How To Choose A Backsplash That Complements Your Kitchen Design

ProSource | 9/21/2015 | Expert Advice

As its name suggests, a backsplash protects your kitchen walls from food and grease splashes. But it’s also a great way to show your unique design personality.

Whether a Tuscan villa, a cozy cottage retreat or a sleek high-rise inspired your kitchen design, the right backsplash can complete your design, bring together a color palette or give life to your imagination. Follow these tips to choose the perfect backsplash for your kitchen remodel.

Location, Location, Location

A backsplash generally covers the space between the countertop and the upper cabinetry. Do you want your backsplash to wrap the entire kitchen or just a small rectangle along one wall?

If you’re on a tight budget or just want to add a small design element or pop of color, you might want to limit the backsplash to high-use areas, such as behind the stove and sink.

Color Outside The Lines

A bright backsplash can add a touch of whimsy to your kitchen while a neutral color can tie the room together. To complement your counters without matching them too closely, choose a shade from your marble or granite countertop for your backsplash.

If you’ve chosen distinctive countertops as the focal point of your kitchen design, try combining different shades of that color to create a patchwork of tiles for your backsplash. This will keep your design complementary without drawing too much of the attention away from your countertops.

A solid white or grey backsplash can give your kitchen a clean, contemporary look – especially when paired with a modern countertop material, like concrete or stainless steel.

Pick Up An Accent

If your kitchen is decidedly neutral, choose a color that will stand apart from the rest of your design. A bright green or blue pairs well with grey countertops, while red can be a powerful accent against dark countertops. White or light-colored countertops can be paired with nearly any color backsplash – even multi-colored tile can add a bit of interest and dimension – so let your imagination run wild.

Material World

Tile backsplashes are popular in everything from country to eclectic kitchen design. Modern designs feature industrial materials such as concrete countertops, stainless appliances and commercial lighting fixtures. Sheet metal is a backsplash option that fits this theme well.

Other options include bead board, faux brick, plate glass, soapstone, stainless steel, stone, ceramic tile and limestone. The options are almost limitless!


Once you’ve chosen your backsplash tiles, give them a test run. ProSource Showrooms offer free sample checkouts that make it easy to test several styles and colors. Tape samples to the wall where you plan to install your backsplash and see which you like best.

Notice how the colors change with exposure to natural light at different times of day. Your kitchen backsplash is an opportunity to put a little bit of personality in your kitchen, so don’t limit yourself!

Be Penny Wise

With all the options available, it’s easy to get carried away and lose sight of your budget. Keep in mind that natural materials, such as marble, can be more affordable to purchase as tiles rather than slabs. But other materials, such as stainless steel, can be bought in sheets for less.

White ceramic tiles are a great option as they go with most any kitchen design, are easy to replace and less expensive than other tile options. Also consider using an affordable tile or sheeting for the majority of your backsplash, with a statement tile in the center for a smaller focal point.

Whether you stick to a traditional tile backsplash in a neutral shade, go bold with a bright pop of color or industrial in stainless steel, your backsplash will provide years of protection for your walls, and add to the aesthetic of your kitchen remodel.

Peruse the inspiration images and add those you like to your myProSource Project Center. If you’re unsure what will look best for you, stop by your local ProSource Showroom, whose experts can help you.

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