Kitchens, often referred to as the heart of the home, have transformed over the decades to favor design over functionality. The technology behind necessary appliances have allowed homeowners to prioritize style and design over clunky but necessary kitchen components. One design feature that has taken front and center stage in the last decade or so is the backsplash. Advancements in affordable tile and other materials have made the dawn of the creative backsplash viable.


The backsplash of your kitchen, the wall space between your countertop and upper cabinets, is a blank canvas ready to be painted with character and design. Some choose a timeless choice that will withstand color changes and possible cabinet updates. Some choose a more bold and artistic choice that will be the eye-catcher of the room. Regardless of the design you choose for your backsplash, it’s important that you consider all the different options that are available so that you can land on a backsplash that fits your home’s design aesthetic as well as your personal taste.


A traditional backsplash raises 4 inches above the counter and is typically made from the same material or slab as the countertop. With man-made composite countertops, the ability to choose a traditional ‘short’ backsplash still remains a stylish and timeless look. The backsplash will likely be one ‘slab’ of countertop material that will have a seamless look. Choosing a traditional sized backsplash allows for different color choices of paint on the rest of the space between the counter and cabinets. It is also more cost effective; using less materials and therefore decreasing project costs. 


A full backsplash, a design that is growing in popularity, spans the entire height between the counter and the upper cabinets. Cabinet height backsplashes allow for more design cohesiveness and often bring a ‘high-end’ look to your room. If there isn’t money in your kitchen renovation budget for new cabinetry, consider a new and bold backsplash; it has the same potential to completely transform your kitchen as much as new cabinets or countertops do.


 Below is a list of popular materials and designs for full backsplashes. 


Subway Tile: The classic, full size subway tile is 4 x 6 inches. These rectangular tiles offer classic shapes in a generally neutral and timeless way. There are varying sizes of the tile, but all subway tile is rectangular in shape. With over 12 different ways to arrange subway tile (staggered, brick pattern, herringbone, etc.) these versatile rectangles offer a myriad of possibilities. 


Reclaimed Wood: The popular farmhouse trends lend themselves to welcoming reclaimed wood into their facades. Using wood planks that have character, and better yet, an origin story, is a great way to tie a farmhouse or country-inspired design together.


Natural Stone: For those that prefer low-shine, consider a travertine or terra-cotta tile. Also used in bathrooms, natural stone can be a neutral choice that works well with many designs,  spanning the gap between ‘mountain cabin or ornate ‘italian villa,’


Marble: The presence of stria throughout marble evokes a natural randomness that can be breathtaking. Due to the way it’s naturally made, marble tiles will have an unpredictable color scheme that can enliven neutral cabinets and surroundings. 

The bottom line is that no material is unusable for a backsplash! Stainless steel, concrete, wallpaper…be creative and stay true to your design dreams. When you partner with Distinct Construction, we have the resources and expertise to create the backsplash you desire and maintain your renovation budget. Resourcing different materials, exploring new options, and ultimately delivering a beautiful finished project is our specialty. Visit for more details about how to get your kitchen renovation started.