Kitchen Remodeling Tips for Backsplashes and Countertops

You’re finally ready for that long-awaited kitchen remodel, you’ve chosen your custom remodeler, created a plan, and now it’s time to choose how your countertops and backsplash will look and the materials you’ll use. Where should you begin? With the vast selection available in today’s marketplace, this decision can seem overwhelming. The countertop and backsplash can work together to complement each other or contrast with each other. Or, they can blend with or stand out from the flooring and cabinetry.

Generally, you can use one to choose the other – that is, choose the countertop first, then select a coordinating backsplash, or vice versa. Since the countertop is installed first and constitutes a good portion of your budget, this may be your preferred order. If you know you want a bold backsplash that makes a statement, choose a more subtle countertop material or pattern, so that the two complement rather than compete with each other. Once you have honed in on your ideal countertop, you will have automatically narrowed down the range of options for your backsplash.

Three of the most common types of back splashes are worth exploring. The most common is a four-inch high backsplash made of the same material as the countertop. You can open up a world of artistic possibilities with the tile backsplash. The realm of shapes, sizes, materials and designs is unlimited and lets you be creative. A tile backsplash may be costlier by nature. Although it covers a smaller surface (20-40 sq. ft.), the tile backsplash requires at least two days to complete by the time the entire area is set, grouted and sealed. It is a personal decision where the backsplash will start. Most people forego the four-inch rise on the countertop and place the tile directly on top of where the countertop meets the wall. A tile backsplash can also easily be done later, if your current finances don’t allow it. If your kitchen is spacious and lets in plenty of natural light, you might want to consider the third option of having a full backsplash of the same material as your countertop for a seamless effect. However, keep in mind that this usually is more expensive than a tile backsplash, and the granite will require cut-outs at every electrical outlet.