6 Stunning Backsplash Materials for Your Outdoor Kitchen

By expanding your patio or deck area to include an outdoor kitchen, you are adding another room to your home.

In terms of design, your outdoor kitchen’s backsplash is the canvas.

By expanding your patio or deck area to include an outdoor kitchen, you are adding another room to your home. Not only will you be able to prepare food while spending time outdoors, you will also add value to your property.

Beyond that, an outdoor kitchen allows you the freedom to expand your living space, providing more room for entertaining guests.  

Your Kitchen Design’s Canvas

Your alfresco galley can be as simple or as elaborate as your budget permits. That means you’ll be doing a good deal of planning. Apart from a grill, storage systems, and a countertop, your backyard kitchen will need a backsplash.

In terms of design, your outdoor kitchen’s backsplash is the canvas. That’s why much of its overall look will depend on the material you use and choose.

Here’s a quick perusal of the best backsplash materials for your outdoor kitchen.

Ceramic, Porcelain, and Glass Tiles

Ceramic, porcelain, and glass tiles are sturdy, waterproof materials. They are perfect for an outdoor kitchen backsplash. The tiles come in an assortment of colours, shapes, sizes, designs, and textures.

You can choose one solid colour or create a checkerboard pattern with two colours. You can also install a mosaic using several different colours.

Ceramic, porcelain, and glass tiles are sturdy, waterproof materials.
Ceramic, porcelain, and glass tiles are sturdy, waterproof materials.

Galvanized Steel

Inexpensive and incredibly durable, galvanized steel panels give your outdoor kitchen a modern, industrial-chic look. The panels can be easily cut to size and screwed to the backing, which makes them excellent material for a DIY outdoor kitchen.

Inexpensive and incredibly durable, galvanized steel panels give your outdoor kitchen a modern, industrial-chic look.
Inexpensive and incredibly durable, galvanized steel panels give your outdoor kitchen a modern, industrial-chic look. (Source:branderdesign.com)

Wood Pallet

For a simple, natural outdoor look, you can use wooden pallet boards as a backsplash. A pallet will bring a warm and natural atmosphere to your backyard kitchen. For stronger aesthetic appeal, you can choose pallet wood as a charming and attractive counterbalance for modern cooking kitchen equipment.

For a simple, natural outdoor look, you can use wooden pallet boards as a backsplash.
For a simple, natural outdoor look, you can use wooden pallet boards as a backsplash.
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Natural Stone

Natural stone tiles like marble and granite can give your outdoor kitchen both a luxurious feel and a rustic vibe. Much will depend on the type of stone material you choose. Natural stone are at once durable and dramatic. Using larger tiles or slabs will reduce the number of grout lines, making your backsplash easier to clean.

Natural stone tiles like marble and granite can give your outdoor kitchen both a luxurious feel or a rustic vibe.
Natural stone tiles like marble and granite can give your outdoor kitchen both a luxurious feel and a rustic vibe. (Source: housebeautiful.com)

Pebbles

Pebbles are a popular choice for a variety of home improvement projects right now. The trend will likely continue. Pebble mosaics create a lively, eye-catching backsplash that’s durable, weatherproof, and easy to maintain.

You can use multi-coloured rocks to produce patterns such as circles or waves. You can also use pebbles of the same colour to create a more restrained, monochromatic look.

Pebble mosaics create a lively, eye-catching backsplash that’s durable, weatherproof, and easy to maintain.
Pebble mosaics create a lively, eye-catching backsplash that’s durable, weatherproof, and easy to maintain.

Brick

A backsplash of new or reclaimed brick will give your outdoor kitchen a beloved classic look. Using solid bricks will increase your kitchen’s durability, but the brick veneer is easier to install.  You can choose from authentic brick veneers or less-expensive synthetic brick veneers made from porcelain and concrete. Both are attractive, durable options.

A backsplash of new or reclaimed brick will give your outdoor kitchen a beloved classic look.
A backsplash of new or reclaimed brick will give your outdoor kitchen a beloved classic look.
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Limitless imagination? Countless options.

Of course, you’re not limited to just one material. You can mix and match materials for a more dramatic and colourful backsplash.

You can sprinkle glass mosaic tiles on the slate, or combine pebbles and stone tiles. Stainless steel paired with wood, glass, or slate makes stunning combinations, as well.

The fact is that – in designing a beautiful, functional outdoor kitchen backsplash – your options are limited only by your imagination.

Take a look at the backsplash ideas below for inspiration. Create a backsplash that is tough and practical while giving your outdoor kitchen a consistent, complete look.

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