I am asked often to help select the backsplash for kitchens. This is best done after the 2 main items in the kitchen are selected namely the cabinets and the countertop. I like to also have the floor selection to within possibly 3 choices and then you can tie it all together with the backsplash.
There are many backsplash tile ideas but the most common material used still is a ceramic or porcelain tile. This can be installed in many different ways to create a unique look. There are a few things to bear in mind when choosing a backsplash like if you have dark cabinets and counter it would be best to have a light backsplash.
I do find in general a light backsplash works best. During the day the top area of the backsplash does not get much daylight. Unless you have under-cabinet lights at night it is also dark on the top section of the counter. If you want to break up the lighter look you can easily accent it with possibly some small pieces of 2×2 tile maybe 3 feet apart.
You can become very creative with backsplashes by installing small inserts, borders, deco tiles and of course the way you lay the tile. Tile could be laid on a diagonal, straight or depending on the size in a subway/brick pattern. A word of caution though, when it comes to researching backsplash tile ideas, I believe the old saying holds true “Less is more” . In other words don’t have it too busy.
So in conclusion there are many ideas out there on backsplash tile ideas. Don’t have it too busy and make sure it does not compete with the counter. In general I find lighter back-splashes work best especially with wood cabinets as they are usually darker than painted.