Kitchen Backsplash Materials

One of the most fun aspects of kitchen paint and design is the fact that there are nearly limitless options when it comes to choosing colors, styles, and materials. Interior paint, cabinets, and counters can quickly steal the limelight, but there is another element that can add incredible stylistic impact in your kitchen. Specifically, the backsplash.

Originally a functional material that aided in quick clean-up, the backsplash has now become one of the key ingredients in a beautiful medley of style. It offers a pop of complimenting contrast, and a textured, visual break in the flow of the space.

With all of that in mind, we thought we would share a quick look at some of today’s most popular backsplash materials.

Choosing Your Backsplash

One wonderful place to start is a home design website like Browse through the backsplash styles on display there and you’ll definitely come away feeling inspired. You also can take a look at our kitchen remodeling portfolio and find some beautiful examples there as well.

With that in mind, here is a closer look at the material options that are available for you to choose from:

  • Stone – Stone can make a beautiful, unique backsplash because of the individual colors and patterns that it offers. Each slab is a little different!
  • Glass – Because of how it loves to play with light, glass creates an attractive, sparkly appearance. This choice is also very easy to keep clean! And, for an even more custom look, you can try a glass mosaic pattern.
  • Metal – This is a true workhorse, creating an industrial, high-power look. Aside from just a stainless steel option, however, there also are a variety of patterned materials available, as well as custom patinas.
  • Ceramic tile – Resistant to stain and with a wide spectrum of colors and styles to choose from, ceramic tile is a wonderful, customizable option. The famous “subway tile” is one of the most popular, providing a rugged, timeless, glazed surface.
  • Porcelain tile – Because it is made from compressed porcelain dust, porcelain tile is tough, stands up to scrubbing, and can be purchased in a variety of finishes.
  • Wood – While typically the backsplash creates a point of stylish contrast with cabinetry, a wood backsplash can be very attractive.
  • Plastic – If you are thinking about tackling a DIY kitchen update, there are many options for plastic backsplashes with an adhesive backing that can be simple cut to size and applied. This can be a fun, budget-friendly project!

At New Life Bath and Kitchen, we live and breathe kitchen and bathroom design. We also have a brand new showroom with different materials on display for you to take a look at. Please feel free, if you’re able, to drop by and visit, or contact us and let us know how we can be of service!