Full Height Quartz Backsplash

Here we share the full height quartz backsplash design guide with pros and cons and installation ideas for your home’s bathroom, kitchen, and behind the stove.
Modern black and cool kitchen with full height quartz backsplashOne of the elements that you can add to your bathroom or kitchen is a full height quartz backsplash. There are a variety of ways you can install a backsplash and having full height quartz is now becoming one of the favorites in designing. In understanding it better, let’s start with the basics.


What Is Full Height Quartz Backsplash

Beautiful kitchen features black counters full height backsplash and island with white woodwork and cabinetryA backsplash is a kitchen or bathroom element that can be installed in order to protect walls from oil spatters and water splashes. It serves as a protection for your walls to minimize cleanup tasks and hopefully have them last longer. One example of this is a full height quartz backsplash.  

A full height backsplash is wall protection that stretches from the countertop all the way to the ceiling (or the bottom of the top cabinets if available).

Usually, the full height backsplash starts 4 inches above the countertops. The height and how you install it are personal preferences, as well as the designs, colors, and materials. 

Some of the materials used for a full height backsplash include the following:

  • Tile – a popular classy option with a variety of options (e.g. subway tiles and mosaic tiles)
  • Marble – a popular option but preferred for bathrooms
  • Granite – attractive and durable, and easy to maintain too, making it a good option 
  • Quartz – an engineered stone that’s very popular as a backsplash (man-made to look like a natural stone)

When talking about full height quartz backsplash, it simply refers to a backsplash made from quartz and installed on the wall, starting from the top of the countertop to the ceiling or the bottom of the cabinet (if there is one installed). 

Quartz is a good material for a backsplash especially since it’s non-porous and it means that even with oil spills and splashes, they wouldn’t stain.

It’s easy to clean and maintain, which means that you won’t have to spend too much time and effort on its maintenance. Stay away from fire though since burn marks can appear in a full height quartz backsplash. 

How Thick Should A Quartz Backsplash Be?

Kitchen interior with island sink cabinets oven range backsplash and hardwood floorsQuartz offers a durable surface perfect for a backsplash. But how thick should a quartz backsplash be? 

Generally, a backsplash has between 3/31 to ¼ inch thickness. And this does not even have to consider what material the backsplash is made from (clay, glass, or even porcelain).

When it comes to quartz though, you would have to consider whether you will be using a quartz tile or a quartz slab. Quartz tiles have an average thickness between 3/16 to ¼ inches. Quartz slabs on the other hand have an average thickness of ¼ inches or 3 centimeters. 

This means that if you choose quartz slabs instead of quartz tiles, there is a higher chance that your quartz backsplash will be thicker. So decide first if you will use tiles or slabs. 

Full Height Backsplash Design Pros And Cons

Beige bathroom with marble style tiles and copper details like taps lamps and wall heaterNow, if you are thinking about installing a full height backsplash at home, make sure you know the pros and cons of doing so. This will help you weigh the benefits you can get and the probable downside you might experience.


Here are the benefits you can get from installing a full height backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom. 

Protects Bathroom/Kitchen Walls

Interior of a luxury fully tiled bathroom in loft apartmentA backsplashes main function is to protect the walls of your kitchen or bathroom from oil splatters and spills, as well as water sprays. And without the grease, water stains, steam, and other factors on the wall, it will last longer since damage will be prevented. 

Saves Space while Being Functional

A full height backsplash saves space while doing its job of protecting the walls. It is usually installed in areas where cabinets won’t obstruct it.  

Low Maintenance Needed

A backsplash is easy to clean and maintain, primarily because it’s part of its functions. 

Shows Visually Striking Aesthetics

You can add more aesthetics to your kitchen or bathroom through the full height backsplash. It adds texture to the room’s design. Matching it with your countertops will definitely help.

Choosing a quartz slab backsplash is the current modern trend but you can choose a different one if you want. Read more about how to choose a backsplash with quartz countertops to get more ideas.


Beautiful white bathroom with full height quartz backsplashMeanwhile, here are the possible downside of installing a full height backsplash.

Needs An Ample Wall Space

Since a full height backsplash extends up to the ceiling or the bottom of the cabinet (if available), you will need ample wall space for it to be great to look at while doing its function at the same time.

May Be Expensive for Large Bathrooms/Kitchens

For large kitchens and bathrooms, installing a full height backsplash can be an expensive project. This is especially costly for those with high ceilings since it stretches all the way up to the ceiling. 

Full Height Quartz Backsplash In Bathroom

Fully tiled bathroom interior with mirror bidet and showerInstalling a full height quartz backsplash in your bathroom can help lessen damage to your walls and at the same time add personality and texture. But do you really need one in your bathroom? 

Bathroom walls are prone to mildew and mold, which can damage the walls and force you to either treat them or replace your walls. A backsplash can help avoid all that. 

With a full height quartz backsplash, you can make the most out of its function and aesthetic value. It is non-absorbent and non-porous, perfect for keeping mold and mildew away. And its aesthetics is also mesmerizing and flexible that you can match it with different countertops. See our gallery of white quartz countertops here.

Full Height Quartz Backsplash In Kitchen

Spacious kitchen with tables and chairs full height backsplash cabinets and kitchenwareBesides your bathroom, the kitchen is another perfect place to install your full height quartz backsplash. It will keep your kitchen walls away from oil spills and splatters while you are cooking. And it can either be the focal point of your kitchen’s design or add texture to it. 

A full height quartz backsplash in the kitchen, whether slab or tile, provides elegance and sophistication. While this will depend on what countertops you match it with, this full height quartz backsplash is a great option to add boldness and drama to a plain kitchen design. See our guide to the different types of kitchen backsplash designs here.

Full Height Quartz Backsplash Behind Stove

Luxury kitchen accented with large granite kitchen island taupe tile backsplash natural brown wood cabinets and lots of natural lightOne of the ways you can install a full height quartz backsplash is by positioning it behind the stove. It can help accent your range or high-end cooktop

Since the kitchen is structured for cooking, installing the backsplash aligned with the stove means that the backsplash will be taking center stage and getting a lot of attention. If you choose to install it this way, make sure to go for a design that is worthy of that attention.

Check out the striking and sleek full height quartz backsplash. You can also go for something minimalist though if that is what you’re going for. 

For more related ideas, see our guide to quartz backsplash kitchen designs.

Written by Marisa - Author

Marisa Bolivar is an interior design writer with a passion for decorating and home design. She has a keen eye for aesthetics and specializes in rustic and minimalist styles that are budget-friendly.

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