Use flooring as inspiration for your backsplash, like Candice Olson did in this . While it seems odd, using the same colored or textured tile helps unify your kitchen design.
Two kitchen backsplash materials are better than one. Candice Olson pairs soapstone and blue glass tiles in this New Orleans-inspired kitchen.
Install under-cabinet lighting to show off your backsplash. This Durango stone backsplash is accented with bronze tiles for a little sparkle. Natural stone tiles are another popular choice for the kitchen backsplash. They make a lovely choice in a kitchen with granite countertops and stone floors. Limestone, marble, and even plain old rocks can be used successfully in a backsplash, depending on the look of the rest of the room.
The small, one inch glass tiles are a great way to incorporate glass tiles into your backsplash inexpensively. Rather than doing the entire backsplash with them, you can use the tiles to create a border for the other types of tiles you use. Use the small mosaic tiles with stone or ceramic for a custom look.
Stainless steel creates a modern look in the kitchen. The backsplashes go with nearly any countertop style,and blend well with stainless kitchen appliances. They are durable, heat resistant and easy to clean. Stainless is the choice of most commercial kitchens because of these positive qualities. However, stainless can be scratched. Acidic foods, chlorine bleach, and harsh chemicals can ruin the finish or cause staining if they are not rinsed off quickly and thoroughly. High-grade stainless steel can be expensive.
Tin backsplashes are durable, classic and a perfect balance for urban materials like concrete countertops. Candice Olson opted for cream-colored tin tiles, instead of stainless steel.