Creating a Custom Backsplash

Reference Number: KB-02079
Last Modified: July 23, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors


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


Creating a custom backsplash that extends across a length of wall is easy to accomplish in Home Designer.

First, you will begin by turning off the automatically generated backsplash that would display when a Base Cabinet is placed against the wall, as simply increasing the height of this backsplash will not wrap around windows to accomplish the look you want to achieve.

To modify your Base Cabinet Defaults

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings , Cabinets, and double click on Base Cabinet.

  2. In the Base Cabinet Defaults dialog:

    • On the General panel, set the Backsplash Height  to 0", but leave the Thickness unchanged.

    • On the Door/Drawer panel, you can browse the Library to adjust the default cabinet Door and Drawer styles, as well as adjust the cabinet door hardware.

    • On the Materials panel, you can set up all of your cabinet materials for the countertop, cabinet box, door, drawer, and hardware.

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

Now that you have your Base Cabinet Defaults set up, you are ready to begin drawing in your plan.

To create a full backsplash behind the wall cabinets in Pro and Architectural

  1.  Select Edit> Default Settings Cabinets, and double click on Base Cabinet

  2. In the Base Cabinet Defaults dialog:

    • On the General panel, set the Backsplash Height  to 0", but leave the Thickness unchanged.

    • On the Material panel, set the Backsplash to the desired material from your Library.

  3. Select 3D> Create Camera View> Elevation, click and drag a camera view towards the desired wall(s).

  4. Now you can place your Backsplash by selecting Build> Cabinet> Custom Backsplash and selecting the appropriate walls.

    From here you can use the Edit Handles  to resize the Custom Backsplash to suit your needs.

To create a full backsplash behind the wall cabinets in Suite and Interiors

  1. For the purposes of this example, select Build> Wall> Straight Exterior Wall , then in a clockwise fashion, draw in a basic enclosed four-walled room.

  2. Next, select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet , and click against one of the walls to place several cabinets.

    Once you have a basic kitchen layout created and know where you want the full height of the backsplash to extend to, you are ready to change the wall's material.

  3. Select Build> Wall> Break Wall , and click once to place a break where you want the end of your backsplash to be.

  4. After placing the break, return to Select Objects mode, select the wall segment, and click on the Open Object edit tool.

  5. In the Wall Specification dialog, click on the Materials panel, select the Interior Wall Surface, and click on the Library Material button.

  6. In the Select Library Object dialog, browse to an appropriate material for your backsplash, select it, and click OK to return to the Wall Specification dialog.

    For the purposes of this example, browse to Materials> Tile> Patterned> Mosaic> Glass> Glass Tile 01.

  7. Click OK in the Wall Specification dialog to apply this change, then select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera , click and drag a camera view towards this wall to see the result.

  8. You can continue customizing this plan using additional objects, such as Cabinet Shelves , symbols from the Library Browser , or take this information and apply it to your own designs.