Not only is your backsplash a necessary part of your kitchen, but it is an excellent opportunity to show some style and character. A bright and colorful backsplash can add a touch of whimsy to your kitchen while a neutral color can bring the room together. Before you choose a backsplash for your kitchen, consider some of the tips outlined below to make sure that you make the right decision.
Consider Your Countertops
The most foolproof method for selecting a backsplash is to choose one that complements your kitchen countertops. Choosing a backsplash to complement your counters can bring the entire room together if you do it right. Marble counters provide a unique opportunity when it comes to selecting a backsplash, because these materials often exhibit a variety of different colors – the same is true for granite. To complement your counters without matching them too closely, pick a hue from the veining of your marble or granite countertop to use in your backsplash. If you choose a nontraditional color for your countertops, you can use that same color (or a complementary color) in your backsplash.
Think About an Accent Color
Another option for choosing your backsplash is to select something that will create a pop of color, or an accent wall. A teal or aqua backsplash pairs well with grey countertops, while red can be a powerful accent in contrast to dark counters. White or light-colored countertops can be paired with nearly any color backsplash, so let your imagination run wild. You also have the option of choosing a multihued backsplash – this can be particularly effective if the rest of your kitchen is decorated in neutral tones.
You Can’t Go Wrong with Neutral
Just because you are using neutral tones doesn’t mean the backsplash has to be boring. You can combine different shades of gray with white or off-white tiles to create a neutral patchwork that complements your counters without drawing too much of the attention away from them. A solid white or gray backsplash can also give your kitchen a clean, modern look – especially when it is paired with a modern countertop material, like stainless steel.
Once you’ve chosen your backsplash tiles, it never hurts to give them a test run. Tape samples to the wall where you would be installing your backsplash and see how you like them after a few days. See how the colors change throughout the day as natural light comes and goes and see how your kitchen lighting affects the colors. Your kitchen backsplash is an opportunity to put a little bit of personality in your kitchen, so don’t limit yourself!