What is a backsplash?

Backsplashes today have become the focal point of many kitchens and is a major design feature. This has not always been the case. Backsplashes were originally designed just to protect the wall behind the stove and sink from splash back. They needed to be an easy to clean surface and to protect the wall. Today they usually go under the upper cabinets above the counter. Some are still easy to clean, but not all are. Today beauty and design elements are a priority.

Backsplash Material Options

Today there are many options for a back splash. They can be made from metal, glass, porcelain, ceramic and many more options.

Metallic Backsplash Ideas

Stainless steel has always been popular in kitchen backsplashes. Today it is still a great option, but in a variety of styles such as Plain Stainless Steel Panel, stainless steel backsplash tiles, and  peel and stick backsplash tiles.

Stainless Steel tiles come in many beautiful options.  For example look at the sample below. The various textural elements and the leaf motif can add another level of interest and a beautiful feature to your kitchen. 


Rustic Metal and Glass, Stainless Steel Mosaic Tile

Metallic Combination Backsplash Ideas

There are tile mosaics that are a combination of materials.  Glass and metal together in a tile mosaic and add another level of class and can completely set the tone and feel of the room.   

This black and metallic mosaic can add a classy feel to the room. It can bring a richness and warmth to an otherwise plain room. 

Glass and Metal Backsplash Tile

In contrast this blue tone glass and metal mosaic tile can bring a cool, fresh feeling to a room.  The choice of material and colour of the mosaic can completely change the tone and feel of the room. 

Black Stainless Steel and Crystal Glass Backsplash Tile 


Peel and Stick Metallic Tiles

Peel and Stick tile sounds like some something cheap like mac tack for shelves.  The truth is Peel and Stick metal tiles are not a cheap imitation, but a beautiful option.  You can get some really  unique options in peel and stick that might not be available in another material.  you can really create a beautiful unique kitchen to suite any taste and for a someone reasonable price.  

Gold Square Aluminum Metal Mosaic Peel and Stick Tile

Gold Square Metal Mosaic Peel and Stick Backsplash Tile

Aluminum and Tin Backsplash Ideas

Aluminum backsplash tiles, Tin backsplash tiles or tin looking thermal tiles are also good options for a backsplash in your kitchen.  They can give the home some character reminiscent of a heritage home.  If you like the classic feel of heritage homes or just want to bring a touch of that elegance into a modern kitchen then this type of backspash might be a good option for you. 

Tin Kitchen Backsplash Tiles in Copper

Clear Coated Tin Backsplash


Glass backsplash ideas

Glass is another great option for a luxury kitchen backsplash.  Glass can be sleek, stylish and easy to keep clean.

Painted Glass Backsplash

Back painted glass panels or solid glass panels are a great option for a sleek European design look. Another advantage of this options is that you can pick from almost any colour.  With this type of backsplash, the back side of the glass is painted.  It give a really clean, glossy look.  Depending on the colour choice, it can be used to warm up a room, cool it off, or completely brighten it up. 



Glass Tile Backsplash Ideas

A glass tile backsplash can add a touch of elegance and are available in many colours. They can also be set in several different patterns to customize the look. A glass  mosaic tile backsplash or one made from a glass combination mosaic tile can give a luxurious look to any kitchen.

Plated Glass and Gold Crystal Glass Mosaic Tile 


Glass and Porcelain Tile Backsplash Ideas

Glass and Porcelain tile make a beautiful combination and add a unique look to any backsplash.  This type of tile can give a bit of classic charm to the room. 


Porcelain and Glass Crystal Flower Pattern Mosaic Tile


 Glass and Stone Tile Backsplash Ideas

Glass and Stone mosaic tiles can bring and elegant down to earth look to any kitchen.  The richness of stone is really unrivalled.  It gives a truely grounded and down to earth feel.  It can be very modern or give a classic elegance to the room. Depending on the stone and glass combinations and color choices, you can completely change the feel and tone of the room. 

This Red stone and glass adds a bit of elegance and warmth to the room. 

Marble Stone and Glass Square Mosaic Tile

In contrast, this grey stone with blue glass gives a cool, light, fresh look to the room. 

Grey Marble and Sea Glass Mosaic Tiles

 Glass and Shell Tile Backsplash Ideas

Glass and Shell mosaic tiles can add an elegant coastal feel to a room. The unique shimmer that can only be found in shell can make the backsplash a feature that sets the tone and feel of the room.  Look at this sample below.  You can almost smell the ocean just looking at it. 


Sandy Green Glass and Stone with Conch Shell Mosaic Tile


Stone Backsplash Ideas

Stone can be a luxurious option for any kitchen backsplash. Stone can be in an inlay, tile, tile mosaic, or stone panel. All can add a level of elegance and old world charm that is hard to achieve with any other material.  You can get almost any shape, size and colour in stone.  It is durable and can stand the test of time. 

Natural Stone Square Mosaic Tile

Ceramic or Porcelain Backsplash Ideas

Ceramic or porcelain tiles make a great backsplash that can be laid out in various design patterns. Ceramic or porcelain tiles come in various sizes,s styles, colours, shapes, patterns, and combinations.  These can be like the tiles we grew up with, but they can be so much more and really anything you want them to be.  Your pattern and colour options are almost unlimited. 


Porcelain Snowflake Style Porcelain Square Mosaic Tile


Porcelain Square Mosaic Tile

A mosaic mural kitchen backsplash made from ceramic and porcelain mosaic tiles can add a level of old world elegance and charm that is rarely seen today.  You can buy pre-set mosaics, or you can customize your own if you are really creative. 

Black and Gold Mural Puzzle Mosaic Tile


Crystal Blue and While Puzzle Mosaic Mural Tile

Shell Tile Backsplash Ideas

Another unique option for a backsplash is the use of shell tiles. Some incredibly beautiful tiles are made from sea shells and they can add a unique look to any luxury kitchen. This can add another level of elegance and sophistication to a room.  The shimmering of the shell is a unique textural element to add to the kitchen. 

 Seamless Natural Mother of Pearl Shell Tile

Other materials

Occasionally you can see other materials used in a backsplash, but what I have shown here are the materials that I think will look beautiful and hold up the best over time.


As you can see, backsplashes have come a long way from when the first started being used. They have become beautiful design elements that can become a focus of interest in the kitchens of many homes. There is a great deal of variety in what can be used.




  1. LOVE the site!!! My kitchen is in such need of a make over!! You have no idea! Think 70’s wood paneling, with 30+ years of nicotine stacked on top of it! I know yuck right?! Excellent information!! Have always loved the BIG tiles! Great work! 🙂


    1. thank you I am glad you like the site and hopefully you find the information some value. In my last house we never got around to renovating the kitchen. Think 1950s plywood cabinets in light yellow. OMG horrid lol


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