15 behind stove backsplash ideas to create a unique focal point

Kitchen backsplashes are a relatively small element of your kitchen that can create a big impact. Most often seen behind sinks to protect against water damaging the wall, they are also fantastic at making cooking splatters easy to clean.

With endless design options and various colors, patterns, and materials to choose from, a backsplash behind the stove can elevate your kitchen to something truly one-of-a-kind.

If you are thinking about a stainless steel or tiled backsplash behind your stove, have a look at the list below which includes the most inspiring behind-the-stove backsplash ideas.

Bold Emerald Green Tile Backsplash

This tile backsplash brings darker tones into the sage green kitchen and highlights the area around and behind the stove. The pale grout matches well with the white tones in the room while also serving as a point of contrast between the tiles to better showcase their coloring and shape.

With this being the only place with a tiled backsplash, everything comes together to place the cooking area at center stage.

A green tile backsplash behind the stove of a sage green kitchen

Styled by Johanna Bradford, photographed by Henrik Linden for Alvhem

Timeless Small White Subway Tile Backsplash

A subway tile backsplash is a classic choice due to the versatility of the tile and how effortless it is to style. This backsplash tile is taller than average around the whole kitchen, reaching from the bottom of the cabinets to the top of the countertop.

This along with the size of the tiles themselves allows for a natural extension of the backsplash up to the bottom of the range hood, creating pleasing lines while remaining functional in this white kitchen with black countertops.

A white kitchen with black countertops and a tile backsplash

Styled by Grey Deco, photographed by Fredrik J Karlsson for sale via Alvhem

A Dark-Toned Stone Backsplash for an Elegant Kitchen

A surefire way to bring a touch of luxury to the space, this backsplash is a natural continuation of the countertop, stretching from behind the stove. The stone slab incorporates the shades found throughout the kitchen to create a cohesive look.

With the thin lip of stone running the length of the counter, this bold kitchen backsplash immediately pulls the eye in. This allows for the stove to be the main attraction, which is perfect for showcasing innovative designs.

a green-grey marble backsplash behind the stove in a classic grey shaker kitchen

Styled by Mia Laaksonen, photographed by Henrik Linden for Alvhem

A Stainless Steel Kitchen Backsplash for Easy Cleaning

A fresh take on a classic design, a stainless steel backsplash not only protects walls but also lends itself to easy cleaning. Unlike wall tile, stainless steel doesn’t have any grout or texture for grease or food to get trapped in.

This example features the same tone and finish as the stove as well as matching hardware. Backsplashes like this one typically come with simple installation instructions making it a breeze to install behind the range.

A stainless steel backsplash behind a stainless steel stove

Styled by Studio Rydman, photographed by Frederic Boukari for Historiska Hem

Deep Inset Kitchen Backsplash Tiles for a Unique Design

Unlike other backsplash ideas that only cover a flat area behind the range, this elegant design creates a nook around the cooktop for extra protection. Similar to the look of a fireplace, this decorative wall is the ultimate kitchen backsplash for anyone who spends a lot of time cooking and is prone to the occasional splash.

The walls of this small space help to keep grease and food particles contained and your countertops clean.

A pale blue shaker kitchen with a brass backsplash behind the stove, from deVOL kitchens

via DeVol Kitchens

Light Grey Marble Backsplash to Protect Walls

Similar to the previous kitchen backsplash, this design keeps cooking splatters contained and the surrounding walls fully protected.

This backsplash is made of the same marble as the countertop for a sleek look while it spans around the back of the stove. The tiled range hood disguised as a continuation of the wall also helps to create a cozy environment while accentuating the cooktop.

A white marble backsplash behind the stove paired with a white tile stove hood

Photographed by Mia Borgelin for Historiska Hem

A Square White Tile Backsplash

This built-in cooking area with recessed backsplash tile brings elements found in the last two ideas together in a way that’s both modern and classic.

The wide cooking space flanked by glass-front cabinets is functional without sacrificing style. Meanwhile, the white tile backsplash with white grout is the perfect backdrop to the deep black stove and features a rod to help you keep your most used cooking tools within reach.

A kitchen with white shaker cabinets, farmhouse style, black countertops, checkered floor, chrome hardware, tile backsplash behind the stove

via Kvänum

Dark Stainless Steel for an Eye Catching Look

This stainless steel kitchen backsplash combines the advantages already mentioned – a smooth surface for easy cleaning, and a durable finish – with a bold coloring for a chic, dramatic look.

The size matches that of the range as you would expect of a backsplash behind the stove, but the extra width allows for an even more eye-catching focal point. The contrast between the backsplash and the paint of the walls intensifies the effect, a surefire way to impress your guests.

A stainless steel backsplash behind the stove in a grey farmhouse kitchen

via Nordiska Kök

A Distinctive Marbled Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash doesn’t have to consist of only straight, sharp lines. This backsplash continues the trend of using the same material as the countertops but adds a touch of character behind the stove that is echoed behind the sink.

The soft inverted curve in place of the typical sharp corners adds a graceful air to this kitchen. Additionally, the texture of the wood cabinets adds a rustic touch that contrasts with the marble just enough to make both stand out in their own way.

An oak kitchen inspired by mid-century English furniture, from deVOL kitchens

via DeVol Kitchens

Wide Backsplash to Add Texture and Contrast

These painted cabinets provide the perfect place for a wider-than-average kitchen backsplash. By allowing the backsplash to span the entire width of the upper cabinets, you can produce a decorative accent without the need for additional materials.

This creates a slightly minimalist feel that serves both form and function, protecting your wall from the odd splash while also being stylish and modern. The design could also be achieved with ceramic or glass tile, just be sure that it matches the coloring of the countertop to have the same effect.

A green kitchen with glass upper cabinets and a white marble backsplash behind the stove

via Nordiska Kök

A Modern Backsplash in a Small Kitchen

A small space doesn’t have to stand in the way of having the kitchen backsplash you’ve been dreaming of. This idea shows that a sophisticated and distinguished backsplash behind the stove can help brighten a small corner layout kitchen while providing a subtle decorative touch.

The bold yet soft gold tone of the cooktop combined with the gentle marbling creates a slightly art nouveau air while the worn green cabinetry provides a mild forest aesthetic.

a sage green corner kitchen with a white marble backsplash behind the stainless steel stove

via Kulladal

Thin, Vertical Tile Backsplash in Beige

Typically, long and thin tiles are used to make a herringbone backsplash. However, you can achieve a more unique tile backsplash by instead arranging all of the tiles in even, vertical rows. This calm pattern of tiles uses beige tones, however, a similar look can be reached with tiles in other colors when paired with matching palettes.

That being said, some may choose to experiment with dramatic pops of color in neutral surroundings to accentuate the pattern and the area around the cooktop as a whole.

A vertical tile backsplash behind the stove of a modern light grey kitchen

via Ballingslōv

A Framed Glass Tile Backsplash for a Remarkable Kitchen

Glass tile comes in a wide range of colors and finishes. It’s also often more reflective than its ceramic counterparts. Place this backsplash behind any number of stoves for a one-of-a-kind surface and pattern.

This particular backsplash is trimmed similarly to the picture frame moldings elsewhere, making the design even more unique.

A pink glass tile backsplash behind the stove in a white shaker kitchen

via Himlekök

Square Porcelain Tiles in a Classically Designed Kitchen

This penultimate idea showcases a kitchen that is distinctly old-world in its design. The tiles used in this backsplash are polished to a shine, yet the way the sit appears just imperfect enough to be hand-placed.

The design of these porcelain tiles makes a subtle yet obvious pattern by using thinner, longer pieces to produce a makeshift frame. This tile backsplash perfectly blends simplicity and craftsmanship into a timeless style.

A tile backsplash behind the stove in a classic grey farmhouse kitchen

via Kvanum

Mixed Shiplap and Marble Backsplash in an All-White Kitchen

In the last of our backsplash ideas, we’re bringing together many of the design elements we’ve taken a look at so far into a single design. This kitchen features both vertical shiplap and marbled surfaces, two persisting trends that pair well.

The inset around the stove definitively separates the materials without being jarring while the tones in each help bring depth to the space.

A white kitchen with a shiplap backsplash and a white marble backsplash behind the stove

via Kvanum

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