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This article will cover range hood backsplashes, what they are used for and why they are important, so you can make the most out of your kitchen.

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

This article 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.

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

A range hood backsplash is a panel installed on the wall above your range or cooktop to protect it from grease and oil splashes. They also look fantastic and can add dimension and personality to your kitchen!

What is a range hood backsplash?

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

What material is backsplash available in?

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. You can broadly categorize the materials for your kitchen backsplash into the following types:

  • Subway tile backsplash
  • Ceramic or porcelain tiles backsplash
  • Stone slab backsplash
  • Stainless steel backsplash
  • Glass backsplash
  • Peel and stick tiles backsplash

Subway tile backsplash

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. Therefore, 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.

Ceramic or porcelain tile backsplash

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.

Stone slab backsplash

Are you not a fan of tile? You might be the right choice for you. The texture of the 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.

Stainless steel backsplash

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.

Glass backsplash

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. So don’t be alarmed if it won’t crack, shatter, or break easily. 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 artwork on your wall. But, again, professional installation is strongly recommended.

Peel and stick tiles backsplash

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 unsatisfied with the design or the color.

These inexpensive stick-on backsplash tiles can be found at hardware stores such as Home Depot or Amazon. Below are some options I found that you might be interested in.

How to choose the right backsplash

Every kitchen design is unique to the homeowner’s vision. Still, 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. Consider the 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 area’s design feel more cohesive, some kitchen designs have the backsplash up to the ceiling.

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

2. Consider your 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. 

For example, if you have granite counters with a lot of veining, 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. Consider your budget

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

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 protecting the walls from moisture.

4. Consider the focal

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. For example, a mosaic tile pattern or vividly colored subway tiles might give your kitchen a splash of color and energy. Mosaic tile is especially useful for creating a visually appealing focal point.

Suppose your kitchen already has one or more main areas. In that case, 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. Consider the way you cook

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 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 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.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about kitchen backsplashes.

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. Most 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 the homeowner extends their granite countertop upwards to create a granite backsplash, you’re more likely to see matching backsplashes and countertops.

What is the most popular backsplash?

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

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

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!

What type of backsplash is out of date?

Skinny backsplashes are no longer fashionable. Instead, a backsplash made of ceramic tile or glass that extends from the counter to the cabinets is much easier to clean and is more likely to catch spills and splatters.

Conclusion

Range hood backsplashes must be 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.

This post covered a range of hood backsplash, what they are made of, and how to select the perfect one for your kitchen. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • A Rangehood backsplash is a panel on the wall above your range or cooktop to protect the wall from grime, grease, and oil splashes.
  • The look of the kitchen will be enhanced with a beautiful backsplash.
  • You can broadly categorize the materials for your kitchen backsplash into four types: ceramic, porcelain, metal, glass, and ceramic.
  • When looking for a backsplash material, you have first to identify the purpose it serves in your kitchen. Some of these materials are perfect, while others may not be ideal when put together with some stains or spots that leave permanent marks or damage their quality and appearance.

So, do you have a backsplash in your kitchen? Let us know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). Also, if you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks for your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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