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Tips for Choosing Your Kitchen Backsplash Design

Remodeling your kitchen? Choosing a kitchen backsplash design is a key ingredient in creating a kitchen design that pops. Learn more.
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The kitchen is often the most vital room in a Colorado Springs home, and the materials and visual elements of your kitchen backsplash design can really add a "pop" to your kitchen.

What is a Kitchen Backsplash?

A kitchen backsplash is the wall space behind the kitchen sink, countertop food prep areas, and the stove that protects the wall from splashes.   The backsplash can span the space from the kitchen countertop up to the bottom of the kitchen cabinets.

Backsplashes and Kitchen Design

The design, materials, and color of your kitchen backsplash design can bring continuity to the theme of a kitchen remodel. Whether you're aiming for a Colorado rustic, country, or modern feel, the backsplash you choose matters as much as the appliances and custom kitchen cabinets. A backsplash is the finishing touch of the perfect kitchen design that pops.

Kitchen backsplash designs can be minimal and they can dominate the walls of the main kitchen prep areas.  Foodies and Coloradoans who love to be in the kitchen usually choose to make the backsplash a more prominent part of the kitchen design.  For good reason, the splattering from food prep and cooking is not always easily contained. An easy to clean kitchen backsplash that spans the space from the counter to cabinets make it easier to keep your kitchen looking clean and tidy.

Two Key Features of a Kitchen Backsplash

The first key feature of the kitchen backsplash is it must protect and be easy to clean from the effects of cooking. To this end, the backsplash material must be resistant to staining from food, liquids in various forms, grease, heat and even fire. Since constant wiping and cleaning of the backsplash is normal for most busy kitchens, the backsplash material must also be very durable.

The second most important feature of the kitchen backsplash is the material, pattern and color must look great in your kitchen, almost to the level of being a focal point of your kitchen design. In many of the Colorado Springs kitchen remodeling projects we see, the homeowners are giving their kitchen decors a "pop" with a gorgeous kitchen backsplash design.

These two key features are truly one of those unique home decor elements where functionality and the visual appeal must come together. 

Kitchen Backsplash Design and Materials

Ceramic tile is the most common backsplash material. However, in recent years alternative backsplash materials have grown in popularity as Colorado homeowners use their kitchens and a vehicle for self-expression and to stand out from the crowd. Porcelain, natural stone, and stainless steel are examples of materials growing in popularity for kitchen backsplash design. 

Passionate home cooks may want to steer clear of tiles with a lot of texture, such as rough or stacked tiles. Grease can find crevices, increasing the time and effort to clean. Most kitchen magicians don’t want to clean any surfaces that require a scrub brush.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the kitchen backsplash materials and designs that are popular in Colorado Springs homes. 

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles are a long time staple in kitchen backsplash design. Subway tiles are traditionally white and measure 3 inches by 6 inches. Subway times are a  good, inexpensive option for a kitchen backsplash. It is a simple, unassuming material and design that can enhance a kitchen remodel regardless of decor theme.  With a wide variety of textures and colors available, subway tiles can tie together subtle color accents and showcase the important details of your kitchen.

Herringbone Tiles

Herringbone tiles are long, rectangular pieces of ceramic time that meet in a zigzag pattern. These tiles have become synonymous with country kitchens. For a more distinctive flair with your country kitchen remodel, dark grout is a perfect addition to the herringbone. By replacing standard grout with the dark, your white tiles will stand out and allow the farmhouse feel to shine.

Provencal Tiles

If you’re looking for a country feel with a classical twist for your kitchen remodel, provincial tiles are for you. Ceramic or porcelain, provincial tiles typically display a European pattern or design such as the fleur-de-lis. These tiles will bring an "Old World" feel to your kitchen and provide a European getaway in your own home!  Provencal tiles, in conjunction with marble or dark countertops, provide coziness and warmth and are great for the kitchens of passionate chefs and bakers.

Penny Tiles

Going for a retro, yet classy look? A kitchen backsplash design using penny tiles will enable your kitchen to appear exquisite. A staple of backsplash a century ago, the penny tile has made a huge comeback in the past decade. This round tile is similar to the hexagon tile, and about the size of a penny. It features a graphic aesthetic and can make space appear larger. The penny tile adds to both modern and retro kitchen design.

Granite Backsplashes

As one of Colorado Springs's top-rated local kitchen designers, we can report first-hand that many of our clients are increasingly drawn to granite backsplashes.  One reason homeowners are choosing a granite backsplash is that they can have one made from the same slab that was used to create their granite countertop. Granite backsplashes are seamless, and are popular for contemporary kitchens, where a clean and uninterrupted look is best.”

Natural Stone

Natural stone has proven to be a popular choice for a kitchen backsplash that offers water, grease and fire resistance. Because the tiles are porous, they do require sealing to prevent staining over time.

Reclaimed Wood

This inviting backsplash is perfect for your rustic kitchen remodel. Reclaimed wood is inexpensive as it reforms scrap lumber and can be a DIY (DIY network-budget backsplash project). Use as much or as little of this backsplash as will fit your vision for your kitchen remodel. Walls covered in reclaimed wood can evoke images of mountain cabins and outdoor living. You can work with the lumber as is, or add a glossy finish to add a chic feel.


There are many components to kitchen design. In this post, we briefly touched on the key features of kitchen backsplashes and explored some of the more common visual elements and materials being used in Colorado Springs kitchen backsplash design. You should now have some ideas to help you create a kitchen that pops. 

Designer Kitchens has helped Colorado Springs residents create their dream kitchens for the past thirty years. We'd love to have you visit our kitchen design showroom in Colorado Springs.

Call us to schedule a free in-home kitchen design visit and estimate.

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