35+ Natural Stone Backsplash
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Black and White Scandinavian Kitchen with Soapstone Countertop and Backsplash
Matching the soapstone backsplash and countertop is the most popular approach for this material. This black and white kitchen offers a stylish and timeless appeal! Simple white cabinetry paired with an oiled soapstone countertop and backsplash creates a clean backdrop while the black kitchen island stands out in front of the white cabinetry. The natural veinings of the natural stone backsplash add a nice texture. The black oversized pendant light highlights the kitchen island while the wood counter chairs make a warm touch with their natural look.
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Two-tone White and Wood Cabinetry with Granite Accents
All cabinets are white and there is a focus design element which is made by stunning brown and grey granite backsplash and countertops. Elegant island chairs add a chic aspect to the design of the kitchen. The brown backsplash and countertops create a perfect contrast with the white shaker cabinets and the brown island keeps that contrast. Grey floors and brown granite matches nicely with the help of grey patterns of the granite.
Natural Stone Backsplash
The backsplash market is an endless world. From classic ceramic subway tiles to metal sheets, there are plenty of different materials that you can use as a backsplash for your cooking space. Between all these materials, it might be overwhelming to find the right backsplash according to your taste. However, if you are looking for a beautiful and timeless appeal, you can’t go wrong with a natural stone backsplash. As the name suggests, these are natural materials that are quarried from various places of the world. From rough textured stones to, sleek and luxurious ones, a natural stone backsplash comes in a wide range of material options and each of them has different aspects and appearances. If you want to learn more about these materials, scroll down and check our gallery with inspirational stone backsplash ideas!
As in the past, natural stones are a popular design element for interior design projects and kitchen backsplash is one of the most common areas of usage. Whether it is a luxurious marble slab or organic slate stone, a natural stone backsplash can easily add a ton of character to kitchens. Also, the wide range of material, color, texture, and pattern options allows natural stones to be used in kitchens of many different styles. Yes, their appeals are effortlessly beautiful, but you may concern about the maintenance of the stone backsplash. Because they are natural materials, they have porous surfaces and need to be continually sealed. Don’t let that scare you, with the right approach and a little bit of maintenance, these backsplashes offer endless charm and elegance!
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Contemporary Kitchen With Natural Stone Backsplash and Countertops
Using natural stones in a solid slab form is a perfect way to create a sleek backdrop for kitchens! The luxurious sense of the marble dominates this contemporary kitchen! The full-height marble slab backsplash serves a sleek and textural appeal while the marble countertops emphasize the impact of this natural stone in the room. The unique black paneling of the cabinets and the range hood completes the elegance of the marble!
Natural Stone Mosaic Tiles
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White Kitchen Cabinets with Black Stone Slabs
If you want to emphasize your backsplash, use it in a contrasting color against your cabinets! In this beach-style kitchen, the black stone slab backsplash stands out between the white shaker-style cabinets and creates a striking focal point. The same stone material is also used on the countertop of the perimeter cabinets to create a continuous look. The gold details like the hardware, stools and the inner sides of the pendant lights complement the gold veining of the black backsplash.
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White Beach Style Kitchen with Wood Island and Rattan Chairs
Natural stones also can be used in tile form. They are more affordable than slabs and are perfect to add a textural look! Here, the marble subway tile backsplash brings a dose of luxury to the beach-style kitchen with white cabinets and a wood kitchen island. The white Caesarstone quartz countertops complete this luxurious sense. Also, natural textures bring warmth to the atmosphere.
How to install a natural stone backsplash?
For the natural stone backsplash installation, you need a sander, sponge, painter’s tape, pencil, thin-set mortar, notched trowel, spacers, level, tape measure, wet saw, grout float, non sanded grout, grout sealer, caulk, and caulk gun. Before the installation, you need to clean and sand the backsplash to create a smooth surface. Then, define the boundaries with a painter’s tape.
If you are working with natural stone tiles, first lay the tiles on the counter and define the layout. This way you can find which pieces are needed to cut and avoid unmatching pieces. If you need to cut the tiles, use a wet saw with a diamond blade to prevent cracking.
Once the preparation is done, apply the thin-set mortar with a notched trowel in small sections and start to lay the tiles on the mortar. Place the spacers between the tiles to secure them and do these steps until cover all surfaces and wait at least overnight to set the tiles in place. Then, remove the spacers, if you are using a sealant, you can do so after the tiles have fully dried. Apply the grout with a grout trowel by using 45 angle motions and wait until the grout dries. Once, the grout is dried, clean the tile surfaces with a cloth to remove the haze. And for a final step, caulk the area where the backsplash meets with the counter to reduce staining.
If you are using solid slab stones, the procedure will be the same with the tiles but you will attach one piece instead of many small tiles. Because slab backsplashes are heavy materials especially natural stones, you need to use a strong backer material that is screwed into the studs because the backer holds the adhesive so much better.
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Natural Stone Backsplash and Island with Black Kitchen Cabinets
Dark, sleek, and elegant! This contemporary kitchen offers a sophisticated look with its modern black kitchen cabinets, brown onyx backsplash, and kitchen island. The bookmatched onyx kitchen island is the game-changer, and the onyx backsplash creates a continuous look with the island and emphasizes the onyx’s impact. The onyx slabs make a luxurious twist against the modern look of the black flat-panel cabinets which offers a sleek look.
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Black Flat-panel Cabinetry with Bookmatched Slabs
Bookmatching is one of the most prevalent techniques for natural stones. The open book impression and the symmetrical appearance of the bookmatched stones serve as a work of art and make a statement! In this contemporary kitchen, the bookmatched backsplash creates a visual feast between the black cabinets! The simple and sleek appeal of the black cabinetry allows the backsplash to be the centerpiece of the design!
Marble Mosaic Tiles
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Black Hexagon Wall Tiles with Wood Open Shelving
This concrete kitchen island is definitely a statement maker! Thanks to its sculptural shape, the island acts as a piece of art and elevates this contemporary kitchen design. White cabinets, black hexagon backsplash, and open shelving create a sleek backdrop while gray countertop and pendant lights complement the kitchen island. The white veining of the black tiles adds a nice texture. Wood open shelves allow the black backsplash to stand out.
Different Materials of Natural Stone
Natural stones are beautiful, but which one is the best for your kitchen? From luxurious marble and granites to organic travertine or slate stones, natural stone backsplashes come in a variety of material options. Each of them has different aspects and different looks. Before deciding the material, you need to consider all these aspects. That way you can find the right material. Keep reading and find different material alternatives!
There is something about the marble that will never go out of style! No matter where you are, it can instantly elevate the room. This naturally beautiful stone is one of the most popular natural stone backsplash materials for many homeowners and interior designers and with its beautiful veinings and flecks, marble exudes luxury and elegance. According to its color and style, it can look both modern and traditional. Also, from giant slabs to tiny tiles, marble backsplash can be used in different forms but whatever it is, these backsplashes are statement makers! Marble has a high price tag than other natural stones. It comes in a variety of different colors, patterns, and finishes, so it has a wide range of costs. Some of the marble colors like Calacatta Gold might be much more pricer than other ones.
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Monochrome Contemporary Kitchen Design with Natural Stone Backsplash
This contemporary kitchen offers a space that was as functional as it was beautiful! The dark gray kitchen island stands out between the white cabinets and white marble slabs. The handleless design of the shaker cabinetry modernizes the traditional style of the cabinets. The shiplap wall and ceiling paneling above the white upper cabinets make the space feel higher with its vertical placement. The marble backsplash and countertops complete the timeless appeal of the monochrome design.
Slate Mosaic Tiles
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White Cabinets with Natural Stone Backsplash and Wood Flooring
This bright kitchen design serves the traditional elements with modern touches. The white shaker cabinets, gray countertops, and chrome hardware provide a classic traditional look while the marble subway tile backsplash makes a modern touch and adds a textural layer. The light wood flooring breaks the monochrome color scheme and brings warmth to the atmosphere.
How to cut natural stone backsplash?
Unlike the ceramic or porcelain tiles, you need a more specialized tool than a tile cutter to cut the natural stone backsplash. When it comes to natural stones, to prevent cracking, you need to use a wet saw with a diamond blade.
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Beach Style White Kitchen with Marble Backsplash and Countertop Slabs
If you want to emphasize the natural stone that you will use on the backsplash and countertops, using other features in one color, especially in white, will be a great way to make the natural stone be the centerpiece. In this white kitchen design, the gray marble slabs directly pull the attention and make a luxurious touch to the modern appeal of the cabinetry. The brass hardware and lighting fixture complement this luxe vibe while wood herringbone flooring provides a nice textural base.
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White Beadboard Cabinets with Black Accents
This kitchen is a perfect blend of modern style and luxurious details. The gray marble backsplash and the range hood create a focal point between the white cabinets with black hardware. The marble countertops create a continuous look with the backsplash. The beadboard door style of the white cabinets adds another layer of texture.
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Transitional Kitchen with Light Wood Cabinetry and Natural Stone Backsplash
The warm sense of the light wood cabinets dominates the space and offers a welcoming and elegant look for this transitional kitchen. This beautiful appeal is balanced with the bright white marble backsplash and countertops to add a fresh look. Also, the brass hardware perfectly completes the warm appeal of the wood cabinets and offers a seamless design.
Travertine is a form of limestone which has an understated and sophisticated appeal. This natural stone comes in different colors such as cream, red, gray, white, and brown. So, whether you are looking for a refined look to pair your granite countertops or make a rustic touch to your white cabinetry, with its soft and warm appeal, a travertine backsplash can be a stunning addition to any kitchen! The average cost of a travertine tile backsplash is between $20 – $40 per square foot.
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Traditional Kitchen with Travertine Backsplash and Black Countertops
This beautiful kitchen serves the classic beauty of traditional style! The off-white kitchen cabinets are paired with black countertops, beige travertine backsplash, and rubbed oil bronze hardware. The black countertops and hardware create a contrasting look with the other features and complete the traditional style.
How to grout natural stone backsplash?
Grouting natural stones require more special care than other materials. Because of their porous surface, natural stones need to be sealed before applying the grout. Once all the sealant is dried, place, prepare the grout mix according to the manufacturer’s direction. Apply the grout with a grout float by using at a 45-degree angle. Sweep it diagonally across the grout lines and make sure all the blanks are filled with the grout. Wait 10 minutes and wipe the tile surfaces with a damp cloth to remove the haze. After overnight, wipe the surface with a dry cloth and apply a grout sealer.
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Off White Raised Panel Cabinetry with Wood Island and Granite Countertop
To create a friendly and warm environment, you can go for natural materials, such as wooden surfaces and natural stone materials. In this kitchen, the harmony of the counters with the honed travertine backsplash, which gives a natural touch to the white kitchen cabinets, creates a wonderful unity.
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White Shaker Cabinets with Rubbed Oil Bronze Hardware
The navy blue island that has wood countertops creates a perfect harmony with the white features. The charming look comes from the contrast of the light and dark colors. An elegant and stylish view is created with the help of lovely shaker cabinets. Stainless steel appliances and handless team up together. Ivory travertine backsplash and white kitchen cabinets create harmony with the granite and wood countertops.
Soapstone is a durable and affordable material that gains its popularity in the 1800s. Thanks to its beautiful and natural veining which looks artful, this natural stone material is a popular option for kitchens. Generally, soapstone has been used for countertops but it can also be a perfect option for a backsplash. Also, unlike marble, granite, or travertine, soapstone is a non-porous natural stone that is naturally sealed. That means you don’t have to worry about staining and you can maintain its beautiful appeal for a long period without requiring sealing. The other important advantage of this stone is that has a soft nature which makes it a durable material. The average cost of a soapstone backsplash is between $45 and $85 per square foot.
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Unique Kitchen Design with Glamorous Details
Little details can make big differences! In this stylish kitchen design, the brass hardware and the black soapstone slabs make a luxurious touch to the off-white cabinets and elevate the overall look. At the end of the backsplash, a black floating shelf is placed to display some kitchenware. This kitchenware bring the kitchen to the life!
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Black Contemporary Kitchen with Gold Shelves and Island
If you want to add glam to your black kitchen, there is no better option than gold! In this eye-catching kitchen design, the modern black kitchen cabinets, black natural stone backsplash, and countertop serve s sophisticated appeal while the gold details like the floating shelves and the island complete the elegant look of the black. The glass pendant lights perfectly complement the gold details.
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Custom White Cabinetry with Natural Stone Backsplash and Wood Island
This beautiful traditional kitchen features white cabinets with gorgeous soapstone countertops and backsplash along with a large custom wood island. The strong contrast between the white and black serves a timeless appeal while the wooden textures soften this sharp contrast.
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White Kitchen with Brown Soapstone Backsplash
Just like black, brown is also a common color option for soapstone backsplash. Brown soapstone also has a striking appeal but with a warm feel. Here, the brown natural sone backsplash creates a striking focal point between the white cabinets and white countertop while complementing the warm feel of the wood flooring.
If you are looking to add some organic warmth to your kitchen, you can consider a slate backsplash. Slate is a metamorphic rock, and it’s composed mostly of minerals that provide a durable surface for kitchen walls. The nature-looking ambient of a slate backsplash offers a timeless appeal for kitchens. This natural stone comes in a variety of colors from grey tones, green, red, black, and more earthy colors like beige, and brown. This wide range of variety allows you to match a slate backsplash with pretty much any kitchen style. Also, slate is an affordable material which the average cost is between $5 – $10 per square foot.
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Contemporary Home bar with Slate Backsplash
The beautiful rough texture of the exposed stacked stone backsplash adds a bunch of character to this contemporary home bar with wooden cabinets, floating shelves, gray countertop, stainless steel bar, and leather counter chairs. Clever layout, high-quality materials, and different patterns offer a stylish and functional entertaining space for gatherings.
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Black Full-height Natural Stone Backsplash with Light Wood Cabinets
This contemporary kitchen perfectly gives the natural sense with its neutral color scheme. The black slate backsplash creates a contrasting look with the light wood cabinets and white countertops while complementing the nature of the wood. The stainless steel appliances finalize the design.
Granite is a natural stone that is commonly used for kitchen countertops. However, you can also use granite on your kitchen backsplashes. Besides its undeniably beautiful visual impact, granite is one of the most durable materials among the other natural stones. With its wide range of color and texture options, you can incorporate a granite backsplash into different styled or colored kitchens! You may expect to pay around $35-$50 per square foot for a granite backsplash.
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Neutral Kitchen with Granite Countertops and Backsplash
The soft color palette of this transitional kitchen offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The beige granite countertops and backsplash complete the creamy look of the off-white kitchen cabinets while the wood kitchen island completes the neutral color palette. The brass hardware adds a dose of sparkle.
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Off White Cabinets with Beige Natural Stone Backsplash
There is a magnificent unity in this transitional kitchen, which has a completely plain and minimalistic look. White kitchen cabinets and marble countertops are a perfect match in this simple kitchen. The soft atmosphere coming from this kitchen, which feels like everything is in its place, is complemented by a beige granite backsplash.
How to seal natural stone backsplash?
Natural stones require sealing because of their porous surfaces. Some of the natural stones come sealed and some of them need to be the seal. To find that if you need to seal it or not, you can contact your stone supplier. If you are going to apply a sealer, use a natural stone sealer and sponge. Apply the sealant to the entire tile surface and wait according to manufacturer directions to dry.
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Rustic Kitchen with Natural Stone Backsplash and Countertop
The sophisticated black granite slabs add elegance to this rustic kitchen and elevate the design. Thanks to its wooden walls and flooring, this kitchen already has a rustic atmosphere, and the natural wood cabinets perfectly complete this vibe. Black pendant lights and the black counter chairs add some industrial vibe.
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Light Gray Island with Beige Countertop and Black Lantern Pendants
The warmth of the dark wood floor and the traditional design of the kitchen makes you feel at home. Using a matching countertop and backsplash serves a perfectly matched look while the beige backsplash under the hood is a focal point and creates an elegant look. The black lantern pendant lights perfectly finalize the traditional vibe of the design.
Are you looking for a wow-effect for your kitchen? we want to introduce you to onyx! Onyx is light and variable natural stone that has a striking beauty. With its beautiful veining, just like the marble, onyx can instantly lends luxury and sophistication to any kitchen. From creamy colors to natural greens, onyx backsplash encompasses a drastically different color palette. The beautiful solid surface of this unique material works well with glass, steel, concrete, and more. Besides its visuality, onyx is also a durable material which makes it a perfect alternative for backsplash. However, this material can cost much more than other natural stones.
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Midcentury Kitchen with Black Onyx Slab Backsplash
This stunning black onyx slab has a wow factor! The simple look of the modern white cabinets and gray countertops allow this slab backsplash to stand out. The orange stove adds a splash of color without breaking the elegance of the design while the black range hood complements the black backsplash.
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Contemporary Kitchen with White Onyx Slabs
The white onyx slabs dominate this contemporary kitchen and offer a luxurious appearance. The translucent onyx slabs are emphasized by the backlit lights which adds a dramatic feel to the room. The brown kitchen cabinets serve a modern look.
Types of Natural Stone Backsplash
Natural stones are perfect materials for kitchen backsplashes and they come in different types, tiles, and slabs. Each of them has different visual impacts. Keep reading and find the aspects of the different types of natural stones.
Natural Stone Tile Backsplash
Tiles are the most popular material option for kitchen backsplashes. From ceramics to glass tiles, they come in an endless variety of material options and natural stones are one of the most beautiful of them. Whether it is a marble subway tile backsplash or slate tiles, a natural stone tile backsplash can create a strikingly beautiful appearance for kitchens.
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Farmhouse Kitchen with Natural Stone Tile Backsplash
In this farmhouse kitchen design, the bright look of the crisp white cabinets and the countertops is perfectly balanced with the warm appeal of natural materials like the natural stone backsplash and the wood kitchen island. The beige backsplash tiles create a focal point between the white cabinetry while adding a nice texture. The black pendant lights and counter stools bring some industrial vibe.
Travertine Mosaic Tiles
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Calacatta Gold Marble Subway Tiles with Stainless Steel Appliances
The luxurious feel of the Calacatta gold backsplash tiles surround this contemporary kitchen and offer a one-of-a-kind look! The marble countertops create a continuous look with the backsplash while the stainless steel appliances and floating shelves bring a bright look.
Is natural stone good for a kitchen backsplash?
The short answer is yes. You may be concerned about the porous surfaces of natural stones. Yes, if it is not be sealed, it will stain but with regular sealing and cleaning, you can easily maintain the beautiful appeal of the natural stone backsplash. Also, with their endless variety of color, material, and style options, you can easily incorporate natural stones into different styled kitchens!
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All-white Kitchen with Dark Wood Flooring
Using different textures is a great way to spruce up the all-white designs. In this contemporary kitchen, the natural stone backsplash offers a nice textural look without breaking the flow of the design. The range hood cover features ship-lapped cladding to match the ceiling. The dark wood flooring contrasts with the white features to emphasize them.
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French Country Kitchen with Natural Stone Backsplash
In this elegant kitchen, traditional elements with natural materials, including brushed brass, real chequered marble floors, oak timbers, marble backsplash, and cast limestone are perfectly mixed with a modern palette of soft greys and whites. Each feature acts as a piece of art with its stunning details. The natural stone chevron tile backsplash brings a dimension between the two-tone white and gray cabinets!
Natural Stone Slab Backsplash
If you want to create a sleek and luxurious backdrop for your kitchen, there is nothing better than a natural stone slab backsplash. Stone slabs can be more pricer than tiles but this investment is definitely worth it!
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Black Cabinets with Natural Stone Backsplash and Blue Stools
This contemporary kitchen has a bunch of characters! The beadboard paneled black kitchen island looks so stylish! The marble slab and the black range hood create a contrasting background. The gold linear lighting fixture is in a harmony with the modern lines of the design. The blue stools add a splash of color to the monochrome color scheme and elevate the overall look.
Limestone Mosaic Tiles
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Gray and White Kitchen with Dark Wood Floor
Using a bright-colored backsplash for dark cabinets and light countertops is a great way to create a balanced look. In this elegant kitchen look, the dark gray kitchen cabinets, island, and range hood serve the classic beauty of the traditional style. The solid slab backsplash and countertop of the island make a modern twist against this traditional look and add a sense of luxury.
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Navy-Blue Kitchen Cabinets with Marble Slabs
Navy-blue cabinets are a rising design trend for kitchens. The sophisticated look of navy blue can easily create eye-catching designs! Here, this sophisticated look completes with the marble slabs!