Stove Backsplash Ideas

Explore helpful stove backsplash ideas, and get ready to install an attractive and useful backsplash in your kitchen.

Chaiko Kitchen

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Chaiko Kitchen

Photo by: Paul S. Bartholomew

Paul S. Bartholomew

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're installing a new backsplash in your home or updating an old one, your focus is likely going to be on the area where the cooking takes place. As such, consider some stove backsplash ideas before making any style decisions.

The options for kitchen backsplashes are just about infinite in terms of style, materials and budget, so even before you begin exploring ideas for your stove backsplash, you'll want to make some key decisions.

Choosing Your Backsplash Material

First, consider what material you'll use for your stove backsplash. There are many choices in terms of backsplash materials, but a few common ones can be found in the majority of homes because of their durability, ease of maintenance and attractiveness.

Tile options:

1. Ceramic Tile

Shelf With Bowls

Kitchen Shelf With Bowls

In this kitchen, white subway tiles and simple wood shelves set a neutral stage for stacks of bowls, dish towels and colorful flowers, as seen on HGTV's Restored by the Fords.

and Restored by the Fords

Ceramic tile is one of the most common backsplash materials. It's widely available in a vast array of colors, styles and textures, and it's one of the most inexpensive backsplash materials, as well.

2. Glass Tile

White Kitchen With Blue Backsplash

White Kitchen With Blue Backsplash

The backsplash in this kitchen is reverse painted glass tile and was the main inspiration for the kitchen's makeover.

Photo by: John Magor Photography

John Magor Photography

Glass tile is also quite popular, offering a generally inexpensive but lively, bright and often colorful design option.

3. Stone

Contemporary Kitchen With Marble Kitchen Island

Marble Kitchen Island in Contemporary Kitchen

The key feature of this Santa Monica kitchen is a stunning marble monolithic island that acts as a modern sculptural piece. Marble continues in the countertops and backsplash over contemporary cabinets, while open shelves provide easy access to dishes.

Photo by: Amy Bartlam

Amy Bartlam

Granite, stone and other natural or composite materials are also commonly used in backsplashes, whether in tile form or as larger pieces. These higher-end materials will mean an increase in budget, but also a stunning and long-lasting stove backsplash.

4. Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is another popular option for stove backsplashes. Stainless steel appliances are quite popular, offering both a sleek appearance, great durability and a surface that wipes clean easily. The same is true of stainless steel stove backsplashes, for which the low-maintenance factor is especially important.

Determine Tile Style and Amount

When you've decided on the material for your stove backsplash, it's time to determine the style, color, texture and amount of material you'll need. To figure out the latter, simply measure the square footage of the area you wish to cover. Determining the look and feel of the material you'll use will be more art than science, and you'll need to rely on your style instincts—as well as your desire to match or divert from the overall style of the kitchen—to determine the color, texture and patterns you'll use.

Installation Options

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When you've decided on the style of the stove backsplash and sourced the materials needed, it's time to turn your attention to installation. You've got two options here: the DIY route, or professional installation. Depending on the complexity of the job and the difficulty of working with your chosen backsplash material (some tile materials are easier to configure, cut and secure to the wall than others, for example), as well as your own level of DIY expertise, you may choose to hire a contractor to install your backsplash or, if you're confident in your abilities, save some money by installing it yourself.

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