In this post, we review some of the best backsplash materials you can use in your home to make a statement in your kitchen.

We will also show you photos of finished installations.

For many homeowners, the backsplash serves as a main focal point in the redesigned kitchen.

Ideally, your kitchen backsplash needs to be both functional and fashionable.

There are many backsplash materials that can do both, serve the necessary function while providing a stylish focal point to your kitchen that will impress guests and that you will enjoy for years to come.


Here are some of our favorite backsplash materials to give your kitchen a stunning focal point.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain Tile Backsplash

Porcelain tile has regained popularity in homes in recent years because it is such a versatile material.

It can be used in almost limitless ways. It can look like natural stone or it can be used in a more “tile-like” manor with different colors combined in striking patterns.

Porcelain stands up extremely well to water and the rigors of the kitchen.

There is also a wide range of styles and price points for you to choose from.

Backsplash portfolio image above: This beautiful basement area bar in Geneva, IL. features custom cut porcelain tiles with dots and a metallic porcelain tile frame between the countertop and backsplash.


Marble – Mosaic

marble tile with mosaic

Marble is a classic building material that has been used in luxury buildings for centuries because of its beauty and durability.

As a backsplash material, marble is perfect for adding both beauty and protection around sinks and countertops.

There are many types of marble to choose from for your kitchen style. You can find trendy styles such as pure white or black, or traditional marble slabs with different colors and one of a kind vein patterns.

Backsplash portfolio image above: This kitchen backsplash project completed in Naperville, IL. features marble and decorative mosaic tiles. The custom faux painted outlet covers are made to look like the marble tiles and grout.

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Custom Designed Slate BacksplashSlate is a natural stone that has been a consistently popular material for backsplashes for years. You have also seen it used in floors, paving and roofing because of it beauty and durability.

As a natural stone, it is available in an immense variety of earth-toned color combinations and patterns.

It is naturally fireproof and waterproof.

Backsplash portfolio image above: This Geneva, IL. powder room features slate custom-designed tiles, with slate mosaic and custom cut slate tiles.


Glass Tile

Glass Tile Kitchen BacksplashGlass kitchen backsplashes have grown in popularity in recent years. They can be a great way to add a modern, sophisticated look to your kitchen.

The reflective nature of glass means it can reflect sunlight around your kitchen, brightening your room.

You have a huge selection of colors to choose from which can be combined in limitless ways.

The colors in glass tile are very strong, and will never fade. It is also naturally non-porous and will never need to be sealed.

Backsplash portfolio image above: Kitchen backsplash with glass tiles and faux painted outlet covers to mimic and match the glass tile effect in St Charles, IL.


Hand-Painted Mural

Custom Painted Mural Kitchen BacksplashAnother option for your backsplash that can create a stunning look for your kitchen is a custom painted kitchen mural backsplash.

When it comes to a custom mural, the only limit is your imagination. An artist can create any type of painting that will suit your style or the style of your home.

Our expert painters will make your dream backsplash come to leave and thoroughly seal it to protect it from kitchen elements.

Backsplash portfolio image above: Custom painted mural on kitchen backsplash with satin varnish applied for extra protection in St. Charles, IL.


Located in Geneva, IL, Art Z Flooring is one of the most trusted kitchen remodelers and bathroom renovators in the western suburban Chicago area.  

Contact Art Z with your questions about remodeling, flooring installation or custom backsplash installation.

For backsplash and decorating call: Zaneta – (630) 918-9176

For flooring and bathrooms call: Art – (630) 677-1371