A Guide To Kitchen Backsplash Materials

Backsplashes have become a popular choice interior design trend in modular kitchens today. If designed well they can become the major focal point of a space. While it adds a great deal to the overall style of a kitchen, backsplashes also keep the wall between the countertop and wall-units stain-free!  If you want to be a bit more adventurous with your kitchen interior design go all out by covering your entire wall or particular section with a stylish backsplash.

Backsplash designs are available in a variety of materials and patterns. From simple minimalistic ones to bold designs there are a bunch of different options you can choose from! But what makes a backsplash design durable and a perfect addition to your modular kitchen interiors is the right material. 

Every material is different in terms of the level of maintenance, cost, texture and appeal. When you choose your kitchen backsplash material you must remember the fundamental purpose of it –  to protect the wall between your countertop and wall cabinets from spills and splashes. The ideal material is resistant to heat, water and stains and also amps up the style quotient of your kitchen design. 

We recommend you to choose materials, patterns and colours of the cabinetry, flooring, countertop and the backsplash together to create one cohesive look.

Here is a guide to the most popular backsplash materials to help you make an informed choice. 


The latest material in kitchen backsplash design is the laminate sheet. Extremely resistant to water, stain and moisture, laminates are a great choice for your backsplash. It has a smooth surface that makes it easy to clean. Besides, laminates are an economical choice of material as compared to tiles and stones. They are available in a wide range of colours, patterns, textures and price points, making it a great option to fit any style, taste and budget.

Laminate backsplash materials resistant to water, stain and moisture


Granite is a natural material and can work magic with specific kitchen styles. It is a sturdy and durable material that is available in a variety of textures and colours. Also, granite is highly resistant to heat and stains, making it a perfect choice for Indian kitchens. Another thing that makes granite so unique for a backsplash is that no two granite pieces look identical. This means you have several different patterns to choose from! One thing you must remember is granite is naturally porous and will require sealing.

Types of backsplash for granite which is highly resistant to heat and stains for indian homes


Commonly known as an engineered stone, this material is made up of quartz bits joined together with colour pigments and polymer resin. If you prefer symmetry in your interiors, a quartz backsplash will help create that balance you desire in your kitchen interior design. It further adds definition to the wall behind the range and sink. Quartz backsplashes are remarkably durable and resistant to heat and scratches. They are also available in a varying range of colours, have a smooth uniform surface, are non-porous and are resistant to heat. Unlike granite they do not need to be sealed. The traits of this material make it an easy choice for any kind of interior design style.

Different types of backsplash with quartz which is remarkably durable and resistant to heat and scratches

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Marble brings in a feeling of luxury to any space it is used in. Besides, it’s easy to clean and comes in light tones that are great if you have dark coloured cabinets. This material finishes a look beautifully. Although marble is a stunning addition to any kitchen interior design, it’s not one of the most durable choices. This is because marble is soft and porous, and is easily prone to cracks and chips. Also, it requires regular maintenance and requires its edges to be sealed regularly. Let us not forget – it is pricey!

Types of backsplash tile with marble which is stunning addition to any kitchen interior design

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Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic or porcelain tiles are the most popular choice of material for kitchen backsplashes mainly due to its resilience, affordability and varieties in colour and shapes it comes in. Another great advantage of using ceramic tiles is that they are easy to clean—a quality every urban homeowner will value. If you decide on choosing ceramic tiles for your kitchen backsplash we suggest opting for glazed variety. These are unlikely to stain as they do not absorb any food or liquid – be it oils, wines, condiments et al. Ceramic tiles are highly resistant to heat and moisture that makes it a durable and long-lasting investment for your kitchen design. So if you have an active household with many members residing together, this is your choice of backsplash material without a shadow of doubt. 

Different types of kitchen backsplash with ceramic tile which are highly resistant to heat and moisture that makes it a durable

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Glass Tiles

Glass tiles are thin layers of glass with crystalline glaze fired onto the back of every tile. Its glossy look and various colours make it the most impressive, elegant-looking backsplash material you can opt for! Glass tiles reflect your kitchen lights thereby making your cooking space appear bright and spacious. If your kitchen is small these tiles are a great way to make your kitchen look larger. Dirt and oil splashes are extremely easy to wash off these tiles; all you need is a damp cloth or tile cleaner. 

Best type of tile for kitchen backsplash with glass tiles with crystalline glaze fired onto the back of every tile

And there you see the choices are aplenty. Our guide on the most popular and durable materials for kitchen backsplashes as available in the market today make interior design fun and exciting, isn’t it?

We hope this guide helps you to make a wise and informed decision.

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