You finally selected the perfect marble countertop for your kitchen, only to face a new dilemma—your backsplash. Choosing marble countertop backsplashes may seem daunting with so many choices.
Read on for a few helpful tips that will help you find the right backsplash for your new marble countertop.
SET YOUR BASE PARAMETERS
Installing a backsplash protects your walls, makes cleanup more manageable, and can complement your marble countertop. When it comes down to finding the right marble countertop backsplashes, the variety of options can be overwhelming. Before setting foot in a showroom or picking up a sample, you may want to establish some parameters.
Determine a budget for your backsplash and stick to it. You probably don’t want to fall in love with something you can’t afford. Overspending on one element could leave your remodeling project incomplete until the next paycheck. Skimping on materials can lead to a suite of other issues, so consider longevity when making your selection.
Accounting for the installation process and materials is critical. Getting home after shopping only to find out you forgot grout is going to take the wind right out of your sails.
Do not forget to measure your space! Knowing the exact size of the area you need to cover is crucial. Depending on the size of your kitchen area, the cost of a magnificent marble countertop backsplash could quickly spiral out of control.
Having your measurements for reference will be a tremendous help when making the purchase. For example, smaller kitchens may not accommodate busy or large pieces. Larger areas may not look quite right with small, intricate tiles.
CONSIDER COLORS AND PATTERNS
It makes sense that you would choose a backsplash that complements the colors in your marble countertop, so you may want to start with a color wheel. You could choose a color that complements the veins in your marble countertop.
Complementary colors aren’t your only option. You could choose contrasting colors to set off the unique features in the marble. Either way, drawing out the colors in the marble veins is an excellent idea because you don’t want your backsplash to fight the elements that drew you to the countertop in the first place!
The pattern is another aspect to consider, especially if you have dramatic movement in your marble countertop. If you have a monochromatic countertop with little color variation, choose a vibrant backsplash to pair with the subtle patterns. For bold designers, mix and match to create a unique design that pulls everything together!
Another possibility you can consider is extending the countertop with extra marble for the backsplash. This approach generally creates a clean, uniform look that’s cost-effective and timeless.
EXPERIMENT WITH MATERIALS
Marble countertop backsplashes can involve a variety of materials, which gives you a lot of wiggle room. You could experiment with multiple materials to achieve the look you desire.
Of course, it helps to remember that backsplashes protect your walls, so they tend to get messy. You may want to prioritize materials that make for easy cleanup. Keep in mind that larger tiles use less grout, meaning less cleaning on your part.
You may also want to consider the maintenance required for each type of backsplash. For example, you can expect to thoroughly clean and reseal a natural stone backsplash at least twice per year. Also, some backsplashes stand out because of their shine. Evaluate if a natural stone backsplash, for example, is worth the upkeep.
ADDITIONAL TIPS AND TRICKS
Though colors and materials should narrow the field, you may still have a few contenders left. To help determine the best backsplash for your kitchen, it’s a good idea to install your countertop first.
With your marble countertop in place, you can address the remaining samples to see which work best overall. A useful tip that helps simplify the decision-making process is eliminating options that do not fit with the rest of your kitchen.
You may find that some marble countertop backsplashes only pop under specific lighting conditions. Is your kitchen too dark? Maybe the backsplash clashes with your kitchen fixtures and furniture. Use this strategy to whittle down the options, and eventually you’ll have your winner.
READY TO ADD A CUSTOM MARBLE COUNTERTOP BACKSPLASH TO YOUR KITCHEN?
If it’s time to update your kitchen with marble countertops and backsplashes, we’ve got the look you seek. Our professionals will guide you through every step of the process to bring your vision to life.
Based in Littleton, Bella Casa Countertops and Stone has served Colorado residents since 2001. We’re ready to help you create your dream kitchen. Contact us at 720-839-1189 or reach out online to discuss your project.