Slate Backsplashes

With the right preparation, a slate backsplash can be an interesting and beautiful addition to any kitchen area.
Slate backsplashes

Slate backsplashes

A tight shot of slate tile backsplash behind the faucet and sink in the kitchen of a contemporary home.

Photo by: Jupiterimages


A tight shot of slate tile backsplash behind the faucet and sink in the kitchen of a contemporary home.

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Installing a slate backsplash can be a bit time intensive. Because slate can be porous (translation: mildew likes to live here), it is important to properly seal the backsplash area to avoid mold. Still, the end result can be a unique, utterly gorgeous design element for your cooking space.

Beautiful Kitchen Backsplash Options and Ideas

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Metal Kitchen Backsplash


Bronze Kitchen Backsplash


Tin Kitchen Backsplash


Stainless Steel Kitchen Backsplash


Mosaic Tile Kitchen Backsplash


Photo By: igor terekhov

Tumbled Marble Backsplash


Traditional Travertine Backsplash


Photo By: Helen Richardson

Stained Glass Tile Backsplash


Horizontal Tile Kitchen Backsplash Idea


Photo By: E.PERRY**Y

Patterned Kitchen Backsplash Design


Photo By: Gridley+GravesPhotographes

Travertine Tile Kitchen Backsplash


Photo By: Igor Terekhov

Ceramic Tile Backsplash


Stainless Steel Tile Backsplash


From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Tile Kitchen Backsplash


Photo By: John Black Photography

Ocean-Inspired Glass Tile Backsplash


Self-Adhesive Backsplash


From: Erinn Valencich

Glass Kitchen Backsplash


Photo By: John Wollwerth

Slate Kitchen Backsplash


Photo By: Jupiterimages

Shimmering Glass Tile Backsplash

Fasade Kitchen Backsplash


Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Glass Tile Backsplash


From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Classic Subway Tile Backsplash


Intricate Mosaic Tile Backsplash


Photo By: Designer, Lori Dennis

Natural Stone Backsplash


Modern Glass Tile Backsplash


Sleek Stainless Steel Backsplash


Perhaps one of the most interesting design aspects of slate is that it works well in a wide range of spaces, including everything from a modern to rustic kitchen. It is fun, however, to play with various tile colors and shapes and create a pattern that will best suit your kitchen style. For example, some contemporary kitchens work best with a backsplash that is made for one solid color of slate stones. This backsplash can look very interesting when it is made from thin, gray slate stones. Some people even choose to make some of the stones stick out farther than others, giving the backsplash a textured look.

Other slate backsplashes are made from a mix of square or rectangular tiles that come in various sizes. These tiles often look interesting when they are paired together in a variety of color tones, giving the wall a mosaic look.

Be sure to apply one or two coats of a tile sealer to protect your backsplash from mold growth. Let it thoroughly dry before using the area.

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