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.
Kitchen with black cabinets, chrome handles and hood One 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

Kitchen with black counters and island with white woodwork and cabinetry A splashboard 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.  

Full-height backsplashes are 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 backsplashes start 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 backsplashes 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 splashback (man-made to look like a natural stone)

When talking about full height quartz splashback, it simply refers to a wall accent 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). 

It is a good material for backsplashes 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 splashback. 

How Thick Should A Quartz Backsplash Be?

Kitchen with island with sink, cabinets, oven and range Quartz offers a durable surface perfect for a backsplash. But how thick should the backsplash be? 

Generally, a splashback has between 3/31 to ¼ inch thickness. And this does not even have to consider what material it 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 tile or slab. Tiles have an average thickness between 3/16 to ¼ inches. Slabs on the other hand have an average thickness of ¼ inches or 3 centimeters. 

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

Slab Backsplash Design Pros And Cons

Beige bathroom with marble style tiles and copper details Now, 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

Bathroom with skylight, sloped wall and gilded mirror A 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 splashback 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 splashboard 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 splashboard. It adds texture to the room’s design. Matching it with your countertops will definitely help.

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


Bathroom with vanity with dual sink and tub Meanwhile, here are the possible downsides of installing a full-height splashboard.

Needs An Ample Wall Space

Since a full height splashback 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.

Maybe Expensive for Large Bathrooms/Kitchens

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

Quartz Panel Backsplash in Bathroom

Bathroom with frameless mirror, basin and shower area Installing a full-height splashback 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 splashback can help avoid all that. 

With a full-height splashback, 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. Its aesthetics are also mesmerizing and flexible, and you can match it with different countertops. See our gallery of white quartz countertops here.

Quartz Slab-Type Backsplash in Kitchen

Kitchen with checkered floor tiles, tables and chairs with backsplash Besides your bathroom, the kitchen is another perfect place to install your floor-to-ceiling splash guard. It will keep your kitchen walls away from oil spills and splatters while cooking. And it can either be the focal point of your kitchen’s design or add texture to it. 

A floor-to-ceiling splash guard in the kitchen, whether slab or tile, provides elegance and sophistication. While this will depend on what countertops you match it with, this splash guard with maximum reach 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 Backsplash Made of Quartz Behind Stove

Kitchen with large granite island and natural brown wood cabinets One of the ways you can install an engineered stone splashback with maximum reach 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 splashback aligned with the stove means that the splashback will be taking center stage and get 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 quartz splashback with maximum reach. 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.

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