How to: Choosing a kitchen backsplash

How To: Choosing A Kitchen Backsplash

Backsplashes can be tricky to get right, even for designers. But take heart, we have a few tips to share with you today to give you the confidence you need to make a wise selection.

Did you know?

  • Choose your countertop before you choose your backsplash. Why? There are fewer countertop choices available than backsplashes. Backsplash options are truly endless, so you’re more likely to find something that suits you.

  • White cabinets with dark backsplashes make the space to appear bigger.

But if you have dark cabinets, you may want to take the opportunity to lighten up your space with a lighter backsplash

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Dark on dark can be overwhelming if it’s not done just so, but white on white works every time.

  • If you have a quartz countertop with minimal variation, you have the freedom to go bold on your backsplash.   

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  • Granite countertops are difficult to pair with a stone tile backsplash. Why? Stone on stone can get visually busy, and sometime the natural undertones of each material fight with each other. It’s much easier to pair a granite countertop with a glass or solid porcelain backsplash.

If you go with the white on white look, add visual interest by getting playful with the shape of the tile backsplash. You can also add a contrasting grout color for even more pop.

The Process –

If you are building or remodeling, WAIT until you have both countertops and cabinets installed in the kitchen. Choosing a backsplash based on small samples of your countertops and cabinets, almost always leads to backsplash remorse. Remember, every kitchen is unique! From lighting to layout, and even ceiling height and wall color, there are multiple variables that can make or break your backsplash efforts. So don’t rush your decision. While waiting for all the pieces to fall into place, it’s a good idea to get inspiration and determine what kinds of styles you like or dislike. Browsing online is always a great way to see a lot of options quickly. Once you have determined that, you can visit a few local tile stores to see who carries the look you want. Be sure to get samples of your favorites!

Once you have all the main kitchen elements in place, see how each backsplash sample looks on the wall. Move the samples around to different areas in the kitchen so you can see how they appear with different lighting.