Backsplash 101

Are you working on a kitchen renovation?

If so, you are probably working out what to do with your backsplash.

Fundamentally, you need a backsplash to keep water and other spills from ruining the drywall behind your counter. You have two choices:

  • A standard 4” backsplash that is the same material as your countertop. This is a straightforward decision and one that can be done with the countertop supplier or your designer and they can allow for enough material for the backsplash.
  • Should you proceed forward with this decision, you actually have a good amount of time to make final design decisions since this is literally the last thing installed in a kitchen.

Should you choose to go with tile, there are a few design decisions that need to be made:

  1. Do you want the tile to blend with the countertop or accent the wall?
  2. Are you tiling the entire wall or just the space between below the upper cabinet and the countertop?
  3. Do you want to just tile behind the cooktop?


The best way to answer these questions is to sketch it out the design. The material used on the wall can vary greatly in price as well as determining the overall design aesthetic of the space. For example, if you are looking for a more modern aesthetic, select large format tile or solid wall panel. If you are looking to create a more traditional aesthetic, select a version of subway. If you are looking to tie in several elements and have the backsplash be a focused design feature, select a tile that has pattern, movement and interest.


When choosing your tile, select your grout at the same time. You do not want this to be a last minute detail and one that a mistake is made. Grout can be a great way to accent the tile or blend into the background.

If you need help with selecting and purchasing your backsplash, let me know and you can also reference this link! I love this design element and would love to assist in your decision-making.


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