How to Pick the Perfect Backsplash

Backsplash behind Cafe cooktop

A backsplash serves several roles in a kitchen. On a practical level, a backsplash helps protect the wall behind the range and sink from spills and stains. When it comes to your kitchen’s décor, a backsplash reflects your personal style and helps unite other elements such as appliances and cabinets.

There are countless options for backsplash materials with colors, sizes, and shapes to match a variety of decorating preferences and functions. Here’s a quick review as you search for the perfect backsplash.


A natural stone, granite offers the same type of distinctive coloring, streaks, and patterns as marble. Slabs or tiles of granite are available in both polished (shiny) or honed (matte) finishes. 

The beauty and uniqueness of granite set it apart; no two slabs are the same, and it’s easier to clean and maintain than marble.


Marble, a softer and more porous stone than granite, is a luxurious backsplash and can be found either as tiles or a slab. Like granite, marble is incredibly unique in appearance. To protect its pristine surface, marble needs regular sealing and vigorous cleaning. It’s also more susceptible to scratches, cracks, or other marks than granite.

Porcelain or Ceramic Tile

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are incredibly durable and come in almost any color, size, or style imaginable, giving you the freedom to create your patterns or mosaics and truly customize your kitchen. Consider both tile and grout colors in advance. Depending on your preference, the grout can create a contrast or supply a smooth, monochromatic look. 


Called engineered stone, this material is a mix of crushed quartz and resin. It’s resistant to stains, easy to clean, and has a good mix of colors to choose from. Check out a brand’s performance characteristics and look for those that receive high marks for heat and scratch resistance.

The backsplash tile shape can help give your kitchen a luxurious feel, and restrained patterning, as well as rich tones, add an elegant look. Backsplash materials may be mixed and matched. You don’t have to use the same material throughout your kitchen. Take your time to discover the backsplash materials and designs that fit your unique tastes and style.

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