• Hometalker
  • San Marcos, TX
Asked on Jan 13, 2019

How do I decide on a black splash in kitchen?



There is only a painted texture & Sheetrock in our kitchen. I have dark stained oak cabinets & Formica counters. I need help deciding what would be a good backsplash.

5 answers
  • Whatever strikes your fancy! Bring several samples home and tape them to the wall until you find something you love. The possibilities are endless. Google and look round at different materials.

  • Ken Erickson
    on Jan 13, 2019

    I have stained 3/4" wood to match my cabinets before and fasten it to the wall with a silicone seal under the wood. The easiest backsplash is tile that can be fastened with Power Grab on the back and grout for the seams. Both products come in a caulking gun tube. The top row (exposed edge) needs to be a bullnose.

  • Pjo26908388
    on Jan 13, 2019

    An effective backsplash usually picks up the tones of the floor and countertop. Repetition makes a design cohesive.

    However, this can be a place to add a little color or pattern. As example- in a recent redo we painted the adjacent walls a misty grey green. The tile was a celery/Celedon tone. The tile also repeated on the walk in shower.

    Many of the patterned tiles will at some point become dated. I prefer tile that is classic like a subway tile in a herringbone pattern or a 4x4 with thin grout lines. Using a color close to the countertop color adds a clean and understated appearance.

    For ideas on style/color check home decor sites online and pintrest.

    Whatever you decide find a good quality tile. For a backsplash check close outs and craigslist. There are so many choices you'll have to narrow it down.

  • Mogie
    on Jan 13, 2019

    What is your style in your kitchen? Farmhouse, modern or what? How much do you want to spend? Do you want to go thru all the hassle of tiling or just tack something up?

    • Mogie
      on Jan 14, 2019

      Home Depot makes a barnwood paneling that sells for about $35 a sheet. It comes in 4x8 sheets. I plan on getting one and making the necessary cuts and installing that in my kitchen. Some half round to finish the edges and tack it in place with brads.

  • Oliva
    on Jan 13, 2019

    Hi, Wardie,

    Many kitchen design "trends" tend to expire in 25 years, so think about long term use, unless you like the idea of changing out a backsplash. Pjo gave good advice re: choosing something classic, but if you need to sell, you will always encounter potential buyers whose taste differs vastly from your own.

    Your cabinets being dark would suggest a lighter, more neutral backsplash color. Note that many grout lines, ridges, scallop designs, 3D tiles and those backsplashes with matte finishes will markedly increase the time you spend to keep them clean.

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