Does the Color of a Backsplash Have to Match the Rest of the Kitchen?

Does the Color of a Backsplash Have to Match the Rest of the Kitchen?

Designing a new or updated kitchen is an exciting time. Many homeowners have waited for many years to begin a kitchen renovation or remodel, while others are choosing the finishes in their newly constructed home. In either case, homeowners quickly discover that there is a multitude of available choices and that selecting from those options can be a bit intimidating. One common question that arises is whether the color of the backsplash should match the other color choices used throughout the kitchen. The answer is both simple and frustrating: it depends.

Going with the Color Flow

For some homeowners, having a consistent and cohesive color scheme is the desired approach. For these clients, selecting a backsplash that matches the colors used in flooring, paint or countertops is important. In many cases, the color scheme is neutral, and the backsplash is intended to blend in with the other elements of the kitchen. This option allows the homeowner to spice things up by using brightly colored accessories and textiles in the room.  

Making a Splash with the Backsplash

For other clients, the backsplash is an opportunity to take things to the next level. There are so many choices available to those who are looking for maximum impact, including textured tile in virtually every conceivable color and even hammered metal. When the backsplash is intended to serve as a focal point within the room, matching with the rest of the color scheme is less of a priority. 

Installing a backsplash protects the wall from being stained or damaged during food preperation

Take a Cue From the Countertop

One of the most common approaches to selecting a backsplash is to begin by choosing the countertop material and working from there. For homeowners who are going with a granite or tiled countertop that already offers a great deal of texture, selecting a more neutral or understated backsplash is a good idea. For those who have chosen a solid color or less detailed countertop, the backsplash can be far more detailed or ornate. Achieving balance is essential when selecting countertop and backsplash materials. 

Consider Matters of Utility 

It should also be noted that the backsplash serves an essential function in a kitchen. Installing a backsplash protects the wall from being stained or damaged during food preparation. In a busy kitchen where food is being regularly prepared, the backsplash will need to be frequently cleaned. Homeowners who choose a heavily textured or tiled backsplash will have a considerably harder time keeping that surface clean, as compared to a smoother finish. Grout lines will also complicate clean-up tasks.  

No matter what type of backsplash you select, the team at Kitchen Tune-Up is here to help. We offer free quotes, a range of pricing options and can answer any questions that you have about your next kitchen remodeling project. Call us today to learn more about the services that we offer. 

Looking for remodeling and design tips? Subscribe here.