Typically the counter finish complements your color scheme rather than takes center stage, unless you choose a dramatic tile pattern, such as decorative glass or mosaic tile, that wraps the backsplash and up the wall to form an accent area.
Choices for your backsplash may include 12-inch marble or onyx tiles lit from behind, 6 x 12-inch glass tiles set in a running bond, or 18-inch metallic finish tiles that fill the space with only one vertical grout line every 18-inches.
Any material can be installed on a backsplash, which means that you can have an inexpensive splash for one hundred dollars, or an over-the-top splash that costs ten thousand, which consists of a handpainted mural and decorative tiles.
The countertop and backsplash are usually made to complement one another, whether the same material is used on both, such as tiles, or two natural stones are combined such as granite and sandstone.
For example, if your kitchen already has a lot of green, with an Uba Tuba granite top, green slate floor and backsplash, then you can spice up your walls with a burgundy to make the green pop.
Chair rails, mixed material mosaics and accent tiles are also available for relatively little money, making a backsplash out of slate one of the more economic choices for backsplash designs.
Use tiles that form pine trees around your fireplace surround in your cabin in the woods, and cover your kitchen backsplash with chickens, roosters or grape vines if these are your passions.
Whether you have been looking for a place in your home to use stone tiles, or you're looking for Arts and Crafts tiles to complete your home, make the backsplash the place to showcase them.
If you have a backsplash behind your stove that adequately covers that wall and if your kitchen is well ventilated so that steam and moisture do not build up, you can choose a matte finish.
Begin by pulling an accent or coordinating color from your counter, whether the material is granite or slate tiles, the counter should always be the starting point for backsplash color.