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Remove, replace or add a kitchen backsplash

On Home-Dzine I receive quite a few enquiries from homeowners looking for alternatives to a plain, boring kitchen tile backsplash, and there are more than a few options to consider for removing, replacing or adding a new backsplash to a kitchen. While generally an afterthought, a single, subtle splash of colour may be all that's needed to enhance a kitchen.


In today's modern kitchens a backsplash has become an integral design feature and there are various options and materials to choose from.

Adding a new kitchen backsplash

In a new home or kitchen renovation, materials for a backsplash can range from ceramic tile, natural stone, glass, concrete, stainless steel and mosaic tile. While a tile backsplash is probably one of the most traditional, there are plenty of other exciting options to consider. Let's take a look at the various materials:

Ceramic tile backsplash

As one of the most popular materials, a tiled splashback is easy to install and tiles are available in a huge variety of sizes, colors and textures. Probably the most affordable option for a kitchen backsplash, you can choose coloured or neutral tiles - or have a custom painted design - that perfectly matches your kitchen.


- When installing a tiled backsplash, be sure to apply grout sealer to protect grout from stains.

- If choosing a bold colour for a kitchen backsplash, bear in mind that tiles will need to be removed and replaced if you get tired of the colour.

Natural stone backsplash

More expensive than ceramic tile, there are various natural stone backsplash options on the market. Slate and granite tiles are two popular options.

The most durable natural stone for a backsplash is granite. However, it should be re-sealed twice a year to maintain protection from moisture. Marble is a beautiful, low maintenance material, but it is very porous and will absorb grease and dirt.


When using natural stone as a backsplash above a hob or stove, it is essential to seal the tiles to prevent stains from cooking. Follow the manufacturer's recommended application guidelines for whatever brand of natural stone sealer you use.

Mosaic or pebble tile splashback

To update or modernise a kitchen, mosaic and pebble tiles are an easy do-it-yourself project. ABOVE: This black, polished pebble backsplash blends beautifully with the warm wood cabinets and granite countertop. 

Glass splashback

A glass splashback is one of the latest design trends for a kitchen and offers the benefits of a surface that is impervious to moisture and is also very easy to clean. There are two options in glass: A solid glass backsplash or glass tiles.

A solid glass or glass tile splashback adds a touch of class to a kitchen and there are a wide selection of styles and colour options from which to choose.

You will find the widest selection of tiles, whether ceramic, glass, natural stone or mosaic, at your local Tile Warehouse or Builders Warehouse - at an affordable price. While you're there, grab everything else you need to install a kitchen backsplash that adds designer style to a kitchen.

Stainless steel backsplash

As a backsplash, stainless steel easily handles heat, moisture, hot pans, or hot liquids. It is also easy to clean; grime can be easily removed with warm water, soap and a sponge - and then polished with a soft cloth. Harsh cleaning materials should however be avoided, as these can damage the surface.


The main disadvantage to installing stainless steel anywhere in a home, is the fact that it is easily scratched. Having said that, today's stainless steel options are designed to minimise damage and look good for longer.