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Backsplash & Countertop Pairings

By on Nov 20, 2015
Backsplash & Countertop Pairings

A kitchen remodel usually requires a lot from a homeowner. Looking at tons of swatches and trying to find the perfect backsplash and countertop pairings might seem close to impossible. It doesn’t take long for you to start feeling overwhelmed. Hopefully, after reading the tips below, your life won’t have to be that hectic.

When it comes to backsplash and countertop pairings, you should ask yourselves these very important questions: “Should you coordinate certain colors and patterns together?” What are the rules in regards to ensuring a magnificent blend?” Ultimately, you should choose materials that complement each other and work with your overall design scheme. Trust me, you don’t want to regret your choices a couple months after your project and have to think about shelling out even more cash to fix it. So, choose wisely!

Below are a few backsplash and countertop pairings to try and some tips that can help make your selection process a bit smoother.

Butcher Block

If You Choose Your Countertop Material First…

A good way to reduce anxiety about choosing the right product is by focusing on each material separately. Because your countertop will take a majority of your budget and usually gets installed first, it’s a good idea to make this your initial project. Start by thinking about how you use your kitchen, how many hours you spend in it every day and even think about how you interact with the space. Simple questions like these can help you narrow your choices. Also, you’ll find that you have fewer color and pattern designs to choose from when it comes to counters as opposed to backsplashes.

After you’ve chosen a countertop material that you like, it immediately reduces the amount of backsplash options you can choose from. Although, we’re not trying to be too “matchy” when it comes to the materials you pair, be aware that if you choose a countertop with a funky pattern, then you might want to go with a simple or neutral-toned backsplash. The goal is to have your countertops be the staple in the room and not have it competing for attention with the backsplash.

If you’re the daring type and want to pair a bold countertop with a striking backsplash design, then just be sure to take a sample of the countertop material with you when shopping for the backsplash. By doing this, you can eliminate a number of options because you can immediately tell whether or not a backsplash design complements the counters. Second, you can grab a customer associate at your store and get their professional opinion on which backsplash would work well with your counters. A third option would be snagging a design-savvy friend, who has similar taste as you and bribing them to spend countless hours at The Home Depot. Good look with that one!

If You Choose Your Backsplash Material First…

Ok, it happens. We fall in love with a backsplash material and although we know we should be looking for countertops first, we grab it anyways. Because I’m all about making this process as stress-free as possible, I say go with it. Again, this helps with eliminating possible countertop options because some just won’t match. The same rules apply for backsplashes. If you go with a design with a lot of movement, then choose a counter that’s simple and won’t take away from the backsplash. 

Bold Backsplash

When you allow only the backsplash to take the spotlight, you achieve a refined look like that in the photo above. Pairing a backsplash that striking with butcher block counters ensures that your eyes go directly to the main focus of the room; your backsplash. Don’t let this limit you from being creative, however. You can still get materials with a ton of texture and character. Just be sure that when you’re mixing the patterns, you stick to one overall color palette. By doing so, both materials can pair seamlessly together and neither one needs to fight for your attention.

If You Use The Same Material For Your Counters & Backsplash…

This option is as simple as it gets, not to mention cost effective. Let’s say after installation, your contractor tells you that you have material leftover. You can run that same material up the walls as a backsplash, for a unified feel. If you’re interested in a checkered tile scheme, you can purchase backsplash material that is similar to your counters and break it up to create a mix/match style. There’s also the option of running the same material only four to six inches up rather than covering the entire wall. This is a great idea for bold countertop materials as you don’t want to get overwhelmed by the design.

Same Material

If You Decide to Hire A Professional…

Before starting this project, we already know it’s going to be stressful. It calls for a lot of decision making, long nights and quick turnaround times. If you’re certain that you won’t handle the pressure well, go ahead and hire a professional. It might cost a bit more, but it’ll be worth in when you see the end product. I would advise still staying very close to the project and making sure that all designs are approved by you. Even if you’re not a savvy designer, you know what you’re looking for in a kitchen, so don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t agree with your designer. Always try to find a middle ground, where both of your ideas are visible in the end.


A kitchen remodel usually requires a lot from a homeowner. Trying to find the perfect backsplash and countertop pairings might seem close to impossible. It doesn’t take long for you to start feeling overwhelmed. These tips can help reduce the amount of stress you feel and hopefully get you to really enjoy the process of remodeling.

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