When it comes to kitchen renovations, there are easily about 7,000 decisions you'll need to make (give or take), and those decisions may not always feel clear or simple — especially when it comes to balancing form and function. That's what makes incorporating a stove backsplash into your kitchen design so great: It's practical and beautiful to boot.
From a functional standpoint, a stove backsplash makes cleanup easy — oils and sauces that spatter the wall can be quickly wiped down, as opposed to absorbing into paint or drywall. When it comes to selecting a material for your kitchen backsplash idea, the options are broad. There's everything from brick to ceramic tile to marble and more. Oftentimes the style of your cook space will inspire your material selection, be it traditional, boho, modern, or rustic. Ahead, we're sharing 11 stove backsplash ideas that are sure to get your wheels turning.
1. Add personality to a neutral kitchen.
While this kitchen is mainly neutral with black cabinets and a simple, off-white backsplash, the colorful ceramic wall tile behind the cooktop adds a dose of personality and playfulness. To recreate this look, keep the rest of your culinary elements sleek and modern, allowing the stove backsplash to take center stage.
Get the look: SomerTile Mondo Ceramic Wall Tile, $79.39 per 25 tiles
2. Blend budget and luxury materials.
At first glance, you might think that this gorgeous modern kitchen designed by Studio McGee sticks with classic subway tile as a stove backsplash. But if you look closer, you'll see that just below the tile they also added a short marble backsplash with a ledge for everyday utensils and cooking oils. To bring this idea into your own space, mix high and low materials fdor a space that feels approachable but luxurious.
3. Mix and match.
Cement tile has certainly grown in popularity over the last few years, but this patchwork style stove backsplash in Holly Nolan's home feels refreshingly new. To recreate, keep the rest of your cook space backsplash free, and add a waterfall butcher block countertop for extra warmth.
Get the look: Cement Tile Shop Patchwork Collection, $7.40 per piece
4. Use the whole wall.
A stove backsplash doesn't mean that you can't venture beyond the range. In this case, HW Interiors takes the backsplash across the width and height of the wall to make an even greater statement. Pro tip: Balance a luxurious marble island with more casual blue accents to create a relaxed, coastal vibe.
5. Add warmth with a mosaic pattern.
The mosaic tile stove backsplash in this modern kitchen adds pattern and texture to an otherwise sleek and minimal space. To complement the warmth of the marble tile, follow the lead of Yocheved Hellman of Green Door Design Group and pair with wood cabinets and accents throughout.
6. Keep it simple.
This kitchen backsplash idea by Jordan Design Build Group is a prime example of when less is more. Rather than adding bold contrast with an accent tile, try simply changing the orientation of the tile behind the range. Here, they've mixed a standard brick-lay pattern with a modern herringbone pattern for a subtle statement.
Get the look: Manchester Bianco 3x12, $5.50 per square foot
7. Create depth in an all-white space.
All-white kitchens continue to be a classic design choice, but that doesn't mean that they should be boring. This kitchen by Northland Design and Build uses a tone-on-tone style by layering in a marble arabesque stove backsplash with just enough color variation to add depth.
Get the look: Abernathy Marble Tile, $59.95 per square foot
8. Break up a bold pattern.
Ocotillo Contracting and Design shows off a unique choice with this kitchen backsplash idea, opting to use a bolder tile on the surrounding kitchen walls while keeping the stove backsplash simple with white, herringbone subway tile. White cabinets and black hardware tie in the black and white pattern, while a traditional accent rug adds color and texture.
Get the look: Cement Tile Tulum Tile, $6.90 per piece
9. Add height.
If you want to keep the tile style and orientation consistent but still want to create a statement wall behind the range, look no further than this this stove backsplash from Annabode. Simply add a wood shelf and simple wood trim to create a polished final look as you expand the honeycomb tile up to the ceiling.
Get the look: Merola Tile Metro Hex Tile, $5.97 per square foot
10. Bring eclectic flair to a traditional kitchen.
This kitchen, designed by Ginny Macdonald for Emily Henderson Design, is a prime example of a stove backsplash totally transforming the heart of your home. The otherwise traditional navy and white space gets a dose of distinct style thanks to patterned tile that ties in the modern black hardware.
Get the look: Cement Tile Shop Atlanta, $82.80 per box
11. Create an enclave.
This striking kitchen design by 3 Lights Design pairs two complementary tiles from Ann Sacks for a collected, layered look. A bold tile showcased inside an enclave — to hold commonly used spices — not only adds an interesting visual element, but also makes this cooking area far more functional.
Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.