Selecting the perfect backsplash for your kitchen can seem a bit overwhelming at times. With so many different colors, materials, patterns and styles to choose from, homeowners often don’t know where to even start. Beyond the many options, there is also the huge question of which choices will look best with your existing countertops. Here are some helpful ways to narrow down the options and ensure that your backsplash is paired perfectly with your countertops!
While many people love the look of a backsplash that stands out, there is a growing trend to make the backsplash an extension of the countertops. In fact, many granite and marble suppliers have begun offering tile that perfectly matches to their countertop slabs for this very purpose. If you choose to match your backsplash to your countertop, be sure to purchase the products from the same supplier, as the colors and patterns will be easier to duplicate this way.
If you aren’t too keen on the look of matching countertop and backsplash, or you are unable to duplicate your countertop as a backsplash, another option is to find similar designs and colors that compliment one another. For example, if your countertops are a cream color, with flakes, specs, or swirls of chocolate brown, consider a chocolate colored backsplash with cream accents. Another popular option is to take several colors out of your countertop and make a pattern using glass tiles in these same colors. If you have a solid color countertop, backsplashes that include that color, but also incorporate other colors will also work well.
Looking for something a little bolder, that will really stand out? Contrasting your backsplash with your countertops might be the solution. To achieve this look, select a backsplash choice that is opposite your countertop, but that still works well with it. A great example that is popular in kitchens with an industrial feel is to pair a stainless steel or copper backsplash with a black countertop. Another idea, if you want to add pops of color, is to go with a neutral colored countertop, such as white or cream, and then choose a backsplash that has a brightly colored pattern in your favorite hue. Reds, blues, and greens are very popular, and can be as subtle or as brilliant as you choose!
Whether a simple pattern in muted colors or a complex mosaic made with intense color, a kitchen’s backsplash really is a wonderful way to invite character and appeal to your space.
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