How High Should Kitchen Backsplash Be? – What is the Right Height?

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Scandinavian Kitchen with Two-tone Cabinets and Gray Backsplash

Another great example of how a backsplash that covers the entire wall space between the cabinets can create a sleek and modern appeal. In this Scandinavian kitchen, the two-tone cabinets anchor the space, providing a well-balanced look. Between them, the modern gray backsplash tiles laid in horizontally add a nice textural look without overwhelming. The gray countertops seamlessly blend with the tiles while the waterfall edges of the kitchen island enhance the modern aesthetic.

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How High Should Mabrle Kitchen Backsplash Be?

Nestled in the corner, this transitional kitchen offers the best of both worlds by dividing its volume into two via gray and white shades! The gray base cabinets provide a sleek and elegant foundation for space. For the upper parts, the white color surrounds the cabinet surfaces, bringing a bright and airy feel. Between them, the full-height backsplash creates a timeless backdrop. These modern marble tiles laid vertically also serve as a bridge between the gray and white cabinets. The stainless steel appliances, undermount kitchen sink, and the cabinet hardware are the elements that enhance the contemporary aesthetic.

How High Should Kitchen Backsplash Be?

When designing or renovating a kitchen, from cabinets to hardware there are plenty of different items that you need to choose. A backsplash is one of the most important elements that affect the overall look. Not only for a functional aspect but a backsplash also can make a big impact on the overall aesthetic. That is why choosing the right one is important for your design. And when it comes to choosing a backsplash, the height of the backsplash is one of the most important consideration points. So, how high should the kitchen backsplash be?

Kitchen Backsplash Height Options: Standard vs Full-height

A backsplash can be just a few inches high from the countertop or it can extend to the ceiling. But, what is the right height for your kitchen? To find answers to these questions, we prepared a guide that includes different height options of backsplash designs that you need to consider before purchasing!

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All-white Kitchen with Full-Height Backsplash

If you are designing an all-white kitchen, you need to pay attention to small details that can make a huge difference in the overall look. In this transitional kitchen, the white color dominates the space through the cabinets, countertops, and backsplash tiles. While the white shaker cabinets and quartz countertops create a timeless elegance, the white full-height backsplash enhances visual interest with its glossy finish and diamond pattern. At the center, the black kitchen island topped with a white countertop brings depth to the space by creating contrast. For the floor level, the wooden parquet adds much-needed warmth.

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What is the best material for a kitchen backsplash?

When it comes to kitchen backsplashes, there are plenty of different material options. And when deciding, you need to consider the pros and cons of the materials and your budget! Ceramics, porcelain, glass, metal and natural stone are the most popular material options for kitchen backsplashes.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are more affordable options but they come in a wide range of color, pattern, texture and shape options. So, you can find a backsplash that suits your taste between them. On the other hand, glass tile backsplashes provide durability and are easy to clean surfaces. They are pricier than ceramic or porcelain but with their glamorous appeal, a glass tile backsplash can be a perfect addition to your kitchen.

If you want to opt for extreme durability then the metal will be perfect for you. You can find a metal backsplash in both tile and sheet forms. Metal backsplashes are much pricier than other options but there is nothing that can beat their durability. Natural stones are one of the most popular backsplash materials. From rough textured ones to luxurious ones, they come in a wide array of materials.

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Dark Wood Cabinets with White Quartz Countertops

Even though the classic height of a kitchen backsplash is 4 inches, it might not be very suitable in modern designs. That’s why, covering the entire wall space between the countertops and upper cabinets is a great way to create both aesthetically beautiful and functional wall covering. In this contemporary kitchen remodel, for instance, the glass and metal mosaic tile backsplash fills the wall space between the dark brown cabinets and white quartz countertops. Adorned by a puzzle-like layout, these mosaic tiles act as a piece of art and enhance visual interest. The brass cabinet hardware perfectly complements the glamorous appeal of the tiles while the white countertops enlighten the atmosphere.

What is the Purpose of Backsplash?

The main purpose of a backsplash is functional. It needs to protect the kitchen walls between the cabinets and countertop against water or food damage. These spills can cause mold to grow and unhygienic surfaces. Also, a backsplash provides easier-to-clean surfaces. So, we are highly recommended to have a backsplash in your kitchen.

However, it is more than that. A backsplash is also a decorative element that can create visually pleasing appeals. Today, kitchen backsplashes come in an endless array of materials, colors, shapes, styles, and patterns. This wide variety allows you to find a backsplash that suits your taste.

From countertop extensions to eye-catching natural stones, there are several different alternatives. But, before deciding on the perfect material, you need to decide the height of your backsplash. The height of the backsplash will define the visual impact of your tiles. Don’t forget to keep the functional purpose of the backsplash in the back of your mind when deciding! Also, if you need some inspiration on how high should kitchen backsplash be, you can check out our stunning tile designs!

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Marble Chevron Backsplash Tiles with White Shaker Cabinets

If you are looking for a timeless color combination, gray and white will never let you down. And to catch this elegance, nothing beats the sophistication of a marble stone! The white shaker cabinets are paired with gray marble kitchen countertops and marble chevron mosaic tile backsplash. The black cabinet hardware slightly punctuates the cabinets while the wood floating shelves bring warmth to the atmosphere.

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Where should my backsplash end?

There is no certain rule for the height of the backsplash. However, for proper protection, a backsplash needs to cover the area at least between the countertop and upper cabinets.

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Gray and White Cabinets with White Quartz Countertops

This l-shaped kitchen is built with a gray and white color palette that gives the kitchen extra charm and allure. The white wall cabinets, countertops, and backsplash provide a bright and spacious atmosphere while the gray lower cabinets bring depth and contrast to the space. The glass and marble mosaic tile backsplash and the marble floor tiles add a nice textural look that enhances the visual interest. The glass-fronted upper cabinets also support them, while the dominant white scheme expands the impact of lights.

Does the backsplash go behind the range?

Because the wall area behind the range is the most affected by the water and grease, adding a backsplash behind the range will provide water and a fireproof surface. Tiles are resistant to heat and flames, making them a perfect choice for behind-the-range. Also, they provide easy-to-clean surfaces that can easily wipe off the grease.

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Full-height Kitchen Backsplash with White Shaker Cabinets

Even though you have an all-white monochromatic scheme, you can spice up its look easily with a few touches and a backsplash is one of the easiest ways to achieve this goal! This transitional kitchen, for example, goes with a marble flower mosaic backsplash that adds a delicate texture. The crisp white color and the plain appeal of the shaker cabinets allow the backsplash tiles to stand out even more. The paneled range hood perfectly completes the clean look of the cabinetry while the brass accents make a cohesive final touch with a dose of sparkle.

What is the Right Backsplash Height?

The backsplash is an essential element for kitchens but how high should kitchen backsplash be? The right backsplash height depends on your kitchen. It can be a standard 4-inch backsplash or a wall tile that covers the area between the countertop and upper cabinets. You can even lay your tiles until the ceiling! There are pros and cons to these different options and before deciding on your backsplash, it is important to explore your options. So, there are plenty of decisions that you need to consider.

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Gray and White Kitchen Cabinetry with Stainless Steel Appliances

Here we have another traditional kitchen with an achromatic color scheme finished with soft and clean lines. Just like the other examples, this kitchen also uses gray and white cabinets with white countertops! Since this combination offers a classic yet stylish appeal, a modern backsplash is a great addition to enhance the overall look. The white glass picket tile backsplash with its marble look textures adds a touch of opulence to the space, without breaking the light and airy feel.

How much space should be left between the backsplash and the countertop?

You need to leave approximately 1/8 inches gap between the backsplash and countertop as an expansion joint.

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Modern Industrial Kitchen with Black Cabinets and Countertops

If you want to use floating shelves instead of upper cabinets but don’t want to cover the entire wall space with tiles, you can use the tiles for the area between the shelves and countertops. As you can see in this modern industrial kitchen, the textured glass mosaic tile backsplash creates a striking focal point in this area. The black cabinets and countertops perfectly complement the dramatic appeal of these glass mosaic tiles. For the upper parts, the gray wall paint completes the sophisticated color scheme and provides a versatile backdrop.

What do you put between the backsplash and countertop?

Grout is a perfect material for the gap between the tiles but it is a porous material and it is not good for the area between the backsplash and countertop. That’s why you need to caulk this area instead of grout. You can easily find a caulk and caulk gun from your local home improvement store.

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How High Should Glass Kitchen Backsplash Be?

There is no doubt that glass tiles have an undeniable charm. Even though we have seen patterns like subway, chevron, herringbone, or hexagon for glass tiles, this glass backsplash with its long and slim shape redefines the rules of modern aesthetics. With their glossy and textured finish, these tiles shine like a diamond, bringing an open and airy feel. Below, the white kitchen cabinets with diamond patterns add another layer of texture. To punctuate the tiles even more, gray wall paint is used.

Standard Height Backsplash

The traditional height of a backsplash is 4 inches. It is mostly created using the same stone material as the countertops such as marble, granite, or quartz. It also can be made with tiles as well.

Pros
  • The biggest advantage of a 4-inch backsplash is its budget-friendly prices. Because you are using fewer materials and don’t require the same amount of labor, a 4-inch backsplash will cost much less than a full-height backsplash. So, if you are on a budget, it might be a better option for you.
  • If you have a concern about this height but you are working on a budget, you can pick the height. Standard backsplash height is 4 inches, however, you can make them taller by 8 or even 10 inches.
  • Standard backsplashes require less material so, they are more eco-friendly. Also, because you’ll have less material, these backsplashes are easier to repair or replace. And, you can easily clean them with warm water, dish soap, and a soft sponge.
Cons
  • The biggest downside of these backsplashes is that they cover less wall space. That means your walls become more vulnerable to water and food damage during cooking. So, it might be a better option to add a full-height backsplash behind the stove. This way you can keep the cost low and provide more protection where you need it most.
  • On the other hand, the other problem with a 4-inch backsplash is its a bit outdated look. Though it is still a popular option for many homeowners, if you want to create a more modern and trendy look for your kitchen, it is better to opt for a full-height backsplash.
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Rustic Kitchen with Natural Wood Cabinets and Granite Countertops

In today’s market, backsplash tiles come in a wide variety of materials, colors, forms, and pattern options. Among all these different alternatives, it might be hard to find the best one that suits your taste. But what about using different types of materials together? In this rustic kitchen, for instance, three different materials are used as a kitchen backsplash. To start with, the 4-inch granite backsplash serves as an extension of the countertop to create a continuous look. This beige granite backsplash and countertops complement the warm appeal of the wood cabinets perfectly. For the upper parts, white subway tiles fill the wall space, enlightening the atmosphere. The last material is a rustic slate tile that is used for the area behind the stove. With their earthy colors and rough textures, these tiles create an accent wall.

Design tip: Since 4-inch slab backsplashes are prone to splashes or spills, you can cover the rest of the wall space with tiles.

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Gray Shaker Cabinets with Brass Hardware and White Countertops

Designed to be practical and comfortable, this monochromatic transitional kitchen consists of gray shaker cabinets, white countertops, and light gray backsplash. The brass handles and plumbing fixtures add a sense of glow to make the shakers look more stylish while the modern porcelain backsplash tiles with white grout provide a sleek and clean backdrop.

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4-inch Height Kitchen Backsplash with White Farmhouse Sink

If you have a small gap between the window and countertops, a 4-inch backsplash might be a great addition to this area. As you can see in this kitchen, the marble subway tiles flawlessly fill the narrow wall space, serving both functional and aesthetic benefits. The white shaker cabinets and white quartz countertops are the perfect choice to complement the timeless elegance of marble stone. And of course, this white farmhouse sink is a statement piece that creates a focal point.

Full Height Backsplash

A full-height backsplash is one that covers the wall area between the countertop and upper cabinets which runs between 15 and 18 inches tall or reaches all the way up to the ceiling. It typically features any of a variety of backsplash tiles or the same slab as the countertops. These backsplashes cover the drywall completely and provide a sleek backdrop for kitchens. From classic white subway tiles to luxurious stone slabs, you can find endless alternatives and full-height backsplashes can be the star of your kitchen!

Pros
  • The biggest advantage of a full-height backsplash is its striking beauty. Whether it is a glass mosaic tile or a stone slab, you can create a focal point with a full-height backsplash and instantly elevate your overall aesthetic. Also, these backsplashes offer a more modern and trendy look.
  • Besides its beautiful appeal, a full-height backsplash fully covers the walls behind the cabinets. That means it provides more protection than 4-inch backsplashes. Even if you think that you can control the damages, at some point, your walls can be affected by water or grease. And a 4-inch backsplash can not be as protective as a full-height backsplash. So, whether it is a 15-inches tall which covers between the countertop and cabinets, or reaches until the ceiling, if you want more protection, going with a full-height placement will be the best option.
  • Also, ceramic, stone, glass, porcelain, or engineered stone backsplashes provide easy-to-clean surfaces than walls. You can simply wipe down your backsplash after cooking to maintain the beautiful look.
Cons
  • If you are installing a full-height backsplash that reaches the ceiling, it might be more difficult to reach to clean the upper parts of the wall. But you can solve this problem with a ladder.

The biggest downside of a full-height backsplash is its cost because you will have to buy more material to cover the walls. Besides the material, labor costs will also increase due to more time. But, if you can afford it, this investment is definitely worth it!

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Modern Full-height Kitchen Backsplash with Gray Cabinets and Wood Shelves

Playing with natural light, this Scandinavian kitchen is well-appointed with a gray-and-white color scheme. The gray cabinets occupy a large portion of the space, forming an L-shape for a solid base. The modern gray porcelain backsplash tiles reach through the ceiling and characterize the walls with a sleek and elegant appeal. The vertically stacked layout of the tiles enhances the modern aesthetic. The black cabinet hardware slightly punctuates the cabinets while the white countertops enlighten the atmosphere. The wood floating shelves break the gray and white scheme, adding warmth.

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Black and White Backsplash with Black Cabinets and Countertops

Just like the kitchens, wet bars also need a backsplash to protect the walls against the splashes. In this contemporary home bar, the black and white mosaic tile backsplash covers the entire wall space, creating an accent wall. Below, the black cabinets, countertops, and a floating shelf perfectly complement the modern style of the backsplash. The stainless steel mini fridge and beverage cooler maximize the functionality.

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Conclusion

Choosing the height of your backsplash is as important as the material of your tiles. So, you need to consider the height options before purchasing. If you are working on a small budget, you can go with a standard-height backsplash. If you want to create a more streamlined look and more protection for the walls, it is better to opt for a full-height backsplash. On the other hand, you can combine these options and find a balance. The most important area of a backsplash is behind the stove which is heavily used. That’s why it might be a good way to spend more money in that area.

Among all the alternatives, choosing the right backsplash might be overwhelming. At Backsplash Inc., we offer a wide range of backsplash material options that can be a perfect addition to your design project. For more kitchen design inspiration, check out our online designer tool, to help you envision your new backsplash!

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Standard Height Kitchen Backsplash for White Color Scheme

Needless to say, white subway tiles are one of the most popular backsplash materials, if you want to keep it simple and create a fail-safe option. With their simple rectangular shape, these tiles can easily work with any design, and this transitional kitchen is no exception! Here, the white glass subway backsplash is paired with white shaker-style cabinets and white Silestone quartz countertops. This combination is literally the testament of time. The brass cabinet knobs are the only elements that break the white dominance and add much-needed warmth to the space.

How much does it cost to install a backsplash?

The installation of a backsplash depends on the space and the size of your project. Also, backsplash materials have different price tags. On average, you may expect to pay between $900 to $2500.

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Rustic Kitchen with Full-Height Chevron Backsplash Tiles

Giving a rustic appeal, this kitchen is awash with natural elements and an earthy color palette! To start with, the natural wood cabinets provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With their rich stains, these cabinets give birth to a functional, warm, and classical look defined by modern finishes. The slate chevron tile backsplash flawlessly completes this rustic flair while the gray granite countertops add a touch of luxury. The stainless steel appliances and glass pendant lights make a cohesive final touch!

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Off-white Cabinets with Picket Mosaic Tiles

If you want to modernize your off-white kitchen cabinets, geometrical backsplash tiles can easily make this modern spin! In this transitional kitchen, the raised-panel cabinets and paneled appliances anchor the space, enhancing the traditional aesthetic. While the gray granite countertops perfectly complement these classic lines, the addition of the white glass picket mosaic tile backsplash brings a modern flair. The Calacatta gold marble-like veins of these white glass tiles add a touch of opulence to the space. These tiles also reach through the ceiling to create a sleek backdrop.

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