Metal Tile Backsplashes

Get info and ideas for metal tile backsplashes, and prepare to install a durable and visually striking backsplash in your home.

Stainless steel backsplash with floating shelf

Modern Kitchen Shelves with Metal Backsplash


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By: Sean McEvoy

When it's time to think about a new backsplash for your kitchen, you should consider all available material options, but metal tile kitchen backsplashes may offer the best combination of durability, longevity and attractiveness.

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


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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


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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



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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



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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



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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


Available in a wide range of materials, styles, colors and budget ranges, metal tile backsplashes can add tremendous visual interest to any kitchen design while also offering a highly durable and low-maintenance backsplash surface.

At the outset of your metal tile backsplash project, you'll want to determine the scope of the project. To estimate the amount of metal tile material you'll need, measure the square footage of the area in your kitchen you want to cover with the backsplash. Figuring out how much tile you'll need will give you a good indication of the overall budget, so it's an essential first step. Before calculating the square footage, you'll need to decide if you want a backsplash that covers the entirety of the wall space between your counters and cabinets or counters and ceiling, or just a portion thereof. The style that's right for you may be a more understated backsplash that only covers enough of the walls to prevent cooking and cleaning spatter, or it may be a grand affair that dramatically stretches from countertops to ceiling. Once you've decided on the amount of coverage, mark the area off and measure the square footage.

Now that the amount of material you'll need has been determined, it's time to consider the type. There are several popular types of metal backsplash tile, and one of the most commonly used these days is stainless steel. A common feature of modern appliances, stainless steel offers a bright and easy-to-maintain surface as well as great durability—and it's even available in a wide range of colors and textures, including shiny or matte finishes.

Tin is another common metal backsplash tile choice. Punched or hammered—or boasting ornate designs—it can add tremendous appeal and visual interest to a kitchen design. Similarly, copper and brass can liven up any kitchen with their unique hues and the added benefit of an "evolving" design; as these metals age, their surfaces will often take on distinct patterns, striations and natural designs that add great style.

When you've decided on the tile material you're going to use for your backsplash, as well as the style, it's time to source the material from your local home improvement or tile specialty store (or their respective online components), and then think about installation. You can choose to install the backsplash yourself if you're particularly handy, but note that metal backsplashes will require more expertise than other, more easily cut and configured materials. Alternatively, you can hire a professional contractor to install the backsplash for you.

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