Slate Backsplashes

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

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Slate backsplashes offer an elegant, attractive and durable choice for homeowners looking to install a new kitchen or refurbish an existing one.

Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplash Options and Ideas

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Stainless Steel Backsplash & Red Kitchen Cabinets

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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

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Smoky Gray Subway Tile in White Kitchen

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

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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

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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

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Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

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

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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

Contemporary White Kitchen With Industrial Barstools

White Transitional Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

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 Kitchen With Light Gray 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

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Kitchen With Mirrored Backsplash and Marble Countertop

White Cottage Kitchen With Wet Bar and Built-In Desk

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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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Slate is a natural stone material made from clay or volcanic ash that's compacted to form a solid, sturdy and often aesthetically beautiful surface.

One of the chief benefits of featuring slate in your kitchen design is that it can be paired with many different styles. Whether your kitchen is rustic, contemporary or even hyper-modern, there's likely to be a style of slate that will fit seamlessly into the design, either by offering a soothing, simple finish or by providing color, visual interest and diversity to the space.

Your first task after deciding on a slate backsplash will be to determine how much material you'll need to cover the wall areas in your kitchen. While some homeowners choose to install a backsplash that covers only a portion of the walls between the countertops and cabinets in their kitchen, others opt for a grander approach that covers the entire wall surface. Whichever scope of backsplash you choose, you'll need to determine the amount of slate you'll need for your backsplash by measuring the surface area of the wall, then calculating the square footage.

Once you've measured the surface area to be covered, it's time to find the type of slate that's right for your kitchen design. Color-wise, slate can run the gamut from a full range of grays and blacks all the way to browns, blues and, since it can also be dyed to your specifications, just about any other color you can imagine.

Slate textures vary, from glass-smooth surfaces to ones that feature extensive natural imperfections like bumps, grooves and striations. In general, you'll likely want your backsplash to be easily wiped clean, so it's probably best to steer clear of styles that would hinder this ease of maintenance. Various sizes, shapes and patterns of slate tile are available as well, so you'll likely have no trouble finding the perfect slate tile for your kitchen design.

When you've got the style of slate picked out, it's time to source the materials you'll need for your backsplash. Most home improvement or tile specialty stores will offer many slate tile options, and you'll also be able to browse an endless variety of slate styles online. You can also investigate tile specialty stores in your area for an even deeper catalogue, as well as high-level expertise and customizability.

Once you've sourced the slate and materials for your backsplash, it's time to actually get it onto the walls of your kitchen. If you're a home improvement pro, installing a slate backsplash may not seem too daunting—especially if the slate has been delivered pre-cut to your sizing specs. On the other hand, you may want to hire a professional for your slate backsplash installation if you've never installed a backsplash before, if you need to manipulate, cut or size the slate, or if you're not entirely comfortable wielding a tape measure or swinging a hammer in the first place. You'll pay more for the service, but you'll save yourself time and the potential headache of a botched installation.

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