Beautiful Backsplashes: Choosing How to Match with Countertops
Many people like to feature backsplashes in their kitchens to provide a nice visual finish to a counter-top along with making clean up easier! Backsplash tile, as the name suggests, is primarily designed to protect walls in the kitchen from spills and other accidents – so they’re usually placed behind stoves and sinks, although they can be used elsewhere in the room. It’s possible to mix and match different types of materials for the floors, countertops, and backsplashes until designers find the ideal combination.
When deciding on a backsplash and countertop, we suggest you choose between:
- Contrasting patterns – matching two different patterns.
- Combining patterns – matching a neutral pattern with a more elaborate pattern.
- Matching patterns – using the same material for both.
One popular method is to use a solid color for the countertop without any prominent patterns and contrast that with an interesting mosaic tile for the backsplash. The two match off each other nicely, for example by using a black granite countertop and pairing it with light green crystallized glass “subway” tiles that are designed to resemble the wall tiles popularized in subways in the early 1900’s.
Another way to play up contrasts with backsplashes is to use two different patterns and then combine them – for example – using a countertop made from naturally occurring quartzite with its dramatic swirls of browns, whites, and other colors and matching that with glass and stone mosaic tiles in a hexagonal shape; an unusual approach but one that can actually work.
The third way is a simplistic but successful method of using the same pattern for the countertop as the backsplash. Use a granite countertop with a mix of red, brown and gray swirls and keep the pattern going part way up the wall by using the same material for the backsplashes. It’s an aesthetically pleasing approach that will catch the eye of anyone in the room.
Of course, the three design options above aren’t just limited to the kitchen, because the same logic can be applied to installing backsplashes in the bathroom. Homeowners should mix and match various materials and styles until they find the combination that’s right for their room.
One important factor to always bear in mind is the color of the kitchen cabinets and the fixtures and fittings such as the dishwasher and other machines. In order to get a room looking its best, the countertop and backsplash designs should also pair with the rest of the room’s contents. Thankfully there are so many different types of materials and patterns on the market that with the right amount of searching it’ll be possible to find the perfect combination for each home.
The three options above are all great ways to show off backsplash tile in the kitchen, and there’s no right or wrong answer – whatever the homeowner thinks look best is a subjective decision, but the examples above should help guide people in the right direction for their design dreams.