The Different Looks of Stone on a Backsplash

Natural stone has a wide range of colors, styles, and finishes. This means that it can also complement a wide variety of spaces. In a kitchen that has granite, marble, or soapstone counters already installed, adding a natural stone backsplash is one way to create a cohesively appealing design.

Any form of stone is suitable for installation on a kitchen backsplash. While care might need to be taken into consideration with some softer stones like marble or limestone on a counter area, the backsplash doesn’t get a lot of use. Very soft stones, exotic stones, or stones with a lot of holes and fissures can all be used in this area without worry.

Because stone comes in so many different styles and finishes, one can be found to complete any kitchen. Very contemporary kitchens, for example, may want to extend the slab counter up the backsplash areas, covering particularly sensitive areas, such as behind the stove, with a stainless steel sheet to protect them.


More transitional and traditional kitchens have a lot of different options for using stone in the backsplash area. Stone mosaics, which come in a number of different colors and color blends, can be found in both tumbled and polished finishes, so they will fit into nearly any area.


Tumbled marble backsplashes are also a good option for some kitchens. While the use of this type of stone was fairly ubiquitous several years ago, it can still be made contemporary and appealing by mixing in etched or painted stone tiles to give the look of a design or pattern to the space.


Kitchens with a more Country or Cottage feel can make good use of honed or polished marble subway tiles. If marble is also used on the counters, using the same stone on the backsplash helps to make the entire space look bigger than it actually is.


Natural stone has so many different looks and styles that it’s impossible not to find one that will complement a kitchen design. To complete any space, look to stone to get the job done.

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