The Perfect Match: Choosing the Right Countertop Backsplash

The Perfect Match: Choosing the Right Countertop Backsplash
The Perfect Match: Choosing the Right Countertop Backsplash featuring White Subway Tile Backsplash

Since the average kitchen renovations cost anywhere between $12,567 and $34,962, it’s important that you make the most out of your next remodel. This means choosing your countertops wisely and selecting a countertop backsplash that matches the bulk of your design scheme.

Here, we’re going to talk about how you can choose the best backsplash to match your countertops. Read on for some of the best tips on how to create cohesive kitchen decor.

Choose Your Aesthetic

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Three Different Types of White Countertop Backsplash Applications. Use Subway Tile Diagonally in a Herringbone Pattern, or go for the traditional subway tile look, with a medallion over the stove. Or use a decorative tile and make your Countertop Backsplash the focal point of your Kitchen! Keep Reading to Review your Options.

The first step to pairing countertops and backsplash is to choose the overall aesthetic that you’re going for in your kitchen. If you’re a fan of minimalism, you may want to use a simple unicolor backsplash. Diagonal black or white tile is a great choice for those who believe that less is more.

You can also add a tile medallion to a backsplash that runs the entire length of your counter. Your solid-color backsplash will be much more unique and expressive if you add a porcelain medallion that matches your countertop. Consider a floral or star shape for modern design schemes and a lion’s head for antique vibes.

Speaking of contemporary vs vintage decor, there are specific rules that you need to adhere to when selecting backsplash designs in different kitchen styles. If you have a contemporary or modern scheme, unicolor tiles or those with clean, bold lines are a great choice. Blue is a great color for these decor schemes because it’s modern, trendy, calming, and pairs well with any well-lit neutral-hued countertop. If you’re going for a sophisticated throwback to the 19th or 20th century, you can get tiles featuring floral shapes, interlocking designs, and oriental patterns. Make sure that you get them in a color to match your countertop- many antique decor enthusiasts have earth-toned stone slabs that require some color matching.

Consider Your Countertops

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Gray Subway Tile Countertop Backsplash used two Different Ways. Use them horizontally for the Traditional Subway Tile Look, or Diagonally for an Edgier Look.

As we brushed on already, you need to consider your countertops. If you already have a slab that you love, this makes your life a lot easier. You have a definitive idea of what you need to match when choosing a backsplash. If not, think about the best countertops to suit your needs.  Some of the best natural stone materials include granite, quartzite, marble, onyx, soapstone, and travertine. Each of these materials has their own unique benefits, so make sure that you choose something based on your aesthetic, durability, and longevity-related needs. You can also get gemstone slabs if you want to be especially classy!

Once you know exactly what countertop you’re going to use in your interior design, you can begin to think about what backsplashes will go best with them. Solid-color countertops, no matter their color, tend to go best with more sophisticated backsplash tiles. Detailed backsplash designs such as geometric patterns and organic shapes will be the focal point of your room when you use them with a minimalist countertop. Swirling glass tiles with multiple colors are also an awesome choice. The same applies to backsplash tiles organized in patterns reminiscent of stained glass.

On the other hand, if you have intricately patterned marble countertops or a slab strewn with gorgeous shimmering flecks, you might want to keep the countertop as the main focal point of your space. A solid backsplash made with neutral colors might be the way to go here.


Do Your Research

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Have you Considered doing a Full Height Countertop Backsplash to match your Countertops? This option is great for a seamless, easy-to-clean, cohesive look.

The next step after getting some idea of what you may like is to do a bit of research. Read about the latest kitchen design trends online. You’ll learn about how tiny subway tiles are extremely trendy right now and how metal backsplashes help to bring out the gray flecks and veining in many quartzite and granite countertops.

One of the best ways that you can research current design trends is by going on Pinterest. Browse images of kitchens with similar layouts, design schemes, and color schemes to your own. See what kinds of backsplashes you prefer by pinning designs you like to a new board. When you have 15 pinned images or so, go into your board and look for trends in the pictures you like.

You’ll likely see similar shapes, orientations (diagonal vs straight), lines, and colors throughout the pinned pictures. This will give you a clear picture of what you like and let you know what types of design schemes you should further look into.

Create a Color Scheme

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Same Countertop, Different Countertop Backsplash Options. Featuring Brittanicca Cambria Quartz with Decorative Backsplash Tile and Glass Subway Tiles

Once you decide on a style and overall aesthetic for your backsplash/countertop duo, it’s time to carefully consider color schemes. Even if you love your backsplash, it’s going to be a terrible eyesore if you pair it with a clashing counter.

Consider neutral color schemes that feature blacks, whites, grays, and browns. There are tons of countertops that you can get in these styles, and it’s easy to find white or gray tile. You may like to pair a brightly colored or pastel backsplash medallion with it to add a pop of color. Just make sure that it matches the decor in another part of the room! This is a great way to achieve a minimalist color scheme that contains one pop of color amidst neutral hues.

You may also like to use an analogous or complementary color scheme if your countertop has blue or yellow hues or undertones. Make sure that you look at multiple different possibilities before making your purchase. You can check out our 3D kitchen visualizer to make sure that your ideas look good in practice.

Countertop Backsplash using White Subway Tiles
Traditional Countertop Backsplash Design using White Subway Tiles horizontally, as well as creating a Backsplash Medallion for added impact

Get a Gorgeous Countertop Backsplash Today

Now that you have some of the best countertop backsplash ideas out there, it’s time to get started with remodeling your kitchen.

Get in touch with us to ask any remaining questions about getting a backsplash. We’re happy to give you some more kitchen countertop and backsplash ideas before providing a quote. Since we’re committed to helping you make the most of your next interior renovations, we look forward to hearing from you soon.