NB Construction’s Top Ten Tips for Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash

Backsplashes are more than a kitchen necessity – they’re a fabulous opportunity to add interest and verve to your kitchen! While backsplash trends, like any trends, are always subject to change, the factors to help you choose the right backsplash for you have remained pretty stable.  Here are our top 10 tips for choosing the best kitchen backsplash.



As with any design project, the first thing to keep in mind is budget. Once you’ve established a budget for the backsplash, you’ll be to make the best decisions for your kitchen – without gouging your wallet.


There are so many backsplash materials to choose from – glass, metal, and porcelain are just the tip of the iceberg. Decide whether you’re interested in investing a lot of time in backsplash maintenance; if you’re not, it’s better to stick with more durable materials, such as ceramic and porcelain.


Color is obviously one of the most important decisions you’re going to have to make when it comes to your backsplash: Will you go bold with a vibrant emerald green or stick with a safe, neutral off-white? What’s important to remember when picking a backsplash is that it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Which brings us to…


Cabinets and countertops

In many cases, your kitchen cabinets and countertops will be your backsplash’s best friends. To that end, keep your cabinet colors in mind when choosing your backsplash colors. If your cabinets are azure, emerald green might not be the best backsplash bet.


Ah, grout. One of interior design’s unsung heroes. In spite of its humble design standings, grout literally brings your tiles together, and it’s worth investing in a grout that can withstand the love of a busy kitchen. In recent years, designers and laypeople alike have discovered the joys of colored grout. If you’re not quite ready for vivacious emerald green tiles to burst upon your kitchen, maybe you’re ready for some zesty green grout?


Height is one of those backsplash factors that aren’t necessarily under your control.  If you’ve got a row of upper cabinets above your sink, your backsplash space has been defined for you. However, if there are no pesky cabinets dictating your fate, think about extending the height of the backsplash beyond its standard dimensions. It’s a fairly simple way to add a lot of pizzazz and
excitement to your kitchen.


You can think out of the box – literally! Subway tile is great, but tiles now come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Herringbone, Moroccan, and mosaic tiles have a lot going for them.


Consider Metal

Running out of counter space? Magnetic tiles might just be the answer to your prayers. These shiny additions to your kitchen pack a lot of punch, and they work as a magnetic board for your extensive knife collection.

Mix it up

Torn between herringbone and subway tile? Love custom mosaics but they’re way out of your budget? You don’t necessarily have to choose. Mix and match tiles to create stunning kitchen designs. A subway tile backsplash with bursts of custom mosaics is an arresting kitchen feature.

Know your maintenance drill

Once you’ve finally got your dream backsplash in place, take a few moments to talk to your interior designer or your local home construction store about how to keep the dream looking fresh. Different materials require different care, and investing even a little time in their upkeep will keep you smiling each time you walk into the kitchen.

Still unsure how to tackle your kitchen backsplash? Let us help! Our team of experts is here to walk you through the entire backsplash process. Give us a call at (323) 424-3514, or reach us at info@nb-construction.com