Just as the perfect accessory can take an outfit from simple to simply stunning, a kitchen backsplash can significantly boost your space’s appearance. Elegant or funky, neutral or colorful, the look you choose to highlight the wall space between the countertops and cabinets is the perfect opportunity to inject some personality into your kitchen design. The backsplash is often one of the last details homeowners select for their kitchen remodel, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important than the other choices you make.

How to Pick the Perfect Kitchen Backsplash:

Because it gets no foot traffic and little water spray, practically any material can be used for a backsplash, though most homeowners choose something that is just as easy to clean as it is stunning. The main purpose of a backsplash is to protect your walls with a splatter-proof surface, but it is possible to beautifully blend form and function. To that end, we’ve rounded up some great suggestions for choosing the perfect kitchen backsplash material and color that complements your kitchen’s look, your personal style, and budget.



As an attractive, low-maintenance material, marble is an elegant look that is easy to clean. If you have a neutral color scheme in your kitchen, try using a marble that has warm shades of grey in the veining to lend a bit of color without distracting from the overall look.

marble kitchen backsplashes in burke, va
ceramic tile design backsplash

Ceramic Tile


It comes in a wide range of colors, textures, and finishes, and is a favorite choice for many homeowners. While a tile surface makes for easy cleaning, the grouting must be regularly scrubbed and resealed. Try a black glazed tile to make a dramatic statement, or pair soft yellow tiles with a metal range hood in a traditional or French style kitchen.



Whether you choose plate glass or tiles, glass has a reflective quality that makes it a popular material choice. Glass can be easily scratched, but it’s easy to clean and resists stains. A gorgeous blue tile can mimic the look of sea glass, while a bright pop of turquoise adds a fun touch to an otherwise traditional design. Try placing a vintage poster or favorite piece of fabric between two pieces of glass for a one-of-a-kind backsplash.

royal blue glass kitchen backsplash
brick kitchen backsplash under hood range



Being a timeless material, brick can add a warm, homey feel to traditional or historic style kitchens. Brick’s rich color tones artfully tie together different wood shades used for cabinetry and trim.



If you want to add a bit of whimsy, cover at least one area with a chalkboard. Kids can create mini-masterpieces while meals are being prepared, or family members can leave each other colorful and fun messages.

chalkboard kitchen backsplash
mirror backsplash

Mirrors & Aluminum


Modern kitchen designs can add a little shine by using brushed aluminum tiles or by adding a mirrored backsplash that gives the illusion of more space.

Budget Savvy Backsplashes


At Abbey Design Center, our remodeling process starts with a conversation. During this conversation, we discuss your ideas, designs, and budget. ere are a couple things to keep in mind when budgeting for your kitchen backsplash:


  • Trendy tiles tend to be more expensive than classic white ceramic ones. No matter which you choose, don’t skimp on the grout – you want to ensure the tiles stay firmly attached to the wall.


  • Know what you’re willing to compromise on. Flexibility in tile size, color, or texture can mean the difference between getting the look you want or having to settle for your second choice.


Ready to dive into stunning backsplashes for your next kitchen remodel? Contact us today to start a conversation with one of our expert designers!

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