Backsplashes may initially seem like an afterthought, but the right backsplash can change the entire look of your kitchen. Not only are they useful for easy cleanup of splashes and spills, but they are also a great way to add some color and character to your kitchen space.
Backsplashes come in many different materials, colors, and looks to go with the design of your home or add some new life to your granite countertops. Granite countertops are just as versatile, creating many combinations of backsplashes and countertops to choose from.
With so many different options, finding the right backsplash to coordinate with your particular style of granite countertops may seem like a daunting task.
Along with considering color and material, you should also consider your lifestyle and the upkeep required. Some backsplashes require more care and maintenance to keep them looking their best, while others require little to no maintenance and can help keep your walls clean.
We have searched multiple reliable sources to bring you an inclusive selection of backsplash ideas that are sure to inspire your kitchen project.
1. Brown neutral rectangular tile backsplash
Warm shades of brown and neutral are a cozy classic combination that will never go out of style. The warm-colored tile pictured above is a timeless look comprised of the same neutral and brown shades as the granite backsplash.
The modern, edgy rectangular-shaped tile is almost camouflaged in the transition from countertop to the backsplash. This combination of matching backsplash and countertop creates a more spacious appearance for your counter area.
2. White square tile backsplash
White is a crisp, clean color that has recently become very popular for use in kitchens. The white square tile used in the example above, combined with the white cabinets, creates an airy and open appearance. The kitchen pictured in the example above uses vivid shades of jewel-toned green and eye-catching gold to accent the bright white.
The white-based granite countertops are the perfect pairing for your white cabinets and backsplash but add an additional splash of color.
3. Black subway tile backsplash
Black is a bold and dramatic color that will make a statement in any kitchen space. The black subway tile used for the backsplash in the example above accentuates the black specks in the granite countertops. The use of white grout highlights the shape of the subway tile for a sleek and modern look. Using white throughout the rest of this kitchen keeps the space light and open-looking.
4. Grey linear mosaic tile backsplash
Dark-colored cabinets can make your space look dark and smaller than it is. You can prevent this by using a lighter backsplash and countertop color, as seen in the example above. The brown and neutral granite used for the countertop is accented with this deep grey tile color to bring out some of the grey colors within the granite.
The linear mosaic tile used gives this space a long and modern look. As we discussed earlier, using white grout helps to highlight the uniquely shaped tile and lighten the color palette. The geometrical look of the linear mosaic tile gives this kitchen a unique and contemporary look.
5. Gray stone peel-and-stick backsplash
Consider using a grey stone tile such as the one pictured in the example above for a more rustic-looking backsplash to pair with your granite countertops. This particular tile is a peel-and-stick version made for easy installation and minimal clean-up. Peel-and-stick backsplashes require no grout and are very simple and, most times, less expensive than traditional tile to install.
Because the adhesive is designed for a flat surface and is extremely strong, it will not stick to textured walls and can damage the surface underneath when trying to take it off. Peel-and-stick adhesive can also become damaged from excessive moisture, causing the tile to peel off the surface.
6. Pebble stone tile backsplash
Pebblestone tile is another rustic option to consider as a unique material for your backsplash. The example above shows that this tile can add texture, color, and charm to your space. The example above shows this backsplash paired with a dark granite countertop, but this type of tile is highly versatile. It would also pair beautifully with any color of granite or other countertop material.
Because this tile is made with stones already intact, installation is relatively easy. Maintenence is similar to regular tile because this pebble stone tile requires the use of grout.
7. Two-toned tile backsplash
For a unique look to your backsplash, two or more different types of tile can be used in combination. The white and black tile combination used in the example above coordinates perfectly with the black and white granite countertops. The grey cabinets are the perfect addition to this countertop and backsplash combination.
The smaller mosaic tile used above the stove and behind the range hood draws the eye upward to create the illusion of a taller ceiling. Using this same tile throughout the rest of the backsplash creates a cohesive look. The black embellishment along the top of the cabinet trim coordinates beautifully with the black color of the mosaic tile accents.
8. Neutral square tile with mosaic accents
Another option for a backsplash to pair with your granite countertops is mixing different tile sizes to look similar to the one pictured above. By combining square neutral tiles with smaller mosaic tiles, a whole new look can be created for your kitchen. Using different shades from your granite as color inspiration draws the entire look together.
While there are no hard and fast rules for tile design, using the same material for your tiles can help create a cohesive look. It is not uncommon to mix two or more tile styles for an unmatched look, even adding a creative tile inset like the one shown above.
9. Mother of pearl mosaic tile backsplash
Because it is made from the iridescent material that lines the insides of some shells, Mother of pearl creates a shining dimensional look that is unmatched. Using tile made of Mother of pearl can add sparkle and shimmer throughout your kitchen that will bring out the sparkle and different colors in your granite countertops.
The white mosaic tile above contrasts the black countertops and accentuates the light specks of color throughout the granite. This unique material will also draw attention to metallic colors used throughout the room, such as stainless steel appliances and cabinet pulls.
10. Smoky quartz geode glass tile backsplash
For a backsplash that will catch the eye with an unmatched enchanted look, a smoky quartz geode glass tile backsplash may be just what you are looking for. Detailed and ornate, this tile is sure to grab the attention of anyone walking through your kitchen.
Dark and smoky with both light and warm accents, this backsplash would coordinate with pretty much any color of granite imaginable. Glass tile is also highly durable and easy to clean, making maintenance a breeze.
11. Floral wood look tile backsplash
To create a softer rustic look, consider wood-look tile similar to the tile pictured in the example above. Made to mimic the look and texture of wood, these tiles are sure to turn heads.
This material is typically used for flooring but makes a statement as a backsplash, especially with the added floral detail. The floral stem detail brings out the veining in the granite that tends to get lost in all of the other colors and patterns with granite materials.
Your kitchen is one of the most used spaces in your home, and decorating it should be personalized to fit your tastes and lifestyle. Choosing a backsplash to pair with your granite countertops should appeal to your style as well as coordinate with the rest of your home. We hope that the selection of backsplashes that we have provided has helped to inspire your kitchen counter project.
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