Countertops and backsplashes should be water resistant with well sealed seams and edges, and it should be easy to clean.
The materials for backsplashes can be decorative tile, butcher blocks and ceramic tiles, latest solid surface materials, stainless steel, stone, concrete. Between all those options, there are endless possibilities when it comes to design. Decorative tile has been one of the most popular choice and usually runs from the bottom of the countertop till the cabinets.
All these materials are very easy to clean and scrubbable, and will be able to protect the wall and some of them are also suitable for countertops.