A quick and easy DIY way to change the look of your kitchen is with backsplash. Peel and stick backsplashes are easy to install, affordable and can make your kitchen look totally renovated.
One of the advantages of peel and stick backsplashes is that they’re so easy to install. You don’t need any special tools – you just peel off the backing and stick them on the wall.
The only tricky part is measuring and cutting. Sometimes you’ll have to cut some of them to fit the space, and then get them aligned with the other sections of backsplash. But this just takes some patience.
A self-adhesive liner can make the whole job look nicer and cover imperfect edges. Then you don’t have to fuss so much over getting the tiles cut and aligned perfectly. And a dremel with a diamond bit can help with cutting.
Another nice thing about these is that they come in so many colors, patterns and materials, including vinyl, glass, metal and tile. Pick a design that matches your existing decor or one that adds some color to that all-white kitchen you thought looked so fresh a couple of years ago.
The downside is that peel and stick backsplashes may not be as durable as traditional ones, and sometimes heat and humidity will cause the adhesive to fail. Adding some extra adhesive when you install them is a good preventative measure.
If they do start to come off from moisture over time, you can always add more adhesive then and reapply.
What to Look For in Tile Backsplashes
Here’s what I looked at in reviews while selecting these (read how we pick products):
Do they look like real tile? Some are just flat vinyl prints that don’t feel like actual 3D tiles at all or reflect light like tile does. I didn’t include any of those.
Do they stick? If I saw consistent complaints about them not sticking, I didn’t include them.
Are they hard to apply? With any of these, some measuring and patience is required. But if there are a lot of complaints about getting them to line up – or mentions of them not being the size they claim – I skipped them.
Style and Color. You probably have an idea what sort of color you want, but you’ll also need to choose a style. These backsplash tiles mimic several tile styles: subway, arabesque, mosaic, herringbone or chevron, etc.
Peel and Stick Backsplashes for Kitchens
STICKGOO Hexagon Beige Marble with Metal Gold
This is a stunning hexagon shaped backsplash with gold looking trim. It really does look like metal and marble, the way it reflects light.
Some people report it being hard to cut, but other reviewers say it cuts with kitchen scissors, and the whole trick is to measure correctly.
Colorful Talavera Mexican Tile (10 Sheets)
Sometimes you want colors and patterns, and that's when Talavera tiles are your best friends. These backsplash tiles are so much easier to apply than real tiles.
They have some dimension and reflect light like real tiles, so they look like the real deal. They also come in several different colors and patterns - something to go with every kitchen.
Subway Tiles, Thicker Design
Subway tiles are a classic look, with the rectangle tiles and grout between them. This peel and stick version comes in white tile with black grout, black tile with white grout, white tile with white grout, and lots of other color options with white grout.
Because they have a thicker design, they will look more like real tiles with dimension.
These are also easy to line up and apply. Note that they have a very strong adhesive, so once you apply, they'll be very hard to move.
Black Subway Tiles
And you can't beat the beautiful, elegant look of black subway tiles. If this is the bold dramatic statement you're after, this is the set for you.
DICOFUN White & Black Checkerboard Tiles
Not every kitchen can take it, but a black and white checkerboard pattern can be stunning and dramatic.
Blujellyfish Metallic Glass Mosaic Tiles Silver Gray
You want glass and mirrors? You got it! These are real glass tiles and they pack so much shiny drama into each square.
If the pattern would be overwhelming for your whole kitchen (or shower, or bath...), use them as trim along with some more subdued tiles.
URCOLOR Beige Marble Subway Tile
Here's a multi-colored version of subway tiles. There's an option with shades of marbled beige and brown, another with shades of marbled gray, and a third with shades of blue, gray, black and white all together.
Easy Install Beige Marble Tiles
This is probably the easiest set to install on this page, because the actual sheets are square. Aligning them is a snap - like aligning two pieces of paper. And the only cutting you'll need to do is when you run into corners or edges in your kitchen.
And yet, they look terrific and come in colors from white to black.
AULIGET 100 Piece PVC Tile Rustic Brick
Instead of a sheet of tiles, you get one peel and stick tile at a time with these. But they're very easy to apply next to each other, and you can choose whether you want a stacked or alternating layout.
STICKGOO 10 Sheets Peel and Stick Carrara White
This pattern is really different! It looks like diamond shaped carrara marble tiles with little square tiles in between. The square tiles look almost like little jewels in the right light.
DICOFUN Colorful Glass Peel and Stick Quartz Mosaic Tiles
These are amazing looking because they're real tiles mounted on a sheet that stick to the wall. They come in several colors, including an irridiscent white that looks like abalone.
They're hard to cut if you need to cut the actual tiles, but most of the time it's possible to just cut between them, which is easy to do with scissors.
STICKGOO 10-Sheet Teal Arabesque Tile Peel and Stick Backsplash, 12”X12” Self Adhesive Wall Tiles, Stick on Backsplash for Kitchen & Bathroom (Pack of 10, Thicker Design)
Arabesque patterns are gorgeous. This one comes in several color options, from a sedate white marble to this teal and a striking multicolor option.
The one disadvantage with arabesque is that it can be tricky to align the tiles, which is to be expected because of the odd shape. But it's worth the extra work if you love the look.
STICKGOO Herringbone Tile Backsplash
This herringbone or chevron pattern is fascinating! The color is a subdued white marble, but the shape is attention grabbing.
The downside is that they can be hard to cut. And like arabesque, any funky shape is harder to line up perfectly than one that's rectangular.
Vamos Tile 10- Sheet Peel and Stick Backsplash Tiles
This multi-colored geometric pattern of long mosaic tiles is a mix of muted blues and beiges that will add some pop while still being relatively neutral. There are several other color options available.
Vamos Tile Long Hexagon Peel and Stick Backsplash - 10 Sheets
Long hexagons have an elegant look as backsplash. They're shown here in white marble, but come in shades like "Brazilian green marble" and "rusty slate", too.
WalDecoo Hexagon Peel and Stick Backsplash
These simple hexagon tile squares are shown here in a beautiful sage green. They also come in quite a few other color options.
They have enough dimension and light reflection to pass for real tiles.