Ideas For Choosing a Backsplash for White Cabinets

It’s no secret that white kitchen cabinets continue to rise in popularity as the trendy color choice for a number of styles. However, choosing a backsplash for white cabinets is an entirely different story. With so many colors, patterns and styles, selecting a backsplash can be overwhelming.

backsplash for white cabinets

If you find yourself in need of inspiration for the best backsplash for white cabinets, then you’re in the right place. Take a look at these gorgeous kitchens below, you’re bound to find one that catches your eye.

Why Choose to Install Backsplash With White Cabinets?

Choosing a Backsplash for White Cabinets

There’s many reasons to install a good backsplash in your kitchen aside from the obvious decorative advantages. One great reason is the added value to your home.

While it can seem like a small addition, backsplash makes a huge visual impact, especially in those realtor photos. A nice backsplash not only looks great but is sure to add some worth along the way.

Likely one of the main reasons for installation though is the fact that backsplash can provide protection to your walls while cooking.

No need to worry about ingredients or moisture penetrating your walls, creating mold and bacteria. With the backsplash there, your walls not only stay protected but become super easy to clean. It’s a win-win.

Backsplash Ideas For White Cabinets

Marble for a Touch of Opulence

Marble for a Touch of Opulence
Peter Cadoux Architects

While marble technically falls under the category of stone options below, it’s just too good not to have its own spotlight.

This marble design by Peter Codoux Architects is a prime example of such a timeless choice. It not only coordinates with white cabinets, but also works well alongside many styles.

The ability to choose the color and size of the marble veins makes it such a versatile option for kitchen backsplash with white cabinets.

Let’s face it though, it’s not your cheapest option. This can definitely be a stumbling block for those whose hearts were set on this ageless style.

Luckily, there is a simple (and trendy) fix that can give you the best of both world. Choose a backsplash for the majority of your kitchen, and then use a marble slab over the cooktop area.

This trend has been popping up everywhere and is perfect for those who want the marble touch without the price tag.

A Neutral for Every Style

A Neutral for Every Style
West Trade Interiors

Pretty on Pomfret shows that while neutral might sound like a plain choice, it’s anything but that. Neutral backsplashes come in a multitude of designs meaning you can keep your fresh color palate without sacrificing style.

Subway and herringbone tiles have been a popular choice as of late. They offer dimension, but generally stick to neutrals which make it easy to keep the clean look white cabinets are known for.

From beiges to grays, your white cabinet backsplash options are endless.

Mosaic Tiles for a Unique Design

Mosaic Tiles for a Unique Design
Exquisite Kitchen Design

Mosaic tiles may not be one of the most popular choices in backsplashes for white kitchen cabinets but it’s certainly a good one. Mosaic designs provide interesting patterns and create an amazing focal point for those seeking something a little more fun in their cook space.

Their design against the blank slate of white cabinetry is sure to make the backsplash a statement piece in your kitchen, as shown in the above photo by Cherry Hills. Additionally, mosaics are made in an array of materials, which make it a great option for any budget.

Install Brick for a Cozy Country Feel

Install Brick for a Cozy Country Feel
Set To Sell

Whether you’re aiming for a traditional look with red brick or farmhouse style with something more white washed, you can’t go wrong with brick as a backsplash for white cabinets.

The contrast in textures and colors make it a unique addition, along with the ability to play with grout lines to create a more clean or rustic result depending on your style. The example from Set To Sell above really shows how much your grout choice plays into the end product.

Not 100% sold on the reds and browns of the brick vibe but love the texture it brings? Grab your brush and paint it a solid white for a neutralizing effect with all the benefits of brick.

Textured Tiles for Added Dimension and Depth

Textured Tiles for Added Dimension and Depth
Shirley Parks Design

Not as common but more than impressive is the idea of using textured backsplashes for white kitchen cabinets. You might be thinking most backsplashes already appear textured in a way, but when you look further into the textured tile niche you’ll come to discover a plethora of special designs set apart from the rest.

They don’t just seem to pop off the wall, many of them actually do in a very 3-D way. Textured tile comes in so many shapes, sizes and colors, you can truly make your vision a tangible reality.

The picture from Shirley Parks Design above makes it easy to see how the right textured backsplash can literally jump off the wall.

Bold Colors for a Statement Piece

Bold Colors for a Statement Piece
GCDD Group

If you’re looking for something a little less mainstream and a lot more edgy, bold is the way to go for your backsplash with white cabinets. It’s all about the bright colors and distinctive patterns, that’s what makes a bold backsplash.

There really are no rules when bold is involved. Eclectic, elegant, vintage, whatever your heart desires, bold patterns cover a multitude of styles.

GCDD Group shows us how it’s done with their vibrant, quirky kitchen creation shown above.

Wood Backsplash for an Earthy Feel

Wood Backsplash for an Earthy Feel
Hello Kitchen

Wood backsplash can be tricky but also worth the extra effort. Real wood can be done, but is often avoided unless major efforts are taken to seal it as wood surfaces can be breeding grounds for bacteria and mold when exposed to moisture.

That said, the trend toward a more practical alternative emerged in the form of wood look tile. Thankfully an alternative was found, because wood backsplash with white cabinets is most definitely a showstopper.

Classic brown tones or whitewashed for a lighter look, wood backsplash brings warmth and earthiness to the kitchen, unlike any other option. Hello Kitchen’s country living kitchen is the perfect example of wood backsplash done right.

Metal for a Sleek Finish

Metal for a Sleek Finish
Cary Bernstein Architect

From steel to copper, you’ve got choices in both style and color when it comes to metal backsplash. Its sleek appearance gives the kitchen a clean feel while adding to the overall aesthetic in a more subtle way.

Easy to clean and extremely durable, metal backsplashes are a simple choice for those seeking more contemporary options.

Cary Bernstein Architect shows off their all stainless steel backsplash with white cabinets in the gorgeous photo above.

Stone Backsplash Makes for a Charming Undertone

Stone Backsplash Makes for a Charming Undertone
Laura Hunt Design

Much like brick, stone backsplash can add a touch of country texture that compliments a variety of styles. Its ability to bring an organic, natural feel allows it to blend well with other materials traditionally used in the kitchen setting.

Stone also comes in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Whether you’re aiming for a more polished look with stacked stones or something that leans rustic with river rocks, there’s something for everyone.

Laura Hunt Design gives us a good idea above of how a stacked stone can bring a country feel to the kitchen without being too rustic. With so much charm, stone should definitely make the short list of backsplash for white cabinets.



Last, but certainly not least is geometric backsplash. Coupling a bold geometric pattern backsplash with white cabinets is easily a winner based on contrast alone.

From funky to simply fresh, you’ve got plenty of colors and geometric patterns to give your kitchen the modern flare your heart desires. Heather Banks provides an example above of just how powerful a geometric pattern can be with her stunning black and white backsplash.

TIP: Are you renting right now, unable to make more permanent improvements? No worries. There are several options for peel and stick wallpapers and tiles that will suit any style.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

What is the most popular backsplash?

Ceramic tiles are the most popular in terms of material used. Due to their affordability and ease of care, it’s the obvious choice. As far as actual style goes, it’s hard to say as that’s based on overall aesthetic. However, subway tile has without a doubt been a popular choice as of late.

Do my backsplash and countertops need to match?

In short, no. While the answer to this is totally up to personal preference, the days of matching are far behind us. Most people aim for a more eclectic look these days, so you don’t need to worry about your backsplash matching your countertops.

What color grout should I use?

That’s entirely up to you. If you’re unsure what to choose, grab some sample tiles (netted would be easiest) from the store and a few grout choices you like. Apply the grout, let it dry and then stand it up on your countertops for a few days to decide which you’re drawn to more.

Do I actually need backsplash in my kitchen?

Backsplash isn’t so much a need as it is an investment. It adds worth to your home and also acts as a protectant for your walls against cooking messes and mildew. While it’s not a must, it’s a logical choice.


Backsplash has the power to change the entire character of your kitchen space. Fortunately, choosing a backsplash for white cabinets can be an effortless task since you’re dealing with such a neutral cabinet color.

From modern to traditional, rustic to contemporary…no matter what your style is, there’s no shortage of backsplash ideas for white kitchen cabinets. Take your kitchen to the next level and start planning your backsplash project today.