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Kitchen Backsplash Inspiration for Your Cedar Falls Remodel

If you are thinking about a kitchen remodel, chances are you’ve got some inspiration bookmarked, saved, and tucked away for when you’re ready to begin your remodeling journey. Think for a moment about what you want your kitchen to look like – is there a backsplash involved in your dream design? We’d be willing to guess there is! Kitchen backsplashes are popular not only for adding your own unique style to your space, but also to protect and easily clean your kitchen during meal prep!



Let’s talk about some of the most frequently asked questions about backsplashes, popular backsplash materials, trends, and more.

What Is the Best Kitchen Backsplash?

You’ve probably been looking at lots of kitchen backsplash ideas and want to know which backsplash material is the best. Of course, the answer to that depends on a lot of things – your personal style, the “look” and design theme you wish to achieve in your new kitchen, and how your family uses the space. Here are some popular options:

Tile Backsplashes

A traditional tile backsplash option has been the go-to for what seems like forever. A tile backsplash is a clean, versatile, and easy-to-care-for option that will probably outlast your house, or at least until you decide to remodel again. And tile backsplashes go with just about any other finishes you might want to use in your new kitchen remodel.

Subway Tile Backsplash Styles

Subway tiles are another cool kitchen backsplash idea. Yes, subway tiles are still tiles; however, they have a much different look than a traditional ceramic tile. Subway tiles are rectangular in shape, are thick, low-fired, and covered in a glaze to make them nice and shiny. Subway tiles are timeless and have a classic appearance, so they never look outdated or go out of style. If you are concerned about the cost of your kitchen backsplash for your new kitchen remodel, subway tiles are an affordable option. However, sometimes, depending on which ones you choose, like the handmade artisan options, those styles can be a bit pricey.

Mid-Century Backsplash Styles for Kitchens

What is a mid-century style? Mid-century styles consist of specific design elements such as large windows, geometric shapes, and art-inspired facades. For example, walnut surfaces, hairpin legs, etc. And a mid-century backsplash would consist of maybe some geometric tile, black and white tile, subway tile, hexagonal patterned tile, or rectangular mosaic tiles.

So regardless of the types of backsplash you might be considering for your kitchen remodel, there are plenty of backsplash tiles, new and retro, from which to choose.

What Is Trending in Kitchen Backsplashes?

According to SouthernLiving.com, these are the five kitchen backsplash trends for 2021.

White Cloe Tile

This tile has an organic look with a subtle texture and color variation.

Marble and Quartzite

This trend is a continuous slab of marble and quartzite that matches the countertops to create a cohesive look that blends with the rest of the kitchen.

Cool, Calming Hues and Unique Sizes

This look could consist of subway tiles that have light greens and moody blues or other styles that have a visually calming effect.

Unique Textures

This trend is all about natural ceramic or porcelain tiles with a bit of texture laid in an intriguing way.


Geometric shapes and patterns have long been popular when it comes to tile backsplashes, and it appears this trend continues. Think herringbone and hexagon patterns.

What Is the Best Backsplash for Kitchens?

Tile remains the most popular kitchen backsplash. Perhaps because of all the tile variations available. Tile backsplashes can be ceramic, natural stone, or porcelain. Additionally, tiles come in almost endless styles from modern to retro and pretty much endless colors as well. So, you really can’t go wrong with a tile backsplash.

And if you’re wondering if the kitchen tile backsplash should be lighter or darker than the countertops…here’s the answer. Typically, a kitchen backsplash is lighter than the countertops. But really, it’s your kitchen so you can do whatever you want.

What Is the Easiest Kitchen Backsplash to Install?

If you’re looking for an easy installation of backsplash, then typically peel-and-stick tiles are the way to go. Unfortunately, this type of backsplash can make your kitchen remodel look cheap and probably won’t hold up as long as a more traditional backsplash product like tile. Instead of DIY-ing it, let us help!

Our Handyman Services are the perfect answer for a job like this. Our handyman team of experts specialize in backsplash replacement, countertop replacement, and flooring replacement! We’ll also handle painting, replacing light fixtures, and most other odd jobs. If you’re trying to knock items off that “honey-do list”, we’ve got your back. 

Two Ways to Select a Foolproof Kitchen Backsplash

1. Design-Build Team

A good kitchen remodeling company will have an onsite design-build team rather than using third-party contractors to come up with your design and perform your remodel. A design-build team works closely together to make sure your kitchen remodel is done to your exact specifications and that includes helping you select the best kitchen backsplash for your particular remodel style.

2. Kitchen Countertops 

Another great way to determine which kitchen backsplash to use is to choose one that matches the countertop color and/or material you’ve chosen. If you need help with some kitchen countertops and backsplashes ideas, ask your design-build team. This is the best way to make sure you don’t make a mistake or choose something that doesn’t work with your other kitchen finishes.

What Can I Use Instead of a Backsplash?

There are several great options you could use as an alternative to the traditional kitchen backsplashes.

For example:

  • Reclaimed wood
  • Stone slabs
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Venetian plaster
  • Glass
  • Copper or stainless-steel tiles

Talk to your design-build team about how to select the perfect kitchen backsplash.

What’s Next?

Are you ready to perform a kitchen remodel in your Cedar Rapids, IA home? If so, we’d love to help – contact Home Indeed today. Our on-staff design-build team is here to answer your questions, provide feedback and ideas, and get you on the right track towards an efficient and professional basement remodel.

We have two showrooms - in Cedar Falls and Independence, IA - that are open for walk-ins and can also be “walked in” virtually! 

You will be able to carry a few samples from one section of the showroom to the other. Our one-stop shop will make it easier to find kitchen backsplash ideas, as well as the most suitable colors, textures, and styles for your kitchen remodel. Then our design-build team will incorporate your chosen products into the kitchen remodel of your dreams!

We look forward to working with you!


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