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

A blue square tile backsplash provides a sharp contrast to the wood cabinets in this kitchen, which features under-counter lighting and a pair of stools pushed up against several drawers.

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

See All Photos

Shop This Look

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.

Dreamy Kitchen Backsplashes

See All Videos

Keep Reading

Next Up

Unique Kitchen Countertops

Make a statement in the kitchen with an unexpected kitchen countertop.

Best Kitchen Countertops

Whether you're looking for a middle-of-the-road update or a full-on upgrade, HGTV reveals the best kitchen countertop options.

Choosing Kitchen Countertops

Granite or laminate? Get tips on how to find the right surface for your remodel.

Popular Kitchen Countertops

Whether the style of your kitchen is contemporary or traditional, innovations in kitchen countertop surfaces guarantee no two surfaces will be the same.

Kitchen Countertop Options

From stainless steel and copper to recycled glass, reclaimed wood, bamboo or concrete, your kitchen countertop options have never been so varied and diverse.

Backsplash Ideas for Granite Countertops

Gather backsplash ideas for granite countertops, and prepare to install a stylish and efficient backsplash in your kitchen.

Do-It-Yourself Butcher-Block Kitchen Countertop

Swap dated laminate for a classic butcher-block countertop. Unlike stone or solid surface, butcher block can be fabricated in a basement or garage workshop, making it the perfect DIY project to totally transform your kitchen on a budget.

Kitchen Island Countertop Considerations

Perhaps the most important aspect of choosing a kitchen island is the countertop. Decide what material and shape will work best for your area.

Tile Backsplash Ideas

Browse tile backsplash ideas, and get ready to install an attractive and protective backsplash in your home.

How to Install a Level Countertop

Here's how to remove a slanted countertop, cut a replacement and install it so the counter is nice and level.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.