Favorite 5 (Affordable) Kitchen Backsplashes

Kitchens are the heart of the home in my opinion and they are one of my favorite spaces to design.  If you are anything like me, I spend about 80% of my time in our kitchen.  So for me, it has to be a space I enjoy being in.  As I always say, I love simplicity and kitchen design is no exception.  I am loving the latest trends I’m seeing out there because they really speak to my need for classic, clean and simple design.  Open shelving, hidden appliances, and great organization are all features that have been the biggest take-aways when I peruse kitchen designs.  I could write 10 blog posts surrounding kitchen design (hey, maybe that’s a good idea!), but today I am focusing on my 5 favorite (affordable) kitchen backsplashes.

When choosing a backsplash there are a few things to consider.  If you are starting your kitchen design from scratch, obviously your options are endless.  However, if you are working with existing cabinets or counter tops it’s important to look at everything as a whole.  In my own kitchen, I have a gray granite which is pretty busy looking.  In my case, a really simple backsplash is in order since something with a lot of color or pattern makes your eyes go all sorts of crazy.  The key is to have an impactful design feature, but also let the eye rest surrounding that feature.  If I had a more clean, simple counter top, I could push the envelope a bit with the backsplash.

I also like to consider the size of the space as well.  If you are working with a large kitchen (and simple counter top), a smaller patterned backsplash is a great idea and will bring interest and warmth to the space.  If your kitchen is on the smaller side and cozy as it is, the best option would be a larger tile to make the space feel bigger.  If you feel totally confused by all of these suggestions, don’t be afraid to reach out for some design services!  These considerations are what designers think about to get you the best design:)

Here are my favorite 5 affordable backsplashes right now:

#1.  Classic Subway Tile

Image Source: Mullet Cabinets via Decor Pad

The options are endless!  Color of tile, ceramic, glass, color of grout and style of install are all reasons this tile is a win.  It’s a classic style that can be customized to your personal preference.  This classic white ceramic 3″ x 6″ subway tile is $1.76/sq foot at Home Depot and has many other variations on websites such as Wayfair.

#2.  Herringbone Mosaic Tile

Image Sources:  HGTV Magazine

Herringbone is another classic pattern that will never go out of style.  The photos above are likely individual subway tiles laid in a herringbone pattern, however, there are sheets of smaller tile available.  The mosaic sheets are a bit pricier but they cover 12″ X 12″ of space which can make the job go quicker!  Check out this herringbone mosaic from Home Depot.  At $11 per sq/ft it’s a great price when compared to some other options at tile specialty stores.

#3.  Arabesque Tile

Image Sources:  Home Depot

Arabesque is another pattern that I never tire of.  I love that it has soft edges which is a nice contrast to all the hard edges in a kitchen.  It can look busy depending on your other finishes, however, there are so many color options that make this style really versatile.  Of course the marble option is my favorite!

#4.  Brick

Image Source:  Decor Gold Designs

Image Source:  Home Depot

I love the look of exposed brick (when the brick looks a bit vintage).  This could look really great in the right kitchen.  In the first photo, real bricks were used and cut down.  That’s definitely a great option, but labor intensive.  I have seen brick veneer in tile specialty stores that look beautiful.  Home Depot comes through again for a great option in the 2nd photo.  The Abbey Brick in 2″ X 10″ is only $4.99 sq/ft.

#5.  Moroccan Fish Scales (Fan Shape)

Image Source:  House Beautiful website via Decor Pad

Can I just stop and say I am in complete awe of this kitchen by the designers at Urban Grace?  The colors are amazing and as you might imagine it’s a home near the water!  This kitchen shows that if you want to skip the white kitchen trend, this is the way to do it!  Like the other tiles I mentioned, fish scale (or fan shape) comes in too many colors and materials to count!  The soft edges are perfect paired with all the hard edges in the kitchen.  Mercury Mosaics and Tarbaka Studio have some amazing options regarding size and color, but might be pricey for a kitchen on a budget.

Image Source:  Marble Online

I was able to find this honed Carrara marble option at Marble Online for only $14.99/sheet!

I hope this helps anyone planning some home renovations!  I offer a la carte design services so please feel free to reach out for design advice if all of these decisions are too overwhelming.

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  1. Amy

    I have never seen the fan tiles before and LOVE them!! Thank you, Sarah, for sharing this options. Hopefully, I will be able to replace all of my white laminate kitchen wall coverings in the future . For now, the bathrooms are most troubled! Looking forward to ideas for those 🙂

    • sarahe5067

      I love these tiles! Would love to help someday! The fan tiles can be used in bathrooms too!! In fact, I think they are terrific in bathrooms!

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