Pros and Cons of a Tumbled Stone Tile Backsplash

Are you looking for unique ideas specific to a new kitchen backsplash? If you tired of traditional solutions, and want something other than a cookie-cutter look, you might consider a tumbled stone tile backsplash. This process of “cleaning up” stones can be done with granite, marble, travertine, and so on. When used as a backsplash, the look is simply gorgeous but before you make a final decision for your remodeling project, it would be important to research different stones to identify the one you want to use.


The nice thing about using tumbled stone to create a backsplash or floor is that rather than the stone being rough and in a natural state, the tumbling process creates a smooth, polished look. Therefore, if you were interested in a cleaner, more elegant look for the splashback, whether in the kitchen or bathroom, going this route would be ideal. Chances are good that the stone would need to be installed by a professional simply because even small pieces would be heavy so the surface would need to be carefully prepared.

Another benefit of choosing this type of stone is that using small pieces of varying colors and hues, you could create different designs for kitchen backsplash tile murals. Obviously, creating a mural on the splashback would require more time and effort but with the installation complete, you would without doubt be the envy of the neighborhood. For this, you could have the tile installed by a contractor or consider peel and stick tumbled stone products that would allow you to handle installing the tile.


While the negative aspects of a wall in the kitchen covered with tumbled stone are minimal, you should consider a few things. For instance, whether going with natural stone, slate, travertine, etc, remember small and large pieces are going to be heavier than using prefabricated stone, ceramic, stainless steel, tin, and copper. Therefore, if you wanted to make the installation a do-it-yourself project, you must have the proper surface on which the stone would be applied. Additionally, the adhesive product used to install the stone would be a critical factor to success.

You will also find that both raw and tumbled stone tile backsplash products are going to be more expensive than prefabricated products. For this reason, it would be to your advantage to look at designs, followed by choosing one that would fit within your budget. Now, even with higher prices, by taking your time to shop around, you could easily find natural stone products that have been tumbled that are being sold at a discount.