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Have a hard time picking a backsplash?

  • Have a hard time picking a backsplash?

You are in the market looking for a countertop, but all the variety of colors and finishes confuses you. You then find our warehouse! With the help of our sales representatives, you found a stone that you absolutely love and want to spend the majority of your life with. Great! So now you got your countertop chosen out, but you need the backsplash. There are several different ways to go when choosing backsplashes.

What color should I use for the backsplash?

When picking a color for the backsplash, the best thing to do is to find a color that flows well with your countertop. There are two things you can do. You can pick a color that closely resembles the color of your countertop or you could pick a color that shows contrast with your countertop. Most homeowners have a backsplash that resembles the color of the countertop, because when having a backsplash that contrasts with the look of the counter, the overall look of the kitchen or bathroom may not reach its full potential.
Having two different colors (one countertop, one backsplash) will “compete” with each other to be the more dominant color. For example, you picked out a very busy countertop with a lot of variation. If you pick a very busy backsplash for it, the overall finished job may not be super appealing. What most people are doing are two things. They either pick out a plain countertop (i.e. plain white quartz) and a busy backsplash OR they pick out a busy countertop with a lot of colors and a plain backsplash (i.e. plain white subway tile).
Another idea to consider is a full backsplash wall. This is great way to show consistency, save money, and will show a very rich look for your project. You would be able to book match your countertop with the backsplash, where one slab of stone is next to another slab of stone and its pattern flows with the other material as they are cut from the same block, creating a mirror image (see photo below).

Should I go for the standard 4-6 inch backsplash or the whole wall, and does thickness of the material matter?

Usually the most affordable way is to go with the standard 4-6 inches backsplash. People also use the standard height as a traditional design. Other people may use the whole wall backsplash, from the countertop to the edge of cabinets (average of 18 inches) as a design for most modern homes and other style homes. Doing this may be a little more expensive as it requires more material, but it provides a timeless look for a kitchens. People usually ask if the thickness of the slabs matters for installation. The answer is no: regardless of the 2CM or 3CM thickness, both sizes are used widely at homes. When doing the 3CM thickness, its better if your installers bevel the edge so that the material looks smoother on both ends of the backsplash.

Why even have a backsplash?

Backsplashes usually plays an important part in the design of your kitchen as it is among the first things you see when you enter a kitchen. Also, backsplashes are the first line of defense for the wall. Backsplashes not only look nice in kitchens, but can also reduce the risk of mold in the wall. It is called backsplash for a reason, as the elements of cooking and cleaning may hit the wall. With the backsplash, nothing stains on it, as there is very little contact with cooking elements.

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