Matching Countertop and Backsplash

Here we share our matching countertop and backsplash design guide, including reasons to do it, how to match kitchen fixtures, suggested combinations, and color coordinating tips.
Matching countertop and backsplash collage The backsplash is normally overlooked in the kitchen’s planning and designing process. Yes, you’ve created a cohesive design for your kitchen and even chosen the design of your floors and walls. But what about your kitchen’s backsplash?

A backsplash is installed in the kitchen for protection against oil and grease. Besides its main function, a backsplash is now used to add style and ambiance to the kitchen.


Quicklist: Advantages of a Kitchen Backsplash

  • Wall Protection
  • Pest Control
  • Easy Cleanup
  • For Aesthetics

Why You Need a Kitchen Backsplash

But do you need a backsplash in your kitchen? Here are some reasons why it’s a good idea to consider.

Wall Protection

Classy backsplash countertop sink faucet kitchenA backsplash can protect your walls from oil splatters and spills. It will also help prevent stains from food and water, which will help you avoid mold and mildew buildup in your kitchen. 

In short, a backsplash will prevent you from having a dirty and dingy kitchen, free from mold and mildew.  

Keeps Insects and Rodents Away

Wood cabinets kitchen countertop under cabinet lighting backsplashA backsplash can also reduce the chances of insects and rodents visiting your kitchen. It can act as a barrier between the kitchen wall and the countertop. 

Once installed, it helps to keep pests from feasting on the leftovers in the kitchen.  

Easier Cleanup

White kitchen with center island countertop In the kitchen, a backsplash also makes it easier for you to clean up. Since it protects your kitchen wall, it takes away hours of scrubbing that you would have to do if there is no protection from splashes and stains. 

“As much as it makes a great countertop, a quartz slab can also serve as an easy-to-clean backsplash.” – Chris Peterson, Kitchen Ideas You Can Use, Updated Edition

And the best thing about this is that you can easily wipe the backsplash clean using a damp sponge or cloth. 

Adds Aesthetic Value

Geometric backsplash countertop light green cabinets kitchenYes, a backsplash also adds to your kitchen’s aesthetic value. You can personalize your kitchen using a backsplash; this is a great factor to consider if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. 

A great alternative to the pricier natural stone, laminate countertops and backsplashes offer the same purpose at a lower price point. Made of formica, laminate backsplashes are available in numerous designs to suit your aesthetics.

How to Match Countertops and Backsplash

Marble countertop backsplash gray glass cabinetsAfter deciding on installing a backsplash, one of the tasks you have to do is to match it with your countertops. Matching your countertops with the backsplash is relevant, just like matching any other part of your kitchen. 

And in matching these two (2) elements, choosing the countertops is said to come first before the backsplash. This means you must match the backsplash to the countertops you’ve chosen rather than the other way around. 

But how do you match the backsplash to your countertops?

Follow The Color Palette

Wood cabinets drawers countertop backsplashIf you’ve started working on your kitchen, you already have a color palette you’re following. Sticking to that color palette is best when matching the backsplash to your kitchen countertop. 

Your countertops and backsplash should be able to complement each other and simultaneously have cohesiveness with the entire kitchen’s palette. 

Choose colors that won’t overwhelm your eyes, whether cold or warm color palettes. Make sure you also consider the spots and veins on the countertop when choosing a backsplash tile. 

Always create a balance between these two elements. If the countertop is bold, consider choosing a neutral backsplash. 

Match the Materials of the Countertop to the Backsplash

Kitchen black countertop backsplash When you point out the backsplash you want for your kitchen, make sure you know to expect that there will be spills and splatters on it. Choose the materials that will make it easier for you to clean and match the countertops. 

Take into account the materials of the countertops and the backsplash. If you have granite countertops, choose a backsplash with materials that also match them. You can add copper kitchen fixtures to complement warm color countertops.

Choose a Focal Point in Your Kitchen

Backsplash with tile pattern kitchen countertopConsider the focal point in your kitchen and match your countertops and backsplash. The focal point is the element that captures the attention of anyone who enters the kitchen. 

If the focal point is a unique kitchen island, match its style when choosing your backsplash and countertops. 

These are only a few factors to consider when matching your backsplash with your countertops. You can explore and study more factors to help you match the countertops and backsplash easier. For example, is stainless steel a great accent to your countertop?

Backsplash Countertop Combinations

Matching countertop backsplash sink stove white cabinetsNow, if you are still stuck and don’t know what backsplash countertop combinations to consider, we have some options for you to skim through. Choosing how to design and style your kitchen will affect the backsplash countertop combinations you can use. 

The colors don’t necessarily have to match, but they must at least complement or coordinate. And, of course, the important thing is that your kitchen oozes your personality. 

Same Countertop and Backsplash

Marble countertop backsplash and electric stoveOne of the basic countertop backsplash combinations is matching colors. Match the color of your tile backsplash with the color of your countertops to appear connected and cohesive. Here are some perfect combinations following matching colors:

  • Wooden countertops – Beige backsplash tile
  • Neutral-colored countertops – Gray backsplash tile
  • Granite countertops – Brown backsplash tile

Contrasting Colors

Black countertop with sink faucet marble backsplashYou may also want to choose contrasting colors for your countertops and backsplash. You can be playful in choosing what contrasting colors to use, but make sure that you also consider the colors of the following kitchen elements:

  • Flooring
  • Windows
  • Curtains
  • Light Fixtures
  • Appliances
  • Pieces of Furniture
  • Decorative Accessories

Don’t forget to consider your kitchen’s overall design when choosing contrasting colors for your countertops and backsplash combination. 

Also, don’t forget about the cabinet colors. You match them with the backsplash and countertops or paint them in contrasting colors, a style that’s gained traction in recent years. Bold stone patterned countertops with unique striations are also in vogue. [Source: Architectural Digest]

Coordinating Backsplash and Countertop Colors

Kitchen with light blue backsplash and wood cabinets drawers It is also possible to choose coordinating colors if that’s what you prefer! Choose one specific color and be creative in what hues and shades you match with each other. 

If you choose dark-colored countertops, your backsplash should have a lighter shade. This also works the other way around. 

Mosaic Tile Patterns

Mosaic tile pattern backsplash black countertop faucetYou can also use mosaic tile patterns for a matching countertop and backsplash. Mix and match them with pre-made and existing mosaic tile strips and their colors. 

Most mosaic tiles use bold colors, including grey, blue, and green hues. In this case, you can choose glass and metal backsplashes, making the kitchen more elegant and sophisticated. 

Mosaic tile patterns won’t work with countertops that have lots of patterns. A good example of this is granite. Granite countertops won’t match with mosaic tile patterned backsplash and may even be visually overwhelming. 

Matching countertop and backsplash with steel hood

Mosaic tile patterns used on the backsplash are great to look at. These patterns are contemporary, playful, and unique, so if you want something new, this might be your option. See more related content in our article about the different tile patterns & layouts on this page.

Written by Marisa - Author

Marisa Bolivar is an interior design writer with a passion for decorating and home design. She has a keen eye for aesthetics and specializes in rustic and minimalist styles that are budget-friendly.

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