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What is a Range Hood Backsplash (Complete Guide)

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We all love those beautiful homes on HGTV. Especially the kitchens. You may notice somthgin interesting about all of those homes. Their range hoods typically have a beautiful backsplash to go along with it. But what is a backsplash, and how can you choose the right one?

In this article, we will cover what a backsplash is, why it’s important and how to get the right one. So you can make the most out of your kitchen.

What is a range hood backsplash?

A Range hood backsplash is a panel that goes on the wall above your range or cooktop to protect the wall from grime grease and oil splashes. They also look amazing can give your kitchen dimension and individuality! Range hood backsplashes come in many sizes and materials.

What material are backsplash avilable in?

You can broadly categorize the materials for your kitchen backsplash into four types: ceramic, porcelain, metal, glass, and ceramic. To create a cohesive look, it is recommended to choose the same colors, patterns, and materials for your kitchen backsplash, countertops, cabinets, floors, and flooring. 

1. Subway tile

Subway tiles are undoubtedly one of the most popular kitchen backsplash tiles, and their simplicity makes them a terrific way to calm down busy kitchens.

The tile is laid in a brick-like pattern. However, some modern designs allow you to lay the tiles horizontally or diagonally. Although the tile color may vary, most tiles will be plain white. This creates a minimalist look.

Kitchen with subway tile range hood backsplash
Kitchen with subway tile range hood backsplash.

2. Ceramic or porcelain tiles

The most common tiles for kitchen backsplashes are ceramic and porcelain tiles. They will often be 1 inch by 1″ or smaller. These tiles are made from natural clay-based materials and are fired at high temperatures. Group-1 and Group-2 tiles have a hardness of 6.5 to 8.0. They are suitable for walls because they come in many colors, shapes, and designs. They are also very easy to maintain and affordable.

3. Stone slab

Are you not a fan or tile? You might be the right choice for you. The texture of stone gives a backsplash a unique appearance. A stone slab with distinct veining can be used as the focal point of a modern kitchen. This is especially true if countertops and cabinets are either minimal or white. When paired with a more neutral space, this can create a dramatic effect and give your kitchen a new look.

Natural stone adds warmth, richness, and texture to the kitchen. However, They are also very difficult to maintain and must be sealed regularly. One can also consider composite stone such as quartz for the kitchen backsplash.

4. Glass

Glass adds a sense of life to your kitchen due to its transparency and ability to reflect sunlight. They also provide a seamless, uninterrupted surface. Another benefit of glass backsplashes is that they are very easy to clean.

It might seem odd to think that glass would make a great kitchen backsplash. However, glass is impervious to water. It won’t crack, shatter, or break easily, so don’t be alarmed. This makes it an excellent option.

You can also look into glass mosaic tiles such as these. Mosaic tiles are small in size and are laid on a fiberglass mesh to make them easy to install. You could also use mosaic tiles to create mosaic art right on your wall. Professional installation is strongly recommended.

5. Stainless steel

Stainless appliances look fantastic with a stainless backsplash. It’s also long-lasting, easy to clean, and simple to install. Stainless steel range hood backsplashes are also extremely durable and easy to clean.

Although stainless steel kitchen range hood backsplashes are often associated with restaurant kitchens and other commercial kitchens, this unique design is increasingly popular in residential kitchens across the country.

You can find stainless steel tiles in many sizes and shapes. However, large sheets of steel can be embossed with intricate designs.

6. Peel & Stick Tiles

You might consider using a “peel-and-stick” tile design as your kitchen backsplash if your walls are smooth and capable of supporting an adhesive.

Peel and stick kitchen backsplashes can be cheap and easy to install. And they are a great way to save money on your kitchen remodeling. You can also easily replace your backsplash with peel-and-stick tiles if you are not satisfied with the design or the color.

These cheap backsplash stick-on tiles can be found at hardware stores such as Home Depot or on Amazon.

Wall mount range hood with glass backsplash
Wall mount range hood with glass backsplash.

How to choose the right backsplash

Every kitchen design is unique to the homeowner’s vision, but there are certain design guidelines you may follow to avoid the space being overly cluttered, clinical, or plain out of style. If you plan to sell your house and remodel your kitchen in the future, it’s also vital to choose a timeless backsplash that won’t date rapidly.

Here are some pointers on how to select the best kitchen backsplash for your home:

1. Your height

The “standard” height for a kitchen backsplash is 4 inches high. This is far too low for some.  Many people raise the backsplash to the same height as their kitchen cabinets on the wall, leaving no visible wall above the main counters.

To help the design on the area feel more cohesive, some kitchen designs have the backsplash go all the way up to the ceiling.

Choose a taller kitchen backsplash if you’re going to make a lot of mess in your kitchen. If a mess isn’t a major concern for you, the 4-inch standard size might suffice.

2. Kitchen Countertops

Because your countertops and backsplash meet in the middle, you’ll want to be sure they’re complementary and function well together if your countertops and backsplash clash, your entire kitchen’s design will be thrown off.

Choose a backsplash color that contrasts with the countertop or is in the same color family as the countertop. The primary rule is that a “busy” countertop should not be paired with a “busy” backsplash. 

If you have granite counters with a lot of veining, for example, you should go with a plain, minimalist kitchen backsplash. If you have a simple white countertop, on the other hand, a vivid tile backsplash in an accent color can be a good choice.

3. Set a budget

When it comes to kitchen backsplash tiles, you can expect to pay between $8 and $20 per square foot on average. However, when you get into glass, stainless steel, and other more expensive materials, the price will continue to rise.

If money is tight and your kitchen walls are adhesive-friendly, a low-cost peel-and-stick backsplash with a “fake” tile that can be removed and replaced whenever you want would be a good option.

On the other hand, if you’re willing to spend a lot of money, a scratch-resistant glass-style tile backsplash is an alternative that gives the space a beautiful aesthetic while also protecting the walls from moisture.

4. Points of focus

One of the basic ideas of interior design is that a room must have a focal point.

Most kitchen designs will have a focal point that draws your attention as soon as you walk in; you must determine whether or not you want your backsplash to be that focal point.

A backsplash may be a great focal point, especially if the rest of the room is kept simple. A mosaic tile pattern or vividly colored subway tiles, for example, might provide a splash of color and energy to your kitchen. Mosaic tile is especially useful for creating a visually appealing focal point.

If your kitchen already has one or more main areas, however, a basic backsplash design that doesn’t catch the eye is usually preferable – mosaic tile in a crowded kitchen may quickly become an attack on the eyes.

5. Points to Think About

Though various materials have distinct styles and pricing ranges to consider, you must also consider your habits in the kitchen. 

How do you prepare your meals? What kinds of meals do you cook? When you cook, do you get a lot of moisture, splashes, and messes? Do you prefer to cook on the stove rather than in the oven?  These are crucial questions to consider.

If you’re the type of cook who creates a lot of messes or frequently has hot pots spitting oil and grease all over the place, for example, you’ll need a somewhat tall kitchen backsplash made of sturdy material like ceramic, stone, or stainless steel.

If you produce steam while cooking, on the other hand, you could want to use a material like glass tile, which is completely water-resistant and so prevents damp problems.

What is the most popular backsplash?

White subway tiles have undoubtedly been the most popular kitchen tile in recent years.

White subway tiles are a wonderful method to tone down your kitchen backsplash design in a busy kitchen while still feeling sleek and modern. It’s usually found in white in a classic brick-like staggered joint pattern. These beautiful backsplash tiles in the kitchen never seem to go out of style!

Does your backsplash need to match the countertop?

The backsplash in your kitchen should complement your countertop, but it does not have to be identical. The majority of the time, kitchen countertops and backsplashes will be different colors/designs, opposing or complementing one another in some way.

It all relies on the overall design of the area!

When the kitchen has a clinical all-white aesthetic, or when the homeowner extends their granite countertop upwards to create a granite backsplash, you’re more likely to see matching backsplashes and countertops.

How to install a tile backsplash

Instaling a tile backsplash can be done in 8 easy steps.

1. Remove the stove and the range hood
Remove the range and unplug the gas or electric lines. Turn off the power, disconnect the vent hood wire, and remove the screws before lowering the vent hood.

2. Apply a thin coat of thin-set mortar to the wall
Using a notched trowel, apply mortar. Maintain a 45-degree angle with the trowel to generate uniform-height ridges in the mortar.

3. Place the Field Tiles in their Proper Placement
Apply modest pressure when pressing field tiles into the thin-set mortar. To keep grout lines uniform, use vinyl grout spacers.

4. Place the accent tiles in their proper locations (if applicable)
Set decorative strips and art tiles among field tiles to add interest and detail.

5. Tiles should be cut to the desired shape and size
Using a scoring tile cutter, cut entire tiles. To tidy up cuts or create curved shapes, use tile nippers.

6. Grout should be used
Using a foam rubber float, apply the grout. To avoid dragging the grout out of the joints, hold the float at a 45-degree angle and move diagonally from corner to corner. Remove any extra grout from the tile’s face.

7. Washed away grout haze
Allow 20-30 minutes for the grout to set in the joints before removing any leftover film with a grout sponge. Using gentle to moderate pressure, wring out any extra water from the sponge.

8. Replace the vent hood and reinstall the range
Install the new vent hood, secure it with screws, connect the wiring, and switch on the power.

Check out this video from Komar Project that shows you how to install a subway backsplash like a pro.

‘How to install a subway backsplash’ by Komar Project.

How to install a stainless steel backsplash

For this project, we recommend stainless steel sheets ranging from 16 to 22 gauge. For ease of installation, measure the backsplash space and have the sheets pre-cut.

A stainless steel sheet can be purchased online (one supplier is or from a local metal shop for around $50. You’ll need to determine the dimensions, gauge, and finish of the item. For this job, a thickness of 20 or 22 gauge is ideal. To avoid denting it, handle it with care. Order a “304-#4” brushed (also known as satin or architectural) finish to match your appliances, and have the edges smoothed or deburred, so the panel doesn’t come razor sharp. The majority of stores will do this for free or at a low cost. A protective plastic coating will be applied to the panel when it arrives. Remove it only after you’ve mounted the panel on the wall.

1. Measure the sheet
Using a tape measure, determine the length of the stainless steel sheet. To build a cleat for the sheet, cut a 1-by-2-inch wood to this length with a saw. (Skip to Step 4 if you’re installing the stainless steel backsplash over a countertop).

2. Draw your lines
Place the stainless steel sheet against the wall where it will be installed. With a pencil, draw a line on the wall beneath the bottom of the sheet and set it aside

3 Secure the cleat to the wall
The top edge of the cleat should lay on the line you put on the wall. To secure the cleat to the wall, hammer a nail through the center of the board and one on each end.

4. Prepare the adhesive
Push the plunger up to hold the tube in place in a caulk gun after inserting a tube of construction glue. With a utility knife, cut the tube’s tip off.

5. Apply the adhesive
Place the stainless steel sheet on a flat surface, face down. By squeezing the caulk gun’s trigger and applying lines of the adhesive back and forth across the entire sheet, apply construction adhesive to the back.

6. Spread the adhesive
Using a putty knife, carefully spread the adhesive glue evenly over the entire panel.

7. Place the sheet
Place the stainless steel sheet against the wall, with the bottom against the cleat or the counter. Place the sheet against the wall and press it down.

8. Remove air bubbles
To remove air bubbles behind the stainless steel sheet, place a dry towel over one of the top corners and move it across the entire sheet while pressing firmly. Working from top to bottom, work from one side to the other.

9. Remove the protective film
Remove the sheet’s protective plastic. To finish the backsplash, repeat the process with additional sheets.

Check out this video from Bunnings Warehouse that shows you how to install a stainless steel backsplash.

‘How To Install A Stainless Steel Splashback’ by Bunnings Warehouse.

What is the easiest backsplash to install?

Peel-and-stick backsplash tiles, which can be found at most large hardware stores, are the easiest to install. This tile sheet material may be adhered to adhesive-friendly kitchen walls, resulting in a tile design that is simple to install even if you have no prior DIY experience.

Peel-and-stick tile sheets are also inexpensive and simple to replace, making them ideal for changing the tile color or design style in the future.

Where should your backsplash be installed?

The exact positioning and size of your backsplash depend on the size of your home, your budget, and your personal taste. These are some tips for choosing the right backsplash location for your home.

  • Place your backsplash on the wall of your kitchen near your food preparation areas.
  • Install your kitchen backsplash between the upper and lower cabinets. This creates a larger space and makes it feel more spacious.
  • A range hood backsplash should not be placed behind your refrigerator unless it is clearly visible from the rest of the kitchen. You don’t need to spend money on materials and labor for a space you won’t see.
  • Install a backsplash under your cooktop. Accent tiles can be placed behind the hood vent and cooktop to create a focal point in the kitchen. It can be messy to clean your stove because of steam, grease, and other elements. A backsplash will make it much easier to clean up.
  • Mark the end of the backsplash with your cabinets.

Should your backsplash reach the ceiling?

It’s up to the homeowner how high their kitchen backsplash should be. Most homeowners place their backsplash at the level of their upper cabinets. Some homeowners choose to extend the tile up the ceiling. This can make the kitchen seem taller and draw the eye up to the ceiling. Depending on the type of backsplash, it can make open shelves or other features stand out. The backsplash that runs to the ceiling creates a more high-end look.

Your range hood backsplash is the largest wall space in your kitchen. Make it a focal point by using it. Vertically, you could run mosaic tiles from the range up to the ceiling. A set of accent tiles could be placed above the sink. You can do something completely different in your kitchen design.

What if my upper and lower cabinets don’t align?

You have several options if your lower and upper cabinets are not aligned. While you could stop the backsplash at the end of the upper cabinets, we recommend that it be matched with the base cabinets. To connect the top and bottom of your backsplash, you can also angle or taper the tile. 

Another option is to line your backsplash with the base cabinets and then run the backsplash to the ceiling. This option is great for open-plan spaces.

For kitchen backsplash placement, the best rule is to find a natural stopping point. It could be a wall or a window. To create a unique edge for your backsplash, you can use bullnose or tile edging trim. A creative edge design could include tapering off a set of hexagon tiles.

Should you install backsplash before the rangehood?

Should you install a range hood first and tile around it, or install the tiles first and fit your range hood accordingly? This is a very common question.

We recommend you start with the backsplash. Cutting tile to fit around something in the hood will be a pain. Even if it’s a stainless steel sheet, think of how difficult, if not impossible, it would be to mount the sheet around the range hood as opposed to simply putting the backsplash on first and then the hood over it.


Range hood backsplashes must be both functional and attractive, so choose a tile style that looks excellent, resists damage, and is simple to clean. We hope you find the ideal kitchen backsplash design for your needs.

In this post, we covered what a range hood backsplash is, what they are made of, and how to select the perfect one for your kitchen.

So what do you think of our range hood backsplash guide? Did you love it? Did you hate it? What would you rate it? If you want to see more content like this, check out our full blog here. Until next time, stay safe!

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Hey there, My name is Bradley, and I've been riding fixed for over ten years. I love all the joy and pain that comes with this unique style of cycling and the passionate community that drives it. If you love fixed gear and single-speed bikes, this is the place for you.

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