The Pros and Cons of Full Backsplash
May 24, 2023
Full Backsplash


Learn about the pros and cons of full backsplash, what it is, and its functionality to see if it will be a good option in your kitchen.

Whether you’re a cook, a home designer, or simply a homeowner thinking about a kitchen remodel, you’ve probably heard about backsplashes. As a design feature, they have steadily gained popularity in recent years.

But what exactly are full backsplashes, and how do they differ from regular ones? And what are their advantages and disadvantages? Let’s dive into these questions and explore the world of backsplashes.

What is a Full Backsplash?

Unlike a standard backsplash that typically rises 4 inches behind the countertops, a full one extends all the way up to the cabinets and the ceiling.

Full backsplash offers an expansive, continuous look that can dramatically change the aesthetic of your kitchen. It can be made from any material we have in stock, including granite, quartz, marble, quartzite, porcelain, and more.


1. Enhanced Aesthetic Appeal

A full backsplash can add a visual punch to your kitchen. It serves as a dramatic backdrop, creating a strong design statement. Whether you opt for a solid, uniform design or a bold, vibrant pattern, it can elevate your kitchen design to new heights.

2. Greater Wall Protection

Full backsplashes offer increased protection to your walls, guarding against water, oil splatters, and other kitchen messes, which can be especially helpful if you have high ceilings or tall cooking and prepping areas.

3. Easy Maintenance

Depending on the material, most backsplashes are easy to clean. Simply wiping down the surface with a wet towel can keep your kitchen looking fresh and neat.

4. Increased Home Value

Given their visual impact and practicality, full backsplashes can contribute to increasing your home’s resale value. They signal to potential buyers that the kitchen is well-designed and well-maintained.


1. Higher Cost

As full backsplashes cover more wall area than standard ones, they require more material, which can increase the cost of your kitchen remodel.

2. More Complex Installation

Fully raised backsplashes often involve working around cabinets, windows, and appliances, making the installation process more complex and potentially more time-consuming.

3. Potential for Design Overload

While a backsplash covering the whole back wall can be a striking feature, it’s important to consider your overall kitchen design. An elaborate backsplash combined with other busy patterns or colors in the room can lead to a cluttered or overwhelming look.

4. Less Flexibility for Change

Once installed, changing such a big backsplash can be a significant project, both in terms of effort and cost.

Matarazzo countertops with full backsplash.

Dolomite Kitchen
Labeled image of Mogastone slab yard.


Full backsplashes can add character to your kitchen while providing enhanced protection and ease of cleaning. However, it’s essential to consider factors like cost, complexity of installation, and design versatility before making your choice. Ultimately, the decision should be based on your personal style, budget, and the overall design of your kitchen.

To see more examples of backsplash, visit our gallery page.

Call us at (919) 465-1644 or visit our showroom in Cary to get an estimate and see what it would cost for your project. Estimates are free, and there is no obligation.

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