When you coordinate your design elements and architectural features, colors don't have to match, but they should coordinate. Your backsplash tile doesn't have to mirror the color of your countertops, but it should blend, harmonize and support the rest of the features in the room.
Typically, a backsplash is lighter than your countertops. Bright kitchens are vibrant and inviting, so consider white, beige, light grey, and pastel colors for the backsplash. Go with a marbled design, shaped tiles, or contrasting grout to add contrast if you prefer a bold look.
Use opposite colors: Choose a white tile backsplash with a grey countertop. Use the grey as the grout color in your backsplash. Busy colors and patterns with plain: try a graphic or multi-colored backsplash with a plain colored countertop. Or a textured backsplash with smooth counter.
Should the backsplash be made with the same material as the countertop? Or with any other wall covering? Fact is both options are totally possible and can make gorgeous kitchens, so the best way to decide is taking a good look on some of them and finding out which style you prefer.
The design should be used to balance out the light and dark shades of the other elements, so if you have light cabinets and countertops, you may want to choose a dark backsplash to bring more depth to the kitchen. If you have very dark cabinets or countertops, a light backsplash will help the kitchen feel fresh.
Don't be afraid to mix two different materials together to create your perfect backsplash. Tiles and natural materials combined display different patterns, and because there are so many options for size, color and texture, there's bound to be a combination that fits with your style.
Countertop and backsplash colors should complement one another. Consider using a color wheel to help evaluate your options since it shows you what colors blend nicely together. Some homeowners will choose a backsplash tile that has a color matching the veins or spots of color in their countertop.
Choose a backsplash color that complements the countertop – it might create contrast or it might be in the same color story. The basic rule is that you shouldn't have a “busy” countertop with a “busy” backsplash. If you want one of these features to be a focal point, you should choose one or the other.
“Subway tiles are classic and timeless, yet versatile, which is why they are so great. They aren't going anywhere in 2021 or beyond,” shares Erin Davis, lead designer at Mosaik Design & Remodeling in Portland, OR.
A countertop needs to be installed before the backsplash is put on the walls above the countertop.
Quartz offers a number of benefits that are ideal for backsplashes. Not only does the larger piece do a better job at protecting the wall from moisture, but this man-made, non-porous material also is stain resistant, doesn't require sealing, and cleans easily.
Granite has been used on kitchen countertops and backsplashes for decades now. Unlike glass tiles and subway tile backsplash, this timeless material still has a fresh look.
Matte Tile Vs Glossy Tile
Erika explains, “A glossy subway tile can look brighter and more polished, often lending to a more formal look. It also hides water spots and fingerprints better than its less shiny counterpart. While a matte finish can convey a softer, more casual look.
Variations of the Same Color
For example, if you select a dark gray quartz countertop, select lighter gray tiles for your backsplash. If you choose a quartz countertop with a lot of veining, consider selecting backsplash tiles that compliment the veining in the countertops.
Mixing materials such as quartz paired alongside marble or glass tile is a great way to add dimension to the space. Blend natural stone – If you've opted for more of a modern-quartz look, add in a natural marble stone backsplash to create a classic sanctuary in your kitchen.
Ceramic tile is the most popular option for a kitchen backsplash. Ceramic tiles are incredibly versatile—they come in many shapes, sizes and colors and can be installed in numerous patterns.
Porcelain, ceramic, metal, and glass tile top the easy-care list because they resist staining, are naturally nonporous, and don't require any special cleansers to do the job.
One strategy for matching two granite colors is to choose similar patterns and colors, one lighter and the other darker. In this photo, you can see that Nilo River Granite looks much like a darker version of Antico Cream Granite. Both feature the same color scheme – brown, gold, and ivory.
If you're in a kitchen, and you're doing the countertop-to-upper-cabinet-18”-high-backsplash, it's best not to wrap that around to the side wall if you don't need to. As I always say... Transitioning materials on an inside corner is always best.
Essentially, the glass sheet backsplash is a sheet of glass that can be painted in the color of your choice and then installed on your wall. This approach offers a completely customizable look while being highly functional as it is easy to maintain and clean.
If you want your kitchen to remain timeless in design, we suggest sticking with a classic field tile size such as a 3 x 6 subway tile or a 4 x 4 in a straight-set pattern. Or add some design detail with a herringbone pattern. Field tile will transcend trends, making your tile backsplash a sustainable design feature.
For years now, the 4-inch backsplash has been standard in most spec homes and continues to be a popular choice.
Skinny backsplashes are out of style, we are happy to report. A ceramic tile or glass backsplash that stretches from counter to cabinets is much easier to keep clean, and is more likely to catch spills and splatters.