Article By: Vanessa Brunner

A kitchen's backsplash works much like jewelry. Simple or snazzy, it can bring a whole look together; the right backsplash helps your kitchen reach its potential. Our in-depth guides, rounded up here, can help you find the backsplash material and color that fit with your kitchen's look, your cleaning style and budget.

 

 

Find Your Inspiration

The Kitchen of the Week series is great fodder for remodeling and renovation inspiration. Learn about the back-painted glass shown here and nine more favorite backsplashes from beautiful kitchens on Houzz. 

 

 

Choose Your Material

Tile. The good news: You've finally settled on a tile backsplash. The bad news: The selection process has just begun. Cement, subway, mosaic, patterned or laser cut? This guide will give you the pros and cons for each one, along with styling tips. 

 

 

Mirror. Additional visual space, a variety of styles and a relatively affordable cost make mirror a great backsplash choice. See how this flashy backsplash material can work in almost any kitchen design. 

Recycled tile. Whether salvaged or containing recycled material, recycled tile can add a unique element to your kitchen that's easy on your conscience. 

Window. Planning on making some structural changes to your kitchen? Consider a different kind of backsplash: a new window. A beautiful view, more light and fresh air could improve your kitchen's style and functionality. 

 

 

Tin. Take an old-fashioned approach to your backsplash and use simple tin tiles. This time-tested material is durable, beautiful and affordable. 

 

 

Unique materials. Maybe you feel like your classic kitchen needs a different touch. Or maybe you're just ready to embrace the unusual. Either way, one of these unique backsplash materials can help you get the statement-making look you want. 

Installation Considerations

Half backsplash. If you have your heart set on a marble backsplash but can't afford the counter-to-ceiling application you envisioned, don't give up your dream just yet. Cut your backsplash in half — or more! — to reduce cost without sacrificing efficiency. 

 

 

DIY. Think you're ready to put in your own backsplash? If you have experience setting tile and want something simple in your kitchen, take a look at this guide. A DIY backsplash installation could help you save some serious money. 

 

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