A kitchen renovation can be an exciting and sometimes perplexing exercise. Many people find it tough to decide on a countertop and backsplash. With so many choices available this task can feel overwhelming. Today we’re sharing some popular countertop and backsplash combinations that are a fail-safe way to create a harmonic kitchen design in your home.
Selecting a countertop backsplash combination is very similar to mixing patterned textiles in a room (such as pillows and curtains) and as such the same rules apply. For example, mix scales but match colours, in the case of countertops and backsplashes this would look like a calacatta quartz countertop with large veining paired with a small white penny tile backsplash. In this instance the large veining acts like a large pattern juxtaposed to the small pattern of the penny tile and if you match the grout colour to the vein colour it creates consistency of colour. Now that we’ve established some rules let’s look at some popular countertop and backsplash combinations:
1. Solid colour quartz countertop with a graphic design tile
When design tiles arrived on the scene they were seen as a funky new flooring option, in recent years, we’ve seen them being used on backsplashes as well. Given the bold and often geometric designs of these tiles it is important to pair them with a neutral solid countertop like a white quartz. Keeping the counter top a solid colour (a colour usually pulled from the design tile) really helps draw emphasis to the design tile backsplash.
2. Calacatta Quartz Countertop with Calacatta Quartz Slab Backsplash
The great thing about calacatta quartz is that it has the veining look of marble with the durability of quartz. While this may seem like a boring combination it can have a huge impact especially if you opt for a deep veined quartz. The important thing with this design choice is to thoroughly evaluate the mock-up from your supplier prior to cutting, look at the veining, and ensure it is aligned and positioned optimally for your space.
3. Alaska White Granite with white Subway tile Backsplash
This is the safest and most traditional of all the options. It’s a classic look that will stand the test of time. The key to this look is to select a grout colour from the granite to help coordinate the materials. If you want an edgier look consider applying the tiles in a different layout such as stacked, herringbone, or offset and you could also opt for a different size subway tile such as 3 x This neutral palette helps provide the perfect backdrop for your kitchen where you can inject pops of colour with your accessories and decor.
4. Granite Countertop with Beadboard Backsplash
This look has a more casual cottage feel but it is a classic in its own right. The subtle lines in the beadboard provide just enough contrast to the granite to make it work. Hot tip, be sure to carry the beadboard all the way to the ceiling to create the illusion of higher ceilings.
5. Quartz Countertop with Artisan Ceramic Tile Backsplash
Artisan tile (sometimes referred to as Zellige tile) has an old-world look because each tile has the appearance it was uniquely crafted. Pairing these tiles with a solid colour quartz countertop is a complementary combination. This new kitchen trend straddles the line between modern and traditional design.
There are many combinations one can create between a countertop and backsplash, the key is to stay consistent with the palette of your space. When in doubt keep one element solid and let the other material sing. The countertop and backsplash don’t need to be the exact same but they should look like they’re from the same colour family.