Metal Backsplash Ideas

Gather metal backsplash ideas and get ready to install a contemporary and attractive backsplash in your home.


By: Sean McEvoy

Backsplash materials run the gamut from tile to stone to wood, but metal kitchen backsplash ideas abound as well, and they can add a substantial, modern feel to any kitchen design.

Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplash Options and Ideas

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Stainless Steel Backsplash & Red Kitchen Cabinets


Kim Alexandriuk

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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

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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



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Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash


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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


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Room to Work

Gray and White Chef's Kitchen With Dot Backsplash

Orange Country-Style Kitchen With Open Shelving

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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


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Cream & Brown Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash



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Kitchen With Teal Mosaic Tile Wall

Spacious Gray-Blue Transitional Kitchen


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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



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Green Kitchen With White Farmhouse Sink


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Black Kitchen Cabinets With Copper Range Hood


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Retro Cabinetry



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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


There are several types of metal that lend themselves particularly well to backsplash designs, and each comes with a range of pros and cons.

A good place to start when planning to add a metal backsplash to your kitchen design is with the overall scope of the project. You'll need to define the square footage the backsplash will cover in order to estimate the amount of metal and other materials you'll need for your backsplash. Obviously, this scoping exercise will go a long way to defining the required budget for your project, so you'll want to make sure it's the first step you take. To calculate the amount of material you'll need, first decide if you want your backsplash to cover the entirety of the wall space above your countertops or just a portion thereof. Once you've decided on the amount of coverage, mark the area off and measure the square footage.

When the scope of the metal backsplash project has been defined, you'll want to begin thinking about which metal you want to feature in your backsplash design. One of the more common metal backsplash choices is stainless steel. Popular in recent times as an appliance feature, stainless steel has begun to appear more and more in backsplashes as its bright, reflective, easy-to-clean surface makes it an attractive and efficient choice.

Punched or hammered tin is another metal that's becoming more common in backsplashes—it can add a great deal of texture and weight to any kitchen design, and it's also durable and easily maintained. Copper and brass are two more metals that many homeowners feature in backsplashes. Each of these metals offers the added benefit of "evolving" over time—exposure to air and moisture can cause slight or even drastic color variations over time, often deepening their hue or resulting in attractive striations and patterns.

One you've decided on the right metal for your kitchen backsplash design, it's time to begin construction. You'll have two options here—hire a contractor to install the metal backsplash for you, or go the DIY route and install it yourself (or, if you're lucky, with some assistance from friends and family). Depending on the complexity and size of the project, you may be able to save a considerable amount of money by installing the backsplash yourself. On the other hand, hiring a contractor will save you time, and you won't have to break a sweat; this is an especially attractive option if you've never installed tile before or aren't particularly handy.

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