Pair Your Countertop with a Backsplash

Pair Your Countertop with a Backsplash

A recent article from Restonnow offers a unique perspective on pairing countertop with backsplash. What’s a backsplash? Anna Gibson, the writer of the post, offers some thoughts:

“Backsplash: The word “tile” became so broad in recent years that we no longer just talk about ceramic. Tiles for backsplash are made from porcelain, glass, recycled glass, stainless steel, salvage wood, wallpaper (yes, it’s making a big comeback!), mirror, concrete and much more. I think you get the point! If there is a material out there, it can be made into backsplash.”

After choosing a countertop, the centerpiece of your kitchen, it’s important to choose a backsplash that looks great. A large majority of our customers want it to be the same material as their countertop. This offers uniformity in the kitchen, making a cohesive design that doesn’t draw too much attention to itself.

Pair Your Countertop with a backsplash

Color and Your Backsplash

However, others want variation in their tile. Whether its a low-risk way to make a statement add colors that pop, or to complement your countertops and add some contrast, it’s definitely the bolder (but still popular) choice. The only downside is that a variation between tile and countertop might present different cleaning and sealing requirements.

A post from Fire Clay Tile discusses another perspective on a colorful backsplash:

“Color is usually one of the first decisions you’ll make.  You’ll need to decide if you want your backsplash to be colorful, or if you want to remain in the neutral zone.  Although color has immediate impact, a neutral one can add just as much character to your space…It all comes down to the other colors and materials being used in your kitchen and how your tile will pair, and your overall color preference.  Some people are drawn to color, while others find a sense of calm in a neutral space.”

It also offers points on the shape of your tile. In addition to color and material pairing, shape is another consideration. “You want to make sure the color and shape you are choosing fits all in not just your kitchen, but in your entire home.”

Classic Tiles

A classic tile might be a 3”x 6″ subway tile, and 2” x 2″ mosaic tiles are sure to add a dynamic pattern. However, other shapes are accessible depending on the style of your home.

When it comes down to it, it’s important to choose a backsplash that fits with your tastes and preferences. It may be a small part of a renovation, but it can make a big impact on your home.

Garden State Soapstone ™ offers traditional sizes of tile – square and rectangle. Our natural cleft and gauged slate flooring tile runs in variations between 6″x6″ to 12″x24″. Our soapstone tile ranges from 2″x2″ to 12″x12″.

Mariana Soapstone Tile Backsplash

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