Kitchen Backsplash

Cristy Gies

Cristy Gies

Designer and Founder - DIYGirlfriend

Adding a tile back splash in your kitchen is an easy way to protect your wall from water or other kitchen grime. A simple backsplash can also add style to your kitchen. There are so many tile options available that you can transition your kitchen into a Tuscan getaway or a modern geometric space.

One of the hardest things to decide is what type of tile is best for you and what pattern you want.

Here are some options to think about:

Classic White

One of the most popular backsplash options is a classic white style. White can make your kitchen take on that modern or farmhouse look.

Colored Tiles

You can make a bold statement in your kitchen by utilizing bright colors. If you have white or darker cabinets, this can create a pop of color to the space. For example, if you have gold kitchen accents a deep green can really compliment the overall look and show off your personal style.

Spanish Tile

Love the Moroccan style? No problem! There are many decorative tiles to choose from to help create those interesting patterns. Using blues, greens, or terracotta you can show off some beautiful clay or ceramic tiles.  

Glass Tile

While glass tiles are more expensive, they are easy to clean. The reflective nature of glass tile has great reflective quality, and the best part is they are generally made of recycled glass.

Peel and Stick Tiles

Easy to install, these tiles are an inexpensive way to update your kitchen. They are self-adhesive tiles that look like the real thing.  These tiles also eliminate the mess of taking on a tile project.

Once you have decided what style you like, you can then have fun with the pattern. You can find tiles shaped like octagons, chevron, hexagon, rectangular, square, and even penny size tiles.

All these options can become overwhelming, but it does allow you to customize your backsplash so that it is a true representation of your personality.

In our tutorial this week we opted a herring bone mosaic tile using a double sided adhesive tile  mat. With this adhesive mat you can create your backsplash with less mess. We finished our backsplash over the weekend and super excited about the results.

Follow along below for our step-by-step tutorial. 

Let’s get started.

Here is What you will need:



You can find these items in any local home improvement store. Specialty tile tools are also available to rent at local home improvement stores.

At the bottom of this article we have provided some links to make locating these items easier.

Watch the video below to get started on your accent wall.

Or you can follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Prepare the area

Step 2: Plan tile layout and positioning

DIYG Tip: if this is your first time tiling it might be better to start in an inconspicuous place like a hidden corner, etc.

DIYG Tip: Try to plan the tile cuts in inconspicuous places like the top of the backsplash under the cabinets.  The cabinets will camouflage any cutting imperfections.

Step 3: apply peel & stick tile backsplash mats

DIYG Tip: Adhesive backsplash mats are an easy and inexpensive way to tile backsplashes.  It also allows you to do everything the same day since you do not need to let the mortar dry.  However, avoid using adhesive tile backsplash mats on floors, ceilings, fireplaces, steam rooms, shower floors and surfaces that will be submerged in water.

DIYG Tip: For areas that do not have a countertop for support, use tile edging trim to support the weight of the tile.  This can be found at Lowes, Home Depot, etc… in the tiling section.

Step 4: lay tile


Use a level along the way to make sure the tile is level at every point


  • If your cut has rough edges on the tile, use a tile sanding sponge to sand off the rough edges.  Be careful not to sand too hard or it may split the ends of the tile.
  • If you have to do circular cuts, use a tile nipper.
  • If using a wet saw to cut tile, use a hot blow dryer to dry tile before installing on adhesive mat.
  • Cutting tile can be very messy!  Cut the tile in the garage, on the deck or in a place that can be easily cleaned.  Laying down a tarp can  help as well.

Step 5: install electrical box extenders

Step 6: Apply tile grout


  • If using natural stone such as limestone, slate, etc., apply sealer to tile PRIOR to grouting the tile.  This will prevent grout from seeping in the pours of the natural stone and discoloring the tile.
  • Mixed grout should be the consistency of brownie batter


  • Be careful to not wipe the grout from the joints when cleaning away excess. Only apply LIGHT pressure and always use a diagonal motion.

Step 7: fill top and bottom 1/8" gaps with caulk or silicone sealant that matches grout

Step 8: Seal grout

Step 9: Reattach outlet and light switch covers

Step 10: enjoy!!!


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