Oftentimes, the little things are what make the biggest difference. When styling your kitchen, adding a backsplash is a simple way to take things up a notch

The countdown is on. With fewer than 25 days until wedding day, we are racing to finish up last-minute to-dos. One thing I’ve come to realize is how impactful tiny details can be.

In a kitchen, opportunities abound for tiny touches that make big impacts. One of my favorites is a good kitchen backsplash. When choosing a backsplash, consider these things:



While the options are virtually endless, top choices are ceramic, granite, glass and steel. Ceramic is an affordable and easy-to-clean option. It can also be replaced easily if a tile breaks or chips.

Granite and other natural materials, such as marble or travertine, cost more than ceramic, but may be more affordable if you do your counters at the same time.

Keep in mind that granite needs to be sealed and then resealed every couple of years.


Glass is an increasingly popular choice. It’s easy to clean and, because it’s reflective, can make a small space seem larger.


Remember that its installation can be difficult, and mistakes will show more than with other materials, so consider hiring a pro.

Stainless steel is another great option. It’s sleek, easy to clean, heat-resistant and durable.

Size and shape

Long, thin and vertically placed tiles are trending and work well with ceramic and glass for kitchens of all sizes, as do subway tiles. Large tiles can be a bit more difficult, as they must be planned carefully to accommodate outlets. Large, single sheets of natural stone or steel are also a great option.


Your backsplash should complement your existing decor. In particular, it should work well with the floor and countertop. If you have a busy counter-top, keep things simple with the backsplash.


A simple counter can be complemented with a patterned backsplash. Keep functionality in mind when choosing your style, as well as personality!

Have a comment or question for Joanne? Email thefixisinhawaii@gmail.com.