Sky’s the Limit: Pros and Cons of Extending Backsplash to the Ceiling


Published: January 21, 2024
Updated: January 2, 2024

In recent years, backsplash has morphed into a design element that is undeniably trendy and versatile. Not only is the material, color, and pattern important, but the installation process and layout contain much debate on how far the tile or slab should ascend up the wall.

“When deciding on your backsplash height, consider the design style of your kitchen,” notes interior designer Ellen Matthews. There are cabinets, shelving, vents, and windows to consider that can greatly impact the effect backsplash can have on a kitchen’s appearance. “Taking the backsplash all the way to the ceiling can create a sleek, modern look. It can also make the space feel taller and more open. A backsplash that stops at the bottom of the cabinets or at the backsplash level of the window is more traditional. This can create a more cozy and intimate feel,” advises Matthews.

Our knowledgeable readers and interior designers have willingly shared their two cents about whether tile should cover an entire wall, counter to ceiling, versus when it should stop within or beneath a set of cabinets. Ceiling height, kitchen size, and tile or slab material all play an important role in forming a pattern that is right for you, and we’re here to help you along the way with specially curated kitchens intended to educate and inspire.

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