Creating a Backsplash

Reference Number: KB-02079
Last Modified: July 21, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


I would like to create a backsplash behind my base cabinets. How can I create this in Home Designer? 

Chevron tile applied to a full height backsplash


A backsplash can be easily created by adjusting the Backsplash settings in the Cabinet Specification or Defaults dialog. In Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro, you can also use the Custom Backsplash drawing tool.

To create a backsplash using base cabinets

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the cabinets you'd like to add a backsplash to, and click on the Open Object  edit tool.

    You may want to make the following adjustments in your Base Cabinet Defaults so that the backsplash settings apply to all base cabinets that are created going forward.

  2. In the Base Cabinet Specification or the Base Cabinet Defaults dialog that displays:

    Base Cabinet Specification dialog where the Backsplash can be modified

    • On the General panel, check the Backsplash box, then set the Height and Thickness to your desired values.

      Note: Check the Side box to add the backsplash to the side of the cabinet if it is against a wall or a taller cabinet.

      Check the Always Present box to display the backsplash at all times. If unchecked, a backsplash is present only when the cabinet is against a wall.

    • On the Materials panel, select the Backsplash component and change its material to your liking.

  3. Once you have completed making changes in this dialog, click OK and if necessary, click Done.

To create a custom backsplash*

*Applies to Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro only.

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings  from the menu.

  2. In the Default Settings dialog, expand the Cabinets category, select the Custom Backsplash option, then click Edit.

  3. On the Structure panel of the Custom Backsplash Defaults that displays, select the Edit button beside Material Layers to adjust the Material and the Thickness of the backsplash to your liking.

    Click the Edit button in the Custom Backsplash Defaults dialog

  4. Click OK and Done to close the dialogs once your desired changes have been made.

  5. Next, select 3D> Create Camera View> Cross Section/Elevation or Wall Elevation , then click and drag a camera view towards the desired wall(s) you want to create a backsplash on.

    In Home Designer Pro, navigate to 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section/Elevation or Wall Elevation  instead.

  6. With the view open, navigate to Build> Cabinet> Custom Backsplash from the menu, then click and drag in your desired location to create the backsplash on the wall.

    Custom backsplash placed onto the wall

  7. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on the backsplash to select it, and use the edit handles to reshape and resize the backsplash to suit your needs.

    Edit the backsplash using the edit handles.

    Note: You can use the Break Line edit tool when the backsplash is selected to place break points along a desired edge. This will provide greater flexibility for adjusting the shape of the backsplash.