Adding an outdoor kitchen backsplash not only protects your outdoor kitchen area but creates visual interest and aesthetic appeal. Read on to learn more about what to look for in a backsplash and help us choose ours!
When we built our redwood outdoor kitchen, we paused on a backsplash because we couldn’t decide on a design.
It’s now almost two years later and high time to finish the project! So because you all have seen our home renovations through thick and thin, I figured you would have some pretty strong opinions on what we should choose for our outdoor kitchen backsplash.
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Colorful HOme Renovation Ideas
To jog your memory, or if you’re new here and want to get a feel for our style, check out a few of our past home renovation projects.
- Colorful Tile in a Primary Bathroom
- Our Primary Bedroom
- Light and Airy Kids’ and Guest Bathroom
- The Studio Bathroom (and Sources!)
- The Finished Renovation
What To Look For in an Outdoor Kitchen Backsplash
A backsplash in an outdoor kitchen isn’t just for show — it serves multiple purposes!
If your outdoor kitchen is against a wall, you can definitely plan on some grease and grime accumulating there. Our exterior walls are white stucco and we’re starting to see some grease stains appearing.
Furthermore, if grease is collecting, there can also be some safety concerns. Nobody wants to start a grease fire!
But with a backsplash, you add a layer of heat protection and a surface that’s more easily cleaned than a typical exterior wall.
Materials for a backsplash in a Backyard Kitchen
Tile. This is most likely the direct we’re planning on going with our outdoor kitchen backsplash, as we love the flexibility tile provides for bringing in color and pattern. Tile is also easily installed and fairly affordable compared to other options. If you’re considering tile, be aware of your climate; if you have frequent freezes and thaws you may find that tiles can loosen and pop off.
If you’re considering tile, also consider your grout color. We’ll most likely go with a darker grout to avoid staining from grease and smoke.
Stone or Brick. Another material that is easy to procure and install, stone and brick also provide a great layer of heat protection. The look of a rustic brick backsplash can be so lovely! Be aware that these porous materials may tend to soak up stains over time.
Natural Stone Slab. A polished stone slab is absolutely beautiful! Look for a less porous stone to avoid absorbing stains; sealed granite is a great option. The slab route is likely more expensive than tile or brick, and will likely need professional installation.
Tin Ceiling Tile. Probably the most affordable and fast to install, tin ceiling tiles can be a visually interesting option. However, tin tends to rust, so I’d recommend adding a corrosion-resistant sealer before you install. Also, be prepared for the tin to take on small dings and dents, as it’s a fairly soft and malleable metal.
Favorite Backsplash Options
I’ve narrowed down our selections to the few that you see below! In case you didn’t notice, I also mocked up our outdoor kitchen with each option and shared those images throughout the post.
I definitely have my favorites, but I’d love to know your vote, too!
Add Color and Pattern to an Outdoor Kitchen Backsplash with Tile
Some of our picks are a little more bold, and some just add a subtle color or pattern. Below are links to all of the options you see throughout the post.
- Terra Cotta Tile
- Copper Tone Tin Ceiling Tile
- Black Tin Ceiling Tile
- Black Hex Tile
- White Floral Tile
- Black Floral Tile
- Blue Square Tile
- Green Square Tile
Stay tuned for our final pick and a DIY installation tutorial! xoxo
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2 thoughts on “Outdoor Kitchen Backsplash”
I would take the stepped design out; choose a height in between your tall section and your short section. Put up a solid color over the kitchen then match it with paint and run a stripe across the whole exterior wall.
The patterns compete too much with your patio tile, in my opinion.
I like the orange-ish one. I like the way it looks w the redwood.