You’re remodeling your kitchen. You’ve picked the countertop, but that is only half the battle. Now it’s time to choose just the right backsplash. But how closely should it coordinate with your countertop? A dead match? Or something that ties in a little more subtly, with complementing colors and patterns? To help you get it right, we asked professionals to share their best guidance on choosing the perfect backsplash. Read on to learn more.

Aya Bradley

Aya Bradley

Aya Bradley,  Home Design, Indoor Plant, and DIY Editor at Boureston Media Inc. Web:

A pair and not individually

A lot of things happen in the kitchen, that’s why it makes sense to make it look neat. The furniture you choose matters a lot, so you have to choose carefully and research furniture.

Now, after you’ve chosen everything, something seems to be missing: your backsplash. It’s one of the most overlooked things in the kitchen but is one of the most important parts. Having a backsplash can help protect your walls, prevent stains, and even avoid pests.

When choosing a backsplash, it’s important to consider your countertops because it’s like an extension of them. So, how can you ensure that your backsplash matches your countertops?

Here are three ways:

Contrast Is Key

When choosing a backsplash that matches your countertops, think “contrast is key.” If you have a solid countertop, a colorful or complex backsplash would go well with it. If there’s already a lot happening on your countertop, you should opt for a more solid or quieter backsplash.

Read The Room

Yes, you have to consider how your backsplash works with your countertop. But, you should also know to consider the whole room. If your kitchen already looks busy with all the decor and appliances, a clean and solid backsplash would work better. It’s not going to make your kitchen seem more stressful.

Make It All Come Together

Take note that your countertop and backsplash should come together since they are an extension of each other. They should look like they have a certain theme to them. If you really want to play it safe, you can use the same materials in your countertop as your backsplash.

Ultimately, you should think of your backsplash as a big part of your countertop. They should be thought of as a pair and not individually. Make sure that you get a trusted installer to avoid any future problems.

Experiment with patterns

When choosing a backsplash for your countertop, mix instead of matching it, since [matching] will typically come out as an uninspiring look. Depending on your choice of color, [matching] can hurt your budget more. Instead, experiment with patterns and colors that complement each other.

Kate Diaz

Kate Diaz

Kate Diaz, an interior designer and owner/writer for, a home DIY, decor, and how-to website.
Sydney Brisco

Sydney Brisco

Sydney Brisco writes for the website Just A Homeowner, a website designed to teach new homeowners how to maintain, design, and finance their homes.

Choose and match

  • Choose a backsplash that is easy to clean, the shinier it is the easier it is to clean
  • Smaller backsplash tiles are easier to put on walls
  • Self-stick tiles are an excellent option for less experienced homeowners
  • Choose an interesting tile or mix different tiles and patterns to make your backsplash more interesting
  • Choose a color that has a similar undertone, warm or cool, as your countertop
  • If your countertop has multiple colors, match your backsplash to one of the colors on the countertop

Make it a personal choice

You’ll find many ideas and opinions about what makes a good match and what countertops clash with what backsplashes. So, you can make the backsplash as an extension of the countertops (in the same color or texture and material), or you can create an accent backsplash that becomes a feature of the entire kitchen design. It can match with walls, cabinets, or the floor, or it can contrast with any of them. Either way works as far as interior design is concerned! Ultimately, experimenting is the way to go, so if you can find backsplash peel-and-stick tiles in a few designs you like, it can be a real game-changer.

Saul Cerni

Saul Cerni is the founder of and an expert home decorator, remodeler, and DIY enthusiast. Over the past 20 years, he has remodeled and decorated 4 of his households several times over.

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