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Where to Start and End a Backsplash in Every Room

Where to Start and End a Backsplash in Every Room

16th Aug 2019

For home remodelers who’ve finally selected the perfect mosaic tile, you’ll soon find that the struggle to create aesthetically-pleasing backsplash does not stop at choosing the tile.

In fact, even the most beautiful tile can appear sloppy and uneven without the proper installation. A question that begs to be answered is: Where do I start and end my backsplash?

Follow along as we share where to start an end a backsplash in any room for a natural and neat installation.

Tiling Rules for Where to Start and End Backsplash

Start From the Bottom

To top our list of tiling rules, start your tiling project from the bottom! For your space, this may mean the point where the wall meets countertop or where the bathroom sink meets the vanity. Wherever this might be, start your project anew in this area.

In this case, you will be able to assess the progression of the project and decide how you would like to proceed.

Align the Edges From Top to Bottom

If you’re looking for where to end a backsplash, start here! This may⁠—or may not⁠—be apparent for first time designers, but for a tidy finish, it is in your best interest to work a backsplash all the way to the bottom of the cabinets.

What does that mean?

A good rule of thumb is to always align your tile with the edges of the upper cabinet and the lower cabinet. This tactic ensures a neat and seamless transition from tile to wall space.

(Note: Take notice of how the end of the glass backsplash aligns with the upper and lower set of cabinets. Overall, this attention to detail ensures a clean and neat finish.)

Special Considerations: Every situation is different! For example, your countertop extends beyond the upper cabinet space. For the most aesthetic appearance, you should end the backsplash with the upper cabinet.

Tile Cabinet Walls

Cabinets! If you’ve done your due diligence, then you’ve chosen the perfect backsplash and meticulously paired it with the perfect set of cabinets. Nevertheless, one haphazardly placed tile can ruin this hard work and the kitchen ambiance. For this reason, it is important to scrutinize your space to determine where to start and end your backsplash.

In this section, there are two rules of thumb that are especially helpful when tiling kitchens with wall cabinets. These rules also apply to bathroom vanities.

  • Tile the entire wall.
  • Tile half the wall.

Each space is unique with its own challenges such as light switches, outlets, and one-of-a-kind fixtures. Tiling the entire wall is an easy tactic to avoid the hassle of aligning cabinet edges with backsplashes. Nevertheless, when the time is taken to properly place a half wall, it can be a homeowner's dream come true.

Special Considerations: Bathroom vanity, kitchen sink, and kitchen stove backsplashes play a unique role in room design. The functional role of a backsplash in these spaces is to protect the wall from inevitable splashes.

By all means, following previous rules, start from the bottom and determine whether a short, half or full backsplash will meet your functional and aesthetic goals. Often times, this decision is influenced by the rest of the room design.

Seek Out the Professionals

There’s always an exception to the rule! If you are struggling to determine which tile is right for your space or how to design a wall tile pattern, or otherwise contact Unique Building Concepts.


The professionals at Unique Building Concepts and their nationwide team of authorized dealers have the extensive industry knowledge to help you make your vision a reality. Contact Unique Building Concepts to start your dream space!