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3 Tips on How to Match Your Backsplash with Countertops

There’s something to be said for complete cohesion in your kitchen design. When all of the elements in a space work together harmoniously, the result is both visually appealing and optimally functional – two ideal qualities of a well-designed kitchen.

To achieve this type of cohesion in your kitchen, design professionals recommend sticking to a set color scheme, aligning all of the elements behind one style, and paying close attention to materials and textures. In particular, the materials you choose for your countertops and backsplash are extremely important to the overall ambiance.

It has become popular in recent years to use the same material for both your countertops and your backsplash, as it results in a sleek and minimalist look without any separation. The continuation of the material – whether you opt for quartz, stone, granite, concrete, or another option – will instantly create uniformity and a foundation of harmony.

From color choices to materials, here are some of the best ways to incorporate matching countertops and backsplashes.

Kitchen with gray concrete countertops and backsplash.

Bring home a selection of samples

It's essential to gather samples of both the countertop and backsplash materials to see how they look together in your kitchen's lighting conditions. This allows you to visualize the combination and make adjustments as needed before making a final decision.

Select the countertop first

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the wide array of options for kitchen countertops and backsplashes, it’s best to pick your countertop first. Your countertops will ultimately be the workhorse in your kitchen and can take up a good deal of your budget, so you’ll want to make sure you get this element right.

In terms of the timeline for your renovation, countertops will also be installed before the backsplash, making it essential that this decision is made first. Once you’ve nailed down the countertop material that best represents your personal taste and needs, it’ll be easy to transfer this same material to the backsplash. Try to think about your backsplash as a natural extension of your countertops, and choose a material that will flow naturally from wall to counter.

Kitchen with large island in white concrete.

Opt for a subtle material like concrete

When it comes to the best material for a matching countertop and backsplash, you’ll want to go with one that’s easy to clean, looks seamless, and is also incredibly durable. The main material that comes to mind, which has been growing in popularity, is concrete.

Not only is concrete a subtle, neutral choice, but it is easy to maintain and resistant to stains, heats, and scratches. It can also withstand high temperatures, heavy use, and daily wear and tear, making it an excellent choice for countertops.

Another advantage of concrete is that it is highly customizable. There are endless options to make concrete your own, from the color you select to the edge texture and slab thickness. For example, creating a custom countertop made from concrete and using the same concrete for your backsplash will look cohesive in any modern or minimalist space.

Experiment with patterns and textures

Mixing patterns and textures between the countertop and backsplash can add visual interest to your kitchen. For example, pairing a solid surface countertop with a textured or patterned backsplash can create a dynamic contrast. Just ensure that the patterns and textures complement each other rather than clash.

Large kitchen with beige concrete countertops and backsplash.

Stick to a neutral color scheme

Having a consistent color scheme can create a sense of visual accord, and this begins with the foundational elements of the kitchen like the countertops and backsplash. Choosing a neutral – such as white, cream, beige, brown, black, or gray – as the principal color of your kitchen will make it easy to accommodate any style. Plus, since neutrals are subtle and understated, you won’t grow tired of it over time and it won’t affect your home’s resale value.

Neutral colors are also ideal when you’re looking to use the same material for your countertop and backsplash. Since you want these two elements to flow right into one another without any division or contrast, selecting a muted color like gray for both will create a simple yet timeless foundation for the rest of your kitchen.

Create visual continuity

If you want to create a cohesive look throughout your kitchen, consider extending the countertop material up to the backsplash. This creates a seamless transition and visually enlarges the space. It's particularly effective with materials like marble, granite, quartz, or concrete.

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