How To Choose A Kitchen Backsplash

How To Choose A Kitchen Backsplash

In a heavily used kitchen, polished stone or tile backsplashes make cleaning up the splatters easy. If you’re remodeling your kitchen or simply thinking of adding backsplashes for a simple update, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the dizzying array of materials and colors available. Should you go with current trends, something classic or forge your own path? Where do you start?


One of the first things you’ll decide is what color scheme you want to work with. Do you want your backsplash to pop or blend in? Take a hint from your countertops. Your backsplash will be right up against your counters, so the two should complement each other. Colorful counters look nice paired with neutral backsplash tiles, and vice versa. But don’t be afraid to go all neutral! You’d be surprised with how nice a white subway tile backsplash can look against white cabinets and light-colored countertops.


Don’t overlook this design detail when choosing your backsplash. Will you be taking your backsplash tiles all the way to the ceiling? To the bottom of your cabinets? Or will you simply line the first few inches of wall between your counters and cabinets? Whichever you choose will set the tone for the layout and size of your tiles.

Copper, tin, bronze, and common metals finished to appear more noble could easily showcase your unique kitchen within your home. From 19th Century pressed designs to country simple, metal options now make their way into the most sophisticated backsplash designs.


Just because tile is the go-to choice for your backsplash doesn’t mean you have to pick it! Here are some possible choices when it comes to picking out your backsplash tile:

  • Glass: These tiles are very popular right now and come in a beautiful spectrum of colors and sizes.
  • Ceramic: Clay, ceramic and porcelain tiles probably afford you the greatest opportunity to create new and complex designs. By mixing sizes, colors and placement orientation, you can make beautiful, new art on your kitchen walls.
  • Natural Stone: Old-world elegance comes packaged in natural stone tiles. Plus, by incorporating offsetting ceramic tiles in the design, you can craft a stunning backsplash that’s both classic and new.
  • Metal: Copper, tin, bronze, and common metals finished to appear more noble could easily showcase your unique kitchen within your home. From 19th Century pressed designs to country simple, metal options now make their way into the most sophisticated kitchens.
  • Mirror: Nothing makes a small kitchen appear large and contemporary like mirrored backsplashes.
  • Whole Natural Stone: As an extension of your countertops, or as an offset, whole stone slab backsplashes stretch across the area in one visual sweep for a very clean, sleek style.


You should always consider your budget when picking out backsplash tile. There’s no sense in running to the tile store and falling in love with something you simply can’t afford. Figure out your budget early and stick to the samples that fall within your range. Don’t let your tight budget keep you from being creative, though! There are ways to incorporate the latest trends without breaking the bank, and our staff can help you figure out how.

Want help picking out the perfect kitchen backsplash? Contact us!

Choosing your perfect kitchen backsplash can be a fun and creative quest. To see all the wonderful opportunities at Mees Distributors, Inc., please feel free to visit one of our three convenient locations. Our design specialists would be happy to help you select the perfect natural stone or tiles for your new kitchen.

Cincinnati Showroom

1541 West Fork Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
Phone: 513.541.2311
Fax: 513.541.4831
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm (noon)