5 Types of Kitchen Backsplashes

  • Intermediate

When designing a kitchen, backsplashes seldom receive anywhere close to the amount of attention that counter-tops, cabinets, and flooring receive. However, that does not mean they are not an integral part of the design process. On the contrary, an attractive and useful backsplash in your kitchen can help complement all of the other areas in your new kitchen. So, your choice of a backsplash does warrant some consideration.

Fortunately, there are many different materials that you can choose for creating a backsplash in your kitchen. Some are more common than others, and some are definitely not for everyone. Regardless, this article will provide you information on the most commonly used backsplash types and some of the best and worst traits of each.


Although not a traditional choice for kitchen backsplashes, cork is an excellent material to consider if you are a multitask-oriented person that spends a lot of time in the kitchen. A cork backsplash will allow you to place notes, memos, phone numbers, reminders, or anything else you need to keep track of in an area that makes them noticeable and frequently seen.

Although they can be very convenient, cork backsplashes are not for everyone. They're not easy to clean, and they do eventually wear out. However, if you don't mind replacing the cork backsplash every few years, they can be an excellent choice.


Glass backsplashes are gaining popularity in many areas of the country. They come in various surfaces, colors and are always an attractive addition in the kitchen. Glass backsplashes are easy to clean and very durable. However, glass backsplashes are also very expensive and can be broken by a large pot or frying pan if an accident occurs.

Natural Stone

If you want a rustic or nostalgic look for your kitchen, nothing works better than natural stone. Backsplashes made out of marble, rock, or even granite are popular in rural homes or mountain cabins. However, they can be used in any kitchen setting that has a country or outdoor theme. They are very durable, contrast nicely to other kitchen fixtures and areas, and make excellent conversation pieces.

On the other hand, natural stone is difficult to keep clean and free of an oily surface. Also, natural stone can be difficult to install, and adhesives can wear out causing the stones to fall in some cases.

Soft Metals

Another very popular option for a backsplash in the country or rural themed kitchens is soft metals. Copper and tin are popular soft metals that are used in the backslashes in many country-styled kitchens. They are fairly easy to clean, very attractive, and very resistant to wear and tear.

However, tin backsplashes are prone to corrosion and rust, while copper often needs to be cleaned and polished to avoid tarnish and mildew. Also, soft metals for backsplashes are not cheap and can add greatly to the cost of a kitchen remodel.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel backsplash is great for alter modern kitchens. They are also an excellent choice if you want to make a small kitchen appear larger. They are reflective, shiny, and easy to clean and polish. They are also fire resistant and perhaps some of the most durable types of backsplashes available. However, like most other good things for the kitchen, stainless steel backsplashes are very expensive.