Backsplashes should go behind the stove and between the countertop and the bottom of the upper cabinets, but not behind the fridge. The backsplash should be wherever there will be food and water splatter, but not where it can't be seen.
Do put a backsplash behind your cooktop and hood vent.
Many homeowners will put accent tile behind their cooktop and hood vent to act as a feature in the kitchen. Grease, bubbling sauce, steam and other elements coming from your stove make for a messy cleaning job. Having a backsplash there will eliminate the headache.
Granite, stone and other natural or composite materials are also commonly used in backsplashes, whether in tile form or as larger pieces. These higher-end materials will mean an increase in budget, but also a stunning and long-lasting stove backsplash. Stainless steel is another popular option for stove backsplashes.
Splashbacks can be installed over existing tiles, providing they're securely attached to the wall and there are no cracks or broken tiles which might impact the adhesion of the panel. Make sure the tiles are level with no high spots and remove any uneven tiles which might distort the final surface of the splashback.
Backsplash height should be all the way from the Countertop to the bottom of upper cabinets. I strongly suggest designing it like this, otherwise, it will look outdated like on the bottom image. Also, it protects water spillage much better if it is made all the way up to upper cabinets.
Can I use peel-and-stick backsplash panels behind the stove? Most—but not all—peel-and-stick backsplashes are heat resistant and pose no problem if installed behind a stove.
To create a barrier between your backsplash and the food in your kitchen, apply a sealant to both the tile and grout. Sealant is water resistant and will protect even porous tile from damage. You can even periodically reseal your backsplash if necessary.
Grease splatters, steam and even heat from the stove and oven could melt or warp inferior materials, such as the average plastic. For this reason, ceramic, porcelain, glass or metal tiles are a great choice for the area closest to the cooking.
Always install the tile to the wall, under appliances, and cabinets. Good flooring could be in place for 20 years or more. In that time there could be water leaks, appliance failures cabinet damage that requires replacement, electrical problems that require cabinets to be moved, etc...
Backsplashes need to line up with the upper cabinet.
Align the tile backsplash with the upper cabinet. It doesn't have to align with both although that would be nice! Usually the end of the backsplash tile, if aligned with the uppers, will die ON TOP OF the countertop below.
The first would be to tile to the bottom of the vent hood, which should come up a bit from the upper cabinets. The second option would be to tile behind the hood and finish it with a trim piece. If you go this route I would add crown moulding to the top of your cabinets, as it may appear unfinished.
A countertop needs to be installed before the backsplash is put on the walls above the countertop.
Since a backsplash is a vertical surface, can you get away with leaving it unsealed? Here's your answer: if a homeowner is serious about maintaining their natural stone wall tile, then daily cleaning and two to three applications of sealer every year is a must.
For a more modern or industrial look, stainless steel provides a durable material option for a kitchen backsplash. Sheets of flat steel are easily affixed to the wall and the material itself is heat-resistant and very easy to clean.
Your peel and stick Smart Tiles will resist heat, even if it's possible to remove them when they are warmed up.
Peel-and-stick tiles provide a cheap backsplash idea that's easier to install than traditional tile. The self-adhesive backing can be applied directly to the wall with no grout needed. The wide range of patterns lets you recreate the look of a bold tile backsplash without the high cost.
Standard Backsplash Height
In general, the backsplash is installed to the height of four inches from the surface of the countertop. These backsplashes can be of any material or color, but we suggest that it compliments the cabinets and the countertops.
We usually install the hood over the tile (meaning after the tile install) but will not install the tile until I have test fit the hood and verified that everything is correct.
Backsplashes placed near the cooking range typically go all the way up to the bottom end of the overhead cabinets. Backsplashes near the sink can be made short. Having this on the side wall of the kitchen counter may not always cause an aesthetic problem to the overall look-and-feel of the kitchen.
Attach the Splashback to the Wall
In between each strip of foam tape, apply some translucent silicone. Press the splashback firmly against the wall, ensuring it is flush. Wipe away any silicone that squirts from the edge before it dries. Wait for at least 24 hours for the silicone to dry and clean in necessary.