Standard vs. Full Kitchen Backsplash: Which is Right for You?

Your kitchen backsplash, the material covering the wall between your counters and your cabinets, is more than just decorative. It also protects the wall from damage should food splatter while you are cooking. Should this happen on regular drywall or other common wall coverings, it can be difficult to clean. Over time, that could lead to permanent damage to the space between the cabinets and counters. Usually, the backsplash is made from materials that are easy to clean. But when it comes to choosing between a standard versus full kitchen backsplash, do you know which one is right for you?

Let’s find out.

Full Backsplash

The main difference between full and standard backsplashes is how far they extend up the wall. As the name implies, a full backsplash extends all the way to the ceiling, the bottom of the cabinets, or the exhaust hood over your stove. Usually, the backsplash is made of the same material as your counters, although it is not unusual for it to be made of a different, contrasting material. For instance, you could have a granite countertop and marble backsplash.

Standard Backsplash

A standard backsplash is shorter than a full backsplash, normally extending just above the surface of the counter. Usually, the standard backsplash is between three and six inches high, although you sometimes see them as much as 10 inches above the countertop. The backsplash is still considered standard as long as it does not extend the full length of the wall or up to the bottom of your cabinets. In most cases, a standard backsplash is made of the same material as your countertops.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Full Backsplash

A full backsplash provides you with more protection and is usually chosen by those who spend a lot of time cooking or entertaining within the kitchen. A full backsplash also creates a more minimalist look which some people like. With a full backsplash, you can also play with designs somewhat, incorporating pops of color or texture with unique tile work.

The main disadvantage to a full backsplash is that they are more expensive to install. This is especially true if you choose a material like natural stone. It can also be slightly more difficult to keep clean as there is more surface to cover.

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Standard Backsplash

Standard backsplashes are usually less expensive than full backsplash. If you have chosen an expensive countertop, it may be more economical to install a standard backsplash than a full backsplash. This is because they are easier to install and require less material. Standard backsplashes are easy to keep clean and repairing a damaged portion is much easier than it is with a full backsplash. Although a full backsplash has more surface area to keep clean, a standard backsplash does not cover the entire wall behind your counter which means parts of the wall are still susceptible to damage. A standard backsplash does not have the same clean lines as a full backsplash as well. However, there is nothing stopping you from having multiple heights for your standard backsplash depending on the layout of your kitchen which can provide additional protection

Combination Backsplash

You do not have to choose just one type of backsplash, however. Depending on the design of your kitchen, you may choose to have a full backsplash in one area and a standard backsplash in another. For instance, if your stove is against a wall, you may want to have a full backsplash around the stove but a partial backsplash in other areas of the kitchen that are not susceptible to splattering foods. In addition, you can combine a variety of materials for your backsplash as well. Behind the sink is another area where many homeowners choose to install a full backsplash, according to Marble Concepts.

Common Backsplash Materials

Whether you choose a full or standard backsplash, you want to keep in mind your options for the materials available. As mentioned, most homeowners select a backsplash made of the same material as their countertops, but you are not limited to that material. You may choose ceramic or porcelain tile which is cost-efficient while glass tile is a growing trend. Glass tile creates a modern look in your kitchen, but installation may be more expensive than traditional tile. Another new trend in backsplash is sheet glass. The backside of sheet glass can be painted before it is attached to the wall, giving the appearance of no backsplash but allowing for easy cleanup. If you want a modern, industrial look in your kitchen, stainless steel is an option. It is more expensive than natural stone or tile and you want to be sure it is installed by someone with experience working with that material.

Get Your Backsplash From Marble Concepts

If you are considering a kitchen remodel, contact Marble Concepts today to see how we can help. Our professional team will guide you through the process and help you choose the perfect backsplash for your family’s needs. You can arrange for a no-obligation consultation by calling 215-396-7393 or by filling out the easy online form. Our friendly customer service staff will work with you to help you create the kitchen you have always dreamed about.