Kitchen Backsplash and Countertop

Determining Which Backsplash is Best for Your Kitchen

Backsplashes are one of the best places in a kitchen where you can really let your creativity shine!  From bright and bold glass tiles to metallic finishes that really pop, there are so many options for making the space unique.  Often, though, having a lot of options can leave people confused and unsure of how to select the right one for them.  Here are some great tips on how to determine which backsplash is best for your kitchen.

Countertop Coordination

In most kitchens, countertops are usually one of the center stage items that need to be considered and then coordinated with your backsplash.  When pairing a backsplash to a countertop, you may want to match colors and patterns closely, for a seamless look.  On the other hand, many people like to choose a pattern that has complementary colors, but stands out from the countertop a bit.  For those who really desire to make a bold statement with their backsplash, contrasting backsplash colors with those of the countertop makes a great choice.  For more information and tips on pairing backsplashes with countertops, click here.

Material Mix and Match

Some of the most beautiful and welcoming kitchens are those that have mixed materials, incorporating warm and cool, as well as soft and hard elements, together.  Backsplashes are a great way to add a material element to your kitchen that may be lacking.  For example, kitchen spaces with lots of warm materials, such as rich wood floors and cabinets often work well with cool materials, such as light and airy glass tile or industrial stainless for the backsplash.  Conversely, if your kitchen floors and countertops are primarily composed of hard, cool elements, such as polished marble or granite, consider warmer backsplash choices like natural slate or even faux wood tile.

Pattern Planning

Once you have determined the ideal color choice and selected the materials that will work best as a backsplash with your existing kitchen, it is time to get creative and put together a pattern.  From simple square, subway, or cobblestone designs to complex murals or mosaics, backsplash patterns are vitally important to give you the perfect pop of interest and color display.  For inspiration and ideas on unique or popular patterns that are available, check kitchen designer websites, tile and flooring manufacturer design blogs, and photo organization websites, such as Pinterest.

With a little planning, some careful thought, and your own creativity and style, selecting and creating the perfect backsplash for your kitchen can be enjoyable and much easier than you might have thought.

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