How to Match Your Backsplash and Countertop

Calacatta Vagli Marble Countertops with Mosaic Tile Backsplash

When it comes to designing your dream kitchen, there are two major decisions you will have to make – the type of backsplash and countertop. In order for your kitchen to look clean and cohesive, you need to make sure your backsplash and countertop complement one another. This guide will go over everything you need to know about how to ensure your kitchen is arranged perfectly.

Where to Start…

Where do you start such a project with so many choices, styles and colors out there? Similar colors aren’t always the key to a perfect match. You must also consider the amount of movement and finish of your countertop to create a look you will love. We recommend that you create a vision board that incorporates the colors, materials and style you are going for. This will help you visualize your new space.

It is common practice to select your countertop first because it is a more significant investment than your backsplash. From a practical standpoint, your countertop is also installed first. Once it is installed, you can then take home sample backsplash tiles to see how they look with the rest of your design.

Color and Movement

Blue Roma Quartzite Kitchen Counters
Blue Roma Quartzite Kitchen Countertop and White Subway Tile Backsplash

The aesthetic of your countertop will play an important role in choosing your backsplash. Consider using a color wheel to decide which colors will complement your kitchen design. It is common practice to choose a backsplash that has a color matching the movement of your countertop or at the very least aligns with the color palette of your kitchen.

You also want to consider the amount of movement in your countertop. You don’t want your backsplash and countertop to compete with one another. For example, if you have a quartz countertop with uniform movement, you have the option of either choosing a minimalistic approach of a neutral backsplash or amp up your selection with a more intricate design.

Another popular option is to use the same material as your countertop for your backsplash. This creates a sleek, modern look that can also be a more cost-effective option if you have extra countertop material left over.

Maintenance of Your Backsplash

Emser Ombre Blue Tile Backsplash
Emser Ombre Blue Tile Backsplash (Photo Cred: Emser)

Your backsplash serves two purposes both to amplify the look and feel of your kitchen and function as a barrier against grease and stains. This is important to keep in mind when choosing your materials.

Make sure whatever material you want can be cleaned easily. Larger tiles have less grout, which means fewer joints and easy maintenance. It is important to note that some backsplashes require more maintenance than others. For example, natural stone will need to be cleaned and sealed repeatedly.

Calacatta Sponda Quartz kitchen countertops
Calacatta Sponda Quartz Kitchen Countertop and Backsplash

In summary, think of your backsplash as an extension of your countertop. They should complement one another. If you have any questions please consult our team of experts or another design professional.

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