Simple Method Of Matching Countertops And Backsplashes (Beginners)

With so many fabulous countertop and backsplash materials in contrasting colors and contrasting designs, finding a stunning combination can feel overwhelming. And it’s only natural to wonder whether there is a simpler way to match them and create a spectacular kitchen.


A simple method of matching countertops and backsplashes is first selecting your countertop’s material. It will narrow your search as the range of countertop colors is limited. Alternatively, use the same countertop and backsplash materials, or select your backsplash material first.


While selecting a matching countertop and backsplash may sound straightforward, it’s sadly not. There are several key factors to consider, especially if you want to avoid a costly mistake. So, read on if you want tried and tested tips and tricks and the best methods to create your dream kitchen!


How To Coordinate Countertops And Backsplashes

Before we delve into the three best methods to craft a stunning kitchen, consider your budget and what you are prepared to spend on your countertop and backsplashes, respectively.

If you do have severe budget constraints, consider spending more on your countertop than on your backsplash or vice versa. But most importantly, budget for quality tile grouting to safeguard your backsplash and stop it from cracking.


So, without further ado, here are the three best methods to match your countertops and backsplashes.

Option 1: Choose Your Countertop First

One of the most efficient and straightforward methods to color-coordinate your kitchen is to first select your countertop.


Countertop colors are far more limited than the vast array of backsplash colors and textures.


And they are one of the most essential (and expensive) aspects of any fabulous kitchen design.

Particularly if you are an avid cook and need a durable work surface that is easy to clean and can withstand hot pots and pans, including the occasional marinara sauce spill.


Another good reason for selecting your countertops first is that they are typically installed before backsplashes.


And knowing how much your countertops will cost makes it that much easier to budget for your kitchen’s backsplashes.

Option 2: Use Similar Materials

Alternatively, consider using the same material for your backsplash if you love your chosen countertop material. It will create a harmonious kitchen color scheme and simplify your decision-making process.


Another advantage of using the same material for your countertop and backsplash is when you have to purchase the building material (like granite or marble) in slabs, you will have excess countertop materials that would otherwise go to waste.Choosing the right kitchen materials can reduce the difficulty of daily cleaning, which is also mentioned in another article of mine


If you plan to use the same material for your backsplash. Another great option is to add a small line of decorative tiles between your countertop and the backsplash area.

Option 3: Select Your Backsplash First

On the flip side, if you fall in love with a specific type of backsplash, it will also help you choose a matching countertop.


Especially if your chosen backsplash is bold and makes a statement. You can narrow your search to neutral countertops that will subtly complement your backsplash without competing with its eye-catching bright color or bespoke design.

How To Choose A Countertop And Backsplash

If you want to play it safe, consider making either the countertop or the backsplash the main focal point, with the other kitchen building material playing a more “supportive role.”


For example, if you opt for a fabulous backsplash with bright colors, and patterns, your countertop should ideally not fight for attention.


Although, it does not mean you can’t be creative and pair a backsplash with a countertop with distinctive colors, textures, and design elements if you maintain a cohesive color palette.


The best way to gauge whether a bold color scheme will work is to play around with different countertops and backsplash samples.


Preferably compare your countertop and backsplash material samples with your kitchen cabinets and flooring to see if your color scheme will create the desired look.


While you may need to try several combinations, it’s worth spending more time selecting kitchen building materials until you find a look that truly resonates with you.


Do The Countertops And Backsplash Have To Be The Same?

If an all-white kitchen is not your thing, there’s no need to have the same-colored backsplash and countertop.

In fact, contrasting colors and textured kitchen materials can transform a kitchen from drab to stunning, enthusing it with energy and style.


So, it’s worth pairing dark-hued lacquered cabinets with reflective glass or mirrored backsplash for a contemporary and sleek look that is also easy to clean.


Or pair black granite countertops, with a reclaimed wood backsplash, for a rustic kitchen with warmth and character.


Another striking contrasting kitchen combination is combining bamboo countertops with stainless-steel backsplash and aqua-hued kitchen cabinets.


Alternatively, create a classic yet fun kitchen design with a dark or black countertop and white backsplash.


However, suppose you still need to decide which materials and colors to choose. In that case, asking a friend for a second opinion is always helpful, especially if they recently installed a new kitchen. Or reach out to a kitchen consultant to tap into their expertise.


Countertop Backsplash Height

If you are looking for a cost-effective backsplash, consider using a short 4-6 inches backsplash made from your countertop material that runs up the wall. For example, if you are using granite slabs, create a finishing edge from the left-over materials.


A short backlash, combined with a durable painted wall, provides additional protection for your walls from occasional spills and creates a polished and cohesive look.


Although, if you want a short backsplash, find out what your state’s building code stipulations are for noncombustible kitchen materials above your cooktop.


While a short backsplash is a budget-friendly option, running your backsplash all the way up your kitchen walls is ideal.


This is mainly if the material is smooth and easy to clean, unlike a painted brick veneer backsplash with lots of grooves that trap dust.


So, if you can afford to spend a little bit more on a large backsplash that covers your entire kitchen wall space. It’s an excellent investment, especially if you spend countless hours cooking up a storm!



Selecting your countertop material first is a simple method of matching countertops and backsplashes, as it narrows your search. Although, if you fall in love with a particular backsplash, opt for a countertop that is in the same color pallet and one that plays a complementary, supporting role.


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