Kitchen Backsplash Design Ideas

Kitchen Backsplash Design Ideas

A tile backsplash is a timeless addition to any kitchen, blending form and function seamlessly. If you’re planning a Denver kitchen remodel, begin with choosing cabinetry and countertops that meet your design needs. Then, consider which backsplash design will best express the look you are going for and give your room a finishing touch.

Whether you favor a classic design or a backsplash with artistic zest, narrowing down the best design and material can sometimes be challenging due to the volume of options. Every New Year brings fresh ideas and products to the design scene. According to a recent article by, choosing the best backsplash can be a formidable task for some homeowners for this reason. The basic purpose of a backsplash is to catch food and oil splatter and protect walls from water. Yet, a backsplash can also serve as a cosmetic enhancement to a room and should therefore be carefully considered.

Depending on your budget, your personal style and your kitchen design, you’ll find the perfect backsplash for your space. These five popular trends will help you narrow down the search:

Natural Stone

Natural stone has been a consistent material choice for some time now, and studies show that its popularity for the kitchen remains strong. Whether you prefer a slate, soapstone, granite or marble backsplash, natural stone has a timeless appeal that is perfect for any home décor. Backsplashes are available in tile or slab form and can either match your countertop or be a contrasting color and texture. Natural stone is tough and durable and therefore a great choice, however it does require regular sealing. Additionally, slate and soapstone can easily scratch, but wiping them with a dab of mineral oil will usually make the scratches magically disappear.


A tile backsplash brings both practicality and aesthetic appeal to the kitchen. The material is non-porous and smooth, making it easy to wipe down and clean, especially where spills and splatters are common. It’s also resilient to heat, moisture, and stains. With a wide range of colors, shapes, sizes, and patterns available, tile allows for endless design possibilities, enabling you to create a backsplash that perfectly complements your kitchen décor and personal style. Whether you opt for classic subway tiles, intricate mosaic patterns, or bold geometric designs, the backsplash serves as a focal point that ties the entire kitchen together. Additionally, the reflective surface of tiles can help brighten up the space by bouncing light around, making the kitchen feel more open and inviting.

Kitchen remodel with white Shaker cabinets and tile backsplash

Photo | BKC Kitchen and Bath

Stainless steel and bronze

If the sleek look of stainless steel or oil-rubbed bronze appeals to you, a metallic backsplash might be the perfect option for your design. In a modern or industrial-style home or loft, metal elements make a dramatic statement. So, too, can a stainless steel or bronze backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom. Metal backsplashes are available in solid sheets or tile form, and both options are appealing in their own way. A solid sheet that is has no grouting will help keep dirt and grime build-up away, but the smoothness of the material also has a tendency to show dents.


For something fun and unconventional, consider adding a backsplash made of chalkboard paint. Whether you’re an artist or you just like to doodle, having a chalkboard backsplash adds an interactive element to your kitchen or bath that can be shared by everyone. The paint is easy to apply, affordable, and adds an engaging characteristic to the room. Using a chalkboard backsplash in the kitchen creates a clever way to jot down shopping lists, exchange messages with family members and plan out recipes.


Due to its timeless design, versatility and sustainable aspects, glass has become a very popular backsplash option. In particular, recycled glass material is very appealing to homeowners who seek to incorporate green products into the home. Classic subway tiles and mosaic patterns work well in almost any décor, and with an extensive color spectrum available, finding just the right backsplash is sure to be a breeze. Although cracks can be difficult to repair, glass tile has the benefit of being resistant to both mildew and stains.

Contact us or visit our Denver cabinet showroom for more inspiration and ideas on backsplash design trends.