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Backsplash For Kitchens: How To Add Style And Flair To Your Kitchen

Intricate geometric kitchen backsplash behind a new stainless steel stove

If you’re looking to add some style and flair to your kitchen, a backsplash is a perfect way to do it. Often overlooked during the design process, a well-designed backsplash can be the pièce de résistance of any kitchen. But with so many options out there, how do you know which one is right for you?

This blog post will walk you through the basics of backsplash materials, so you can make an informed decision and add some personality to your culinary haven.

Why do you need A Backsplash in your kitchen?

A backsplash is a type of wall tile protection installed in kitchens (and bathrooms, for that matter). It’s typically made from tile but can also be made from other materials such as metal, porcelain, glass, and many more.

A few important reasons you should get a solid backsplash include:

What to consider when installing a backsplash

cost of kitchen cabinets for Black elegant cabinets in a kitchen with stone backsplash

If you’re thinking of installing a backsplash in your kitchen, there are a few things you need to consider first.

First, you need to decide what type of backsplash you want. There are many different materials and styles to choose from, so take your time and browse through the options.

Second, you need to decide where to install the backsplash. Not all kitchen backsplashes are created equal, and some spaces will work better with a specific type of backsplash than others.

Finally, it would help if you decided how to install the backsplash. This can be a challenging task we recommend you don’t attempt to DIY.

Decide how much backsplash do you need

Do you need a low-profile or a big, daring, and bold backsplash to pair with your countertop? That’s the question you’ll need to ask yourself when choosing a backsplash. Do you want something understated that will blend into your new kitchen design or something eye-catching that will make a statement?

Ceramic backsplash tile is a popular choice because it’s durable and comes in various styles and colors. Glass tiles are another option, and they can be used to create a unique design that stands out. If you’re looking for a backsplash statement backsplash, marble with gray veining won’t disappoint.

No matter what type of backsplash you choose, ensure it’s installed correctly by a professional to avoid water damage and other problems.

Backsplash materials

There is a variety of backsplash combinations that can be used in a kitchen. Some of the most popular kitchen backsplash ideas include tile, stone, metal, and even wood.

Modern white kitchen renovation with white tile and intricate oriental backsplash pattern

Tile backsplash

Tile is a common choice because it comes in various colors and styles. It is also durable and easy to clean. However, it can be tricky to install, so going with a professional is always a good idea.

Simple kitchen with natural stone backsplash in gray and brown shades

Stone backsplash

Natural stone is one of the most beautiful and durable backsplash choices. Inspired by old European kitchens, its rustic look brings a welcoming vibe into every space, making it suitable for various kitchen designs. It is also easy to clean and resists heat and water damage.

Copper backsplash in rustic kitchen renovation with brown wood cabinets

Metal backsplash

Metal backsplashes are a popular choice because they are durable and easy to clean. An interior designer will know how to blend in a stainless steel, copper, or bronze backsplash. However, they can get easily scratched or dented, so that’s something you should consider if you want to go with this style.

Minimalist kitchen with simple white cabinets and dark wood backsplash

Wood backsplash

Wood backsplashes are a great way to add warmth and character to your kitchen walls. They are also affordable and easy to install. However, they are not as durable as other materials and if not sealed well, wood can get easily damaged by water.

Rustic kitchen renovation with wood beams, wood island, and brick walls and backsplash

Brick backsplash

Brick backsplash ideas are a unique and rustic option that can add some personality to the entire room. They work well in all-wood kitchens, modern kitchens with white cabinets, and even minimalist kitchens.

White marble backsplash in modern luxurious kitchen renovation

Marble backsplash

If you’re looking for a backsplash that will make a statement in your kitchen, marble is the way to go. It provides a luxurious design touch that will make your kitchen unique. Marble backsplashes are also easy to clean and incredibly durable.

Big kitchen renovation with window backsplash behind kitchen sink

Window backsplash

Backsplashes don’t have to be all about a solid texture. You can easily use a window as your backsplash to create an open, airy kitchen. Looking over your yard while doing the dishes will make this chore much more enjoyable.

How to choose the right backsplash for your kitchen?

1. Choose a backsplash that compliments your kitchen's design

When you’re choosing a backsplash, it’s essential to choose one that will complement the design of your kitchen. If your kitchen is minimalist, go for a simple backsplash, a bold-colored one, or dare to add in a metallic touch. If you have a country-style kitchen, try using a backsplash made of brick or stone.

Just make sure that the backsplash you choose is compatible with the rest of your kitchen. If you’re not sure which backsplash will look best in your kitchen, give us call and we’d love to help you make a decision you’ll adore. 

2. Complement your kitchen's Colors

If you have neutral colors for cabinetry and countertops, consider using a backsplash made of a dark material like stone or brick to really make your cabinets stand out. If you have dark-colored kitchen cabinets and countertops, a light-colored backsplash will give you that contrast you need.

3. Consider your budget

If you’re on a tight budget, a tile backsplash is the most affordable option. If you’re on the other end of the budget and want to spend more, stone, glass, and marble backsplashes are attractive and durable options that will make your kitchen’s look unique.

4. maintenance and Cleaning

When choosing a backsplash, find one that is easy to clean and maintain. Tile and stone are easy to clean, while metal and wood backsplashes may require more effort. 

5. Wear and tear

Your backsplash should be able to withstand daily wear and tear. Whether you choose a tile backsplash or a backsplash made of another material, make sure it is durable and suitable for the place you want to install it in.

How to match your backsplash with your countertops

Modern rustic kitchen renovation with white cabinets and matching marble countertops and backsplash

Here, it all depends on taste. Identical countertops and backsplashes will provide a unitary look and feel to your kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t combine different colors and styles.

Just as white cabinets and a different colored kitchen island look fantastic, so can a different countertop and backsplash. They can either be contrasting (say, white marble countertops and dark gray tile backsplash), or supporting each other (white quartz countertops and gray backsplashes). You’re free to experiment with different design styles to create a more personalized kitchen.

The first step is to choose a kitchen countertop, as they are installed before the backsplash. Then you are free to be creative with backsplashes design. Here is what you should take into account after choosing your countertop:

1. Contrasting or Matching?

As we mentioned, a backsplash and countertop that contrast each other can create an eye-catching look, while for a seamless look, same material and color for backsplash and countertop will work well.

2. Blend in different materials

There are plenty of material combinations that you can take inspiration from:

3. Different shapes and tile patterns

Using different shapes and tile patterns can also help you create a unique backsplash. Try using different sizes, colors, and shapes to create a backsplash that is truly your own. Elevate your kitchen with geometric designs, a herringbone pattern, a chevron pattern, or get creative with mosaics. Even using a 3D, subway tile pattern can make your kitchen stand out from the rest.


Now that you know how to select the best backsplash for your kitchen, it’s time to turn your space around.

At City & Country Contracting, we’ve transformed dozens of kitchens in Langley, Surrey, Vancouver, Burnaby, and more of Metro Vancouver. If you’re ready to get yours started, contact us today – our experts are here to make your dreams a reality.