Spaghetti sauce, red wine, and grease. Oh, my! These three food items alone make a kitchen backsplash a necessity. Functionally speaking, a backsplash is great for accommodating spills, but aesthetically, it can add the perfect finishing touch to your kitchen design. But there are so many to choose from. Which is the best backsplash?


Today’s backsplash ideas run the gamut on creativity, from a simple, clean and classic design to something more dramatic that mixes colors, textures, and materials that create a stunning backdrop. So, if your kitchen is in need of a little sprucing up, know that there are plenty of possibilities, but that the best kitchen backsplash depends on your style, your kitchen’s decor, and your wallet. 

Tile backsplash price comparison per square foot:

  • Ceramic                 $2 - $5

  • Porcelain               $3 - $6

  • Natural Stone        $5 - $10

  • Glass                      $10 - $30

  • Metal                      $15 - $25

Tile remains the most popular backsplash material, and understandably so. Aside from its affordability, tile comes in different colors, textures, finishes, sizes, and shapes, making it extremely versatile. Even traditional, white subway tile, still a popular choice, now comes in many colors.   


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if a tile backsplash is your style and it works well with your decor and wallet, you have a lot of choices. And don’t worry about trying to match the impressionistic design of a granite or marble countertop. To achieve a complex design, you can incorporate a patterned backsplash to counter-balance a design in your countertop.



In this kitchen, notice how the multi-colored, stone tile backsplash enhances the island’s mauve and brown coloring. The island’s variegation is countered by the angled tiles of the backsplash, which rest atop the single row of squared tiles, a design that adds interest and variety to the entire kitchen. 


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The dark cherrywood cabinets attractively offset this grayscale backsplash and help it emphasize the light and shade of the stainless steel appliances and solid white countertops. You can also add little pops of light by mixing glass tiles with flat-finish tiles.


There are also grout-free styles on the market, including slabs of marble and granite, and sheets of stainless steel and laminates. While more expensive than tile, slabs and sheets are virtually seamless and have the added convenience of being one of the easiest backsplashes to clean. Also, because they come in smooth, solid pieces, they provide a beautiful, polished look. 

Sheet/slab backsplash comparison per square foot:

  • Marble                     Starting at $50

  • Granite                    Starting at $40

  • Laminate                 $10 - $20

  • Stainless steel        $30 - $40


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In this design, the neutral-coloring of the walls makes them fall away, drawing the eye to the speckled backsplash and matching island, which together create a focal point and a cozy place where friends and family can gather together.


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Whether your kitchen is small and dark or full of light, a metal, mirrored, or stainless steel backsplash will catch the light and your eye. This kitchen’s metal backsplash adds a bright style to the room, beautifully complements the pinewood cabinets, and provides a soft, warm glow to the entire space. Metal also comes in a plentiful array of colors and stamped patterns. 

Final Thoughts

When considering a backsplash, looking at the choices can be both exciting and overwhelming. You don’t want to break the bank, but you do want something you’ll absolutely love. If you’re in the market for a kitchen remodel, it is strongly recommended you consult with a designer before beginning any major renovation, and the designers at Kitchen & Bath Ideas have a combined 100+ years experience. Contact us for a free consultation today.

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