Your Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Backsplash Materials

Written by Posted On Saturday, 29 April 2023 00:00

Ceramic and porcelain are the traditional materials used for backsplashes, with 55% of new kitchens using one or the other. Both are durable, protective, and can look beautiful. But they aren't your only options. If you want to give your kitchen a new look, consider using one of these backsplash materials.


You have a few options when it comes to the type of tile you choose, ceramic, glass, or natural stone. Tile is a popular choice because it's impermeable and does a great job of protecting the wall. It's also easy to keep clean.

To know what type of tile you should use, you need to consider the style of your kitchen. Your kitchen cabinet company can help you design a custom backsplash that matches the design of your kitchen. 

White ceramic tile can look great in both modern and retro-inspired kitchens. Natural stone in marble can give your kitchen a luxurious feel. Glass can add a bright and funky feel. 


Instead of using glass tile, you could use a large sheet of tempered glass. This works great for adding protected lighting above your stove. It also allows you to use any wallpaper or paint you wish behind the glass. 

Chalkboard Paint 

A low cost and creative option is to paint your backsplash area with chalkboard paint. You can do this yourself as an easy DIY project. You can write notes, menu ideas, or create a shopping list that's easily seen. 

When you're ready for a clean slate, all you have to do is wipe it clean. One downside, though, is that the black paint may close your kitchen in and make it feel smaller. 


If your kitchen is on the smaller side, then using a mirror as a backsplash can open up the space. They will reflect the light and make it bounce around the room. The more light, the more inviting the space. 

The surface of the mirror will be easy to clean, though it will end up taking more effort to keep clean as any little bit of grease or dirt will show. 


This material provides you with a fast any easy option but not the greatest amount of protection. You also need to think about how moisture will affect the wallpaper and cause it to peel. 

Stainless Steel 

Lining your backsplash with stainless steel will give it a modern feel and tie all of your stainless steel appliances together. It's ideal because it's durable, easy to clean, and resistant to high temperatures. 

Just be careful with acidic foods. The acid will ruin the finish if not immediately cleaned. 

Choose From These Backsplash Materials

Consider one of these backsplash materials for your kitchen. Think about the amount of cooking you do and the level of durability and protection you need. 

Some materials such as chalkboard paint or wallpaper you can apply yourself. Others, such as tile, marble, and stainless steel are best left to the professionals. 

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