Steps for Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash

Steps for Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash

In recent years the kitchen backsplash has gone from an accessory or an additional design detail to a must-have.

There are so many choices available to homeowners, from sleek, contemporary glass tiles to more rustic options like tin and then of course there’s the classic subway tile option.

The question for homeowners has now become not whether to include a backsplash, but instead which option to go with since they are so numerous. That question becomes particularly important as consumers are pairing countertops and backsplashes.

Kitchen countertops are often the primary investment made during a kitchen remodel or design project, so properly pairing them with a backsplash becomes the primary focus.

The key is to find a backsplash that’s going to work with kitchen countertops, not against them or overpower them. Here are 5 tips that can help choose the material or design to accomplish that goal:

  1. Choose the kitchen countertop first. As mentioned above, countertops are where most homeowners spend the majority of their kitchen budget so it should become the focal point all other design choices center around. By choosing a countertop first, this means a homeowners’ backsplash options are also significantly narrowed down, simplifying the entire process.
  2. Homeowners, while they can be a bit daring with a backsplash, tend to have the best results when they stick within the relative parameters of their personal style. For homeowners who tend to always err on the side of traditional, going with a very sleek, modern backsplash may seem like a good idea in the moment but it’s not likely to produce long-term satisfaction with the kitchen design.
  3. In addition to considering the countertops when selecting a backsplash, the cabinets should also be taken into account. For a kitchen to have a cohesive design style and feel continuous and balanced, the three elements that need to always work together include the cabinets, countertops and the backsplash.
  4. For very traditional-style kitchens, it can often be a good idea to go for a custom artisan-crafted backsplash. On the opposite side of the design spectrum are more modern kitchens, where it’s often ideal to stick with something that feels chic and clean like the rest of the space. More intricate designs don’t often work well in a modern kitchen.
  5. One option that’s not used as frequently but that makes for a beautiful kitchen space is to carry the countertops up the wall using the same natural stone. This eliminates some of the overwhelming design choices and also since you’re using more natural stone it tends to automatically elevate the sense of luxury in a kitchen. There are several options here which include just bringing the stone up to a certain point on the wall, perhaps to the start of the upper cabinetry, or for even more eye-catching decadence some homeowners are now opting to bring the stone all the way to the ceiling.

These are just a few ways homeowners can narrow down the many backsplash options and create a kitchen that works for their style. Ultimately, as with all other elements in a kitchen, the backsplash is about personal taste and while some homeowners may be willing to experiment and go with the trends, other homeowners may choose a more timeless backsplash that will hold up to changes in design style and trends.