How to Choose a Kitchen Backsplash

July 5, 2022

When designing your custom home, you might not be thinking about the little details that go into your home. If you were designing a kitchen, you probably have taken into consideration the walls, the countertops, and the cabinets. But, the kitchen backsplash can often get overlooked. The backsplash is important because it keeps your walls from getting splattered during cooking and cleaning. Here’s how to choose a kitchen backsplash that’s right for your custom home:

1. Consider Your Budget

One of the most important things to keep in mind as you choose a kitchen backsplash is your budget. You need to keep in mind how much you are willing to spend because certain materials have different price points. You also need to keep in mind how much space you want to cover. Thinking these things through first will help the process be much easier.

2. Think About Materials

Most people automatically think of tile as the most common type of backsplash in a kitchen. It is one of the common ways to incorporate tile accents into your custom home design; however, there are many different materials to use as a backsplash.


Granite is one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials and is rising in popularity as a backsplash choice. If you already have a granite countertop, a granite backsplash can extend upwards and create a seamless look. This is a good choice if you prefer a minimal countertop and cabinet look. The granite will add a bit of a dramatic flair without being too much.

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles are one of the most popular choices for kitchen backsplashes. Subway tiles are classic and simple. These tiles are staggered like bricks, and usually are done in a classic white. This is a great choice if you are interested in minimalist kitchen design. However, new designs, color choices, and patterns are emerging to add some flair.

Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tiles are small tiles (approximately 2 inches in size) and are a fun, colorful option for a backsplash. They can be made from a variety of materials, but typically are made from clay or porcelain. Mosaic tiles are often laid out in a complex pattern, and are a great focal point for your kitchen.

Stainless Steel

While stainless steel usually invokes images of a restaurant or industrial kitchen, stainless steel can be a great option for a home kitchen, too. Stainless steel is incredibly durable and very easy to clean, which makes it a great choice if you tend to do a lot of cooking. Stainless steel also comes in a variety of sizes, making it easy to find something to fit in your kitchen. It also can be embossed with a design.

3. Complement Countertops and Cabinets

When choosing the backsplash, you want to complement your countertops and cabinets, but not necessarily match them. Your backsplash will connect the countertop to your cabinet, so it’s important to keep that in mind. A backsplash with some black is one way to incorporate black into your kitchen design that also adds a sleek look.

If you have busy countertops, choose a backsplash that is simple and clean. If you have simple countertops, choose a fun, bold design as your backsplash. Bold, artistic backsplashes are one of the popular kitchen design trends. And if you have bright, colorful cabinets or countertops, consider choosing a complementary color for the backsplash, or choosing something more subtle in the same color family.

Choosing a kitchen backsplash doesn’t have to be stressful. There are many kitchen backsplash ideas and options available; as long as you are happy with the design and materials, that’s all that matters. If you’re ready to make your dream kitchen and home a reality, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!