Bathroom Backsplashes


Since bathroom vanities are much smaller than kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities tend to have less impact and take up less space than kitchen backsplashes. That said, you have vastly more options for a bathroom backsplash, as you don't have to worry about food splatters or cleanability as much as in a kitchen.

Material Selection and Design

Beige countertop with an undermount sink
This backsplash is made from the same material as the vanity, with similar edge details for a ornate look

The simplest (and most common) option for a backsplash is to continue your countertop material up the wall 3-5 inches. If you choose a solid surface countertop, a 4" backsplash can be fabricated from the same material and installed at the same time. If you choose a tile option, you could use the matching bullnose to easily create a short backsplash.

Brown bathroom vanity with travertine backsplash
A prefabricated travertine border complements the earth tones of the porcelain tile countertop.

Another easy backsplash option is to take a prefabricated border (or a mosaic cut into strips) and use it as your backsplash. Many people will use the same border or mosaic in their shower as a feature strip to tie the entire room together and create a cohesive design.

Since you're installing tile in such a small area, why not visit our in-store Clearance Corner? We have several tile, stone, glass, and decorative options whose lines have been discontinued, leaving us with small on-hand quantities (perfect for a bathroom backsplash!). You can save up to 70% off the original retail price of beautiful limestones, metallic borders, decorative drops, medallions, durable porcelains, and other unique finds.

Travertine bathroom with wainscoting and a glass mosaic border
This glass mosaic border forms a long line that unifies the entire room.

For those looking for a more dramatic or substantial installation, consider creating a focal wall or wainscoting.

 

A full focal wall of your backsplash material, (whether you use a mosaic or a boldly-patterned tile), will create a dramatic, memorable effect.

 

If you build wainscoting around the walls of your bathroom, you can continue the top line across the top of your countertop for a long, continuous look that helps the room look bigger.

Are there any materials I can't use on a bathroom backsplash?

Not really. Every tile and stone material we sell can be used for a dry vertical application. The only time you should limit your selection of materials is if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • If you are worried about splashed water or cleanability, you shouldn't use a heavily textured material such as a splitface mosaic or ledgerstone. Rough surfaces are difficult to wipe down.
  • If you want to use certain cleaning materials (such as Scrubbing Bubbles or anything with bleach, ammonia, or an acid base) for everyday cleaning, stick with low-maintenance materials such as glass, porcelain and ceramic, or quartz.
  • If your backsplash or walls will be constantly exposed to high levels of moisture (such as in a steamy bathroom with poor ventilation), we recommend non-porous materials such as porcelain or glass tile and a single-component or urethane grout. If you use a porous natural stone or a cementitious grout, you'll need to seal them well to prevent them from becoming saturated with water, stained, or discolored.

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