How to Match Your Kitchen Countertops and Backsplash
In the world of kitchen remodeling, there are plenty of design trends to choose from and decisions that have to be made – including matching your kitchen countertops and backsplash.
Natural stone countertops are easily the largest and most used surface in your kitchen, but that doesn’t mean the backsplash isn’t equally important. If you’re busy brainstorming backsplash ideas and want to know how to match your kitchen countertops to your backsplash, we have a couple of crucial pointers that will help simplify this decision.
Pick a Durable Kitchen Countertop Before the Backsplash
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in design decisions, don’t get distracted by minor details. Ultimately, your kitchen countertops will be responsible for the brunt of the work in your kitchen. Therefore, it’s more important to select a highly durable countertop before you begin shopping for a backsplash.
Take the time to shop for a stone slab, and weigh the pros and cons of every material before installation. If you already know you want a more intricate backsplash, consider a sleek and minimal countertop design. A surface like quartz is ideal if you want a durable countertop, with minimal maintenance.
However, if you’re indifferent or uncertain about your kitchen backsplash, go for something bolder like granite or marble. From there, you can pick a simple white backsplash or glass tiles, so it doesn’t take away from your countertops.
Because most countertop installation occurs before your backsplash is installed, you’ll still have time to change your mind and explore your backsplash options.
Stick to A Color Scheme
Once you decide which durable kitchen countertop material fits your space, you can start shopping for a backsplash. When you’re shopping for a backsplash, it’s most important to find a surface that is within the same color scheme as your countertops. Generally, either the countertop or the backsplash is the ‘conversation starter’ of the kitchen – meaning one of these materials is where the eye naturally goes. If you’ve gone for a more muted countertop, the sky’s the limit for your backsplash.
If you love to live in neutrals, simple white subway tiles are always a safe choice for your kitchen. Subway tile also matches a variety of kitchen cabinets, so you’re not making a bold decision that will cause future home buyers to lose interest.
Materials like mosaic tile and ceramic tile tend to have more bold colors like greens, greys, and blue hues. These glass backsplashes are focal points in the kitchen and should have neutral-toned or white countertops. Something with lots of patterns and speckles, like granite, aren’t going to compliment these bolder design choices.
If you want to keep things minimal, but elegant, you can always decide to match your countertops to your backsplash by picking the same material. Not only does this simplify the design process – but it also creates a universally seamless finish, perfect for a modern kitchen.
While not everything has to match to perfection, your kitchen countertops and backsplash should offset one another nicely. Stick to either warm or cold color palettes, and don’t visually overwhelm the eye. They’ll have enough beauty to look at already!
Find the Focal Point
During the kitchen design process, it’s also essential to consider the focal point of your kitchen. For some, that might be glass or white cabinets, for others that could be a custom butcher block island. Either way, the focal point captures the viewer’s eye upon entering the kitchen.
While it’s important to find a durable kitchen countertop and a beautiful kitchen backsplash, you don’t want these design decisions to overwhelm the eye. If you’re going to build your kitchen around a statement island, or impressive stove, match your materials to the aesthetic of the focal point. If it’s sleek and straightforward, like an all-white kitchen, you can have more fun with your interior design ideas. However, if your focal point is something dark or vibrant, then you’ll want your countertops and backsplash to blend into the background.
When it comes to your kitchen, it’s best to choose a countertop material before you get too wrapped up in the design details. From there, you’ll be able to coordinate which backsplash material, pattern, and design will go best with your space. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, review our DIY design suggestions that will help you get to work in no time.