest assured that the job has been done exactly to your specifications.

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