Your Kitchen Backsplash Guide

With new tile on the market every day, it can be difficult to find the perfect backsplash for your kitchen remodel. When choosing your kitchen backsplash, you’ll want to consider durability, style, size and what budget you’re willing to allocate to the backsplash. While there is a myriad to choose from, below are some of our clients’ favorites. 


Black and White Cement Tile BacksplashEncaustic Cement Tile

Encaustic cement tile has been a popular choice for a few years now. Its a great way to add a strong design element to your kitchen remodel, especially if you have chosen simple cabinetry. Encaustic tile comes in a variety of patterns. With the different patterns, some people choose to layout the tile in a way that creates an even larger pattern to fill the wall. If you’re considering encaustic tile, but concerned it might be too bold for the space, you may like it just above the cooktop as an accent. 


Subway Tile

Subway tile is a classic due to its simplicity and versatility. Many people choose subway tile for their kitchen remodel because it looks timeless. For those that want a variation of subway tile, people are choosing to use larger format subway tile, such as a 4×8 tile. Those that want a more contemporary look may choose to install subway tile vertically, rather than the typical horizontal installation. There are also chevron and herringbone variations to consider. 


Glass Mosaics

Glass mosaics have a huge variety which is why they are a popular choice for kitchen remodels. Due to the size of the mosaics, they are often sold attached to a mesh sheet to assist in installation. Glass mosaics are often a rectangular or square shape. Sometimes they are just glass, other times the sheet contains a mix of glass and ceramic or porcelain tile. Much like the subway tile, glass mosaics may be run vertically for a more contemporary look. They are often used as an accent piece with field tile that is a bit simpler. 




A slab backsplash is  made of a large, solid piece of stone. Often times, the slab is made of the same material as the countertop. This is often used contemporary spaces as they are visually simple and streamlined. They appear to be a continuation of the countertop which helps to unify the design. Because the slab is one large piece, they are a great option for those who want to avoid grout lines.  When choosing a slab for a backsplash, be sure to look at the veining and variation in the stone so that you can plan where you want the higher variation areas. Marble is a common choice for a slab style backsplash. 



Stacked Stone

Stacked stone is a great option for those looking to add a bit of texture and visual interest to their kitchen remodel. While people may think that stacked stone is a more rustic option, it can be a great way to add warmth to a transitional kitchen remodel. Stacked stone is made from thinly cut pieces of natural stone. Because it is a natural product, there are a variety of colors available. Each stone piece has a natural variation that can add a great design element to your backsplash. Gray tones are very common for stacked stone backsplashes due to its versatility. 


Picking a backsplash is only one of the many decisions you need to make when planning your kitchen remodel. If you’ve been thinking about remodeling your kitchen, contact us today to get started! Our design build team would love to turn your dreams into reality. To see some of our kitchen remodels, including all of the kitchens featured here, visit our kitchen portfolio.

Written By Katie Finn