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Backsplash Materials & Design Options

Don’t get stuck in a ceramic tile or porcelain tile kitchen backsplash rut! We did a little virtual shopping and came up with some other backsplash material options. Just as material options vary greatly, so do their prices. We’ve tried to focus our attention on options that are budget-friendly and stylish - not to mention easy for the do-it-yourselfer to install herself/himself. For each material example discussed, we have included a source, material size information and basic pricing.

A quick look at these kitchen backsplash pictures just might have you heading in a new design direction.

Beadboard Backsplash
When we think of beadboard, we typically think of rustic, country, or cottage design. This kitchen design picture tells a completely different story. It’s a perfect example of how a beadboard backsplash can work in a clean, modern kitchen. The crisp white of the beadboard backsplash is a gorgeous contrast to the sleek black countertop and modern stainless steel appliances.

Modern Kitchen With Beadboard Backsplash-

Elite Trimworks carries MDF beadboard backsplash planks with authentic deep beads. Each plank is 8-1/4″ wide (8″ exposed) x 8′ long. There are three beads per plank and with their tongue and groove joints they install seamlessly. Each plank is priced at $25.50 USD. For a 10 ft. section of backsplash that is 18″ high you would require 3 backsplash planks for a total of $76.50 USD. We think that’s extremely reasonable. In addition to MDF they also carry oak, maple and cherry beadboard planks.

Tin Tile Backsplash
For a vintage kitchen design try a tin tile backsplash. The most common height of a backsplash area measures 18″. As luck would have it the American Tin Ceiling Co. has tin backsplash panels that are manufactured with a 6″ pattern repeat which makes them ideal for use as a backsplash material.

Installed Tin Tile Backsplash

Tin tile panels can be cut with tin snips and installed with Liquid Nails. They recommend using their Nailup panels for backsplash applications. Prices range from $12.00 to $42.00 per 24″ x 24″ panel depending on the pattern and color.

Pattern for Tin Tile Backsplash

They offer six different patterns with the 6″ repeat and each pattern is available in one of 65+ colors. You’ll also find backsplash switch plate covers in prices ranging from $4.00 to $20.00 depending on the color and size.

Thermoplastic Backsplash Panels
Acoustic Ceiling Products (ACP) has developed decorative thermoplastic panels that very closely mimic the appearance of metal. Their classic style backsplash panels measure 18″ x 24″. These attractive panels are easily installed with adhesive or double-sided tape. Full installation instructions can be found on their site. For a finished look they also provide matching finish outlet cover laminates, corner trim and edge trim pieces.

Traditional Tin Tile Backsplash Design

Choose from 16 different finishes and 6 design styles. We are happy to report that in addition to traditional tin ceiling style tiles, you will also find a funky ribbed design and a quilted metal style.

Ribbed Backsplash Panel Design

Quilted Backsplash Panel Design

The panels are fire retardant, but can be deformed by excessive heat. For this reason they are not recommended for installation behind the stove.

ACP’s site includes a list of retailers including: Home Depot, Menards and Lowes. The only pricing we could find for individual panels and accessories was at Lowes.

Per 18″ x 24″Panel - $18.00 to $18.52 USD
Edge J-Trim 18″ - $1.06 to $1.09 USD
Corner Trim 18″ - $1.06 to $1.09 USD
Laminates for outlet covers - $9.98 to $10.14 USD

For more backsplash options and backsplash pictures see:

Ikea Low Cost Stainless Steel Kitchen Backsplash
DIY Kitchen Tile Backsplash - Go Faux!


1 scott { 03.29.08 at 12:02 pm }

I just finished my tile backsplach (kitchen) I need to trim the exposed corners, tops, etc. Not a big fan of what I am seeing at the dept stores. does anyone have a pic of backsplash trim, or info of where I can see more options? I used timbles stone for the splash (4in tiles) travertine


2 Suzy { 04.03.08 at 8:34 pm }

Hi Scott,

Typically, when purchasing wall tile you have a choice of various, matching tile trim pieces - flat caps, bullnose tiles, tile quarter round, counter trim or tile molding. If matching tile trim pieces are not available for the travertine tile you’ve used there are still other options you can look at.

Find a tile trim that coordinates with your 4 x 4 travertine tiles. Finding an exact match could prove difficult, but there are tile trim pieces made from natural stone that would likely work quite well.

Here are links to places that supply tile borders, tile trims, and listellos:

Grand Tile & Border

The Tile Shop

Manet Tiles

Alternatively, you could go with a metal tile-edging product. This would not be my choice - just letting you know what’s out there.


Rogers Ceramics

I’ve found one fairly decent picture of a travertine tile backsplash with a tile trim. You can check it out here:

A Labor of Love

If I find any others I’ll be sure to let you know.

Thank you for your inquiry!

3 monnie { 01.07.10 at 6:31 pm }


I was thinking of putting up a tin backsplash.
Do I need to install this prior to having the granite countertop w/ a 4″ granite backsplash installed?
In other words, does the tin backsplash need to fit behind the piece of vertical granite coming up the wall?


4 Suzy { 02.28.10 at 7:18 pm }

Hi Monnie,

For the sake of being able to easily change your backsplash at some future date (should your tastes change), you’d be best to install the tin backsplash after the granite countertop and return have been installed.


5 Abby { 03.06.10 at 2:22 pm }

How easy is it to remove tin tile backsplash if in the future we end up wanting to do a glass tile backsplash?


6 Suzy { 03.10.10 at 10:57 am }

Hi Abby,

The ease of removal would depend entirely on the method used to install the tin tile backsplash. If you use nailup panels it will simply be a matter of pulling the nails. Using any type of construction adhesive will make removal a lot more labour-intensive and will quite likely result in severely damaging the underlying wall surface. Keep in mind however, that before installing a ceramic tile or glass tile backsplash, it’s entirely possible that you would need to install new backer board anyway, so it wouldn’t really matter if you destroyed the original drywall.

Hope this answers your question.

7 bill { 03.11.10 at 5:15 pm }


do you know if an american tin tile suppier in ontario?

i live in marmora ontario and cannot seem to find anyone who has them

please let me know



8 Suzy { 03.14.10 at 8:32 pm }

Hi Bill,

Sorry, I couldn’t find anyone in Ontario either. The only Canadian distributor I found is in Edmonton - (Ceiling Centre Corp.) According to the American Tin Ceilings site, Ceiling Centre Corp. does ship to all provinces.

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