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How to Choose the Right Backsplash for Your Granite Kitchen Counters by Frank LaMark

Filed in Kitchen Remodeling by on March 25, 2018 • views: 211
How to Choose the Right Backsplash for Your Granite Kitchen Counters

If you’re installing new granite kitchen counters in your home, you might be wondering how to choose a backsplash that will complement them perfectly. There are several important considerations you’ll want to keep in mind.

In general, a kitchen should have only one remarkable surface that attracts the eye; if you have more than that, the space is in danger of looking busy and cluttered.

In a kitchen that includes granite countertops, the counters automatically become that remarkable surface. Every other surface in the room, including the backsplash, should be understated. Having an unremarkable backsplash will enhance the appearance of those glorious countertops.

With that in mind, you can safely eliminate any attention-grabbing backsplash materials you may come across. Say no to vibrantly multicolored tile mixes that could outshine the countertops. Definitely say no to granite tiles in a different color or pattern than the countertops.

A plain, smooth, solid-colored tile backsplash is a sensible choice to complement granite kitchen counters. Subway tiles are currently trendy; so are solid-colored tiles in hexagonal configurations. Square tile configurations can work well for a more traditional look in the kitchen.

Granite comes in a stunning variety of colors including black, green, gray, white, blue, brown and tan. This natural stone often has interesting color variations, and its surface can include multiple accent colors such as pink, yellow, orange, green, red and others. When choosing a backsplash, you’ll want to utilize a tile color that will enhance the granite’s natural colorway. For example, if the granite in your kitchen is predominantly black with accents of light gray and orange, it would make sense to go with a coordinating light gray tile for the backsplash. A white tile backsplash will also complement most granite countertops.

Keep in mind that most successful kitchen designs incorporate contrast between light and dark; a good ratio is 50% light colors and 50% dark colors. If you don’t stick with this balance precisely, err on the side of having more light colors than dark. If your countertops are dark, a light backsplash is a good choice to keep the kitchen from looking dreary.

We hope these tips will empower you to choose the ideal backsplash for your granite counters. Best wishes for a successful and smooth kitchen remodel.

By Frank LaMark 

Frank LaMark

Frank LaMark

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Frank LaMark is a contributing author in the kitchen and bath industry for the past 15 years.