Much more significant than many homeowners realize, a kitchen backsplash has several important functions. Practical and visually attractive, a backsplash has to be easy to clean and provide protection to the walls from messes created at the sink, stove and kitchen countertops.

A visual glue, each backsplash should creatively and artistically tie the larger elements of the room together. It provides an attractive and pleasing transition from the countertops to the cabinets to the appliances to the floors and walls even.   This is your chance to add a splash of color or elegance to your kitchen or custom designed with a stunning medallion or custom tile mural, it becomes the center point of your kitchen.

Keeping the functions of a backsplash in mind, what are the best choices in tile for a kitchen backsplash? It depends on the type of kitchen design you have chosen. Whether your design is traditional, old world, contemporary, modern or transitional will have a lot of bearing on the type of tile you choose for your backsplash. Your choices are limited only by your imagination, however, we have chosen the four most popular and time-tested choices of tile for a kitchen backsplash.


Glass Tile

Prominently popular, glass tile is the trend right now, especially when it comes to a kitchen backsplashes. A glass tile backsplash provides unlimited color choices from neutral and subdued, to bright and colorful.   It can be playful, classy, modern, sleek, clean or artsy depending on your choice of colors, sizes and layout. Create lines that work well in a transitional or contemporary kitchen.  Additionally, it can be combined with natural stone to provide a blend of both materials.


Tiled or slab marble is an excellent choice for a kitchen backsplash. Easy to clean, it is functional and beautiful, creating an elegant, classic look to any style of kitchen. Marble is available in many colors to complement the other elements in a kitchen like floors, cabinets and workspaces. Because marble is a natural stone, every piece will be unique, allowing you to have a one-of-a-kind kitchen.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain is so versatile, it’s an excellent and affordable choice for a backsplash. Available in a variety of colors and textures, Porcelain tile can mimic the qualities of natural stone to provide a warm, old world feel; it can be smooth, shiny and white – reminiscent of the New York subway tiles from the early 20th century; it can be brightly colored to accent or contrast the kitchen cabinetry, countertops, and appliances.

Listelles and Medallions

Listelles and medallions will enhance the beauty of a kitchen by harmonizing with natural stone or porcelain tile in the surrounding walls. Listelles bring a three dimensional accent to a kitchen backsplash. Medallions are a functional work of art on the wall behind the stove or sink that draw a person’s eye to the focal point it creates. These elements are often used in a traditional or old world kitchen.


To narrow down your choices for a kitchen backsplash:

  • Define your overall kitchen design.  Is it modern, sleek, transitional, traditional, or old world? What look appeals to your senses?
  • Consider your color scheme – use your cabinets, counters or floors as a starting target point.  Use our backsplash designs to guide and inspire you to help narrow down your choice.
  • Calculate your budget – some choices are more affordable than others.

Come visit us at our showroom and one of our experienced and knowledgeable staff/designers help you choose the perfect design that’s right for you.