Inspiration and DIY 7 Ways to Do Backsplash for Granite Countertops

 
 

7 WAYS TO DO BACKSPLASH TILE FOR GRANITE COUTERTOPS

BACKSPLASH IDEAS

You've already got gorgeous granite countertops. Now what to do with the backsplash? You need backsplash tile that will complement your countertops; backsplash that makes a good supporting actor in your kitchen design. You don't want the backsplash to upstage the countertops. Neither do you want the backsplash to limply sit above the counter bringing down the whole design.

Here are seven ideas for countertop/backsplash combinations that could take the Academy Awards.

1. ECHO AN ACCENT COLOR IN THE GRANITE
Granite is naturally full of colors. Bring out the less visible colors in your countertop by creating a backsplash that reflects those colors.

Black, white, and gray are the most common colors in granite. You can also find pink, orange, yellow, blue, green, and brown in granite. Usually the neutral colors make up the overall color of the granite and the bolder colors make up the secondary colors.

Use your backsplash to bring out those secondary colors for a successful design in your kitchen or bathroom.



2. REVERSE THE COLOR OR PATTERN IN THE GRANITE
If your granite is white with a gray grain, reverse that scheme on the backsplash. Put up a backsplash tile that is black or gray with white as a secondary color.

Black granite is lovely with classic white and gray marble (or marble mimicking) tile. White granite is complemented by lighter tile in neutral colors with splashes of black here and there. The bi-colored harmony you'll create will both offset and complement the countertop.

The photo above features dark Volga Blue granite countertop. The backsplash is mosaic of gray, green, and white that highlights the same colors in the countertop (Egyptian Glass in Moonstone Blend).

3. ADD ANOTHER TYPE OF NATURAL STONE OR MORE GRANITE
Granite plays well with all other types of stone. Consider creating a backsplash with marble, slate, or limestone. They both hold their own as beautiful stones, but also harmonize your design with elegance.

Try creamy-based granite with bronze and umber highlights with a warm colored limestone mosaic. Or add a marble subway tile backsplash to a neutral granite countertop.

Granite in Tropical Brown on the countertop and backsplash

Granite in Tropical Brown on the countertop and backsplash

4. GO OPPOSITE ON THE TEXTURE
If you have a highly polished granite countertop, switch it up on your backsplash and opt for matte tile or rough stone on the backsplash. Too much of one finish can have an overwhelming sensation. A tile with texture brings balance to your glossy-finish countertops.

If you have honed granite, use the backsplash to introduce a little shine. Use glass tiles with high polish on the backsplash for a complimentary effect.

5. BRING IN A GEOMETRIC PATTERN
Mother Nature can be unpredictable; this is reflected in granite. It has no repeating pattern or color scheme. Irregularities are part of its beauty. In fact, the stone samples you look at in the showroom will not perfectly reflect what you'll end up with in your kitchen-each stone is unique. Complement this beautiful chaos that with something a little more structured.

Ion Metal in Oil Rubbed Bronze 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 Rope deco and tumbled slate in Copper 1 x 1 mosaics on the backsplash with Marron Cohiba granite on the countertop

Ion Metal in Oil Rubbed Bronze 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 Rope deco and tumbled slate in Copper 1 x 1 mosaics on the backsplash with Marron Cohiba Granite on the countertop

 

Geometric patterns are easy to achieve in tile. And you can create a pattern all your own that nobody else has. This stark contrast to your granite doesn't come as a shock, but a breath of fresh air.

Tiles set on the diagonal are especially complementary to a solid granite countertop. Consider using smaller mosaic 1 x 1s to create even more intricate patterns. The above photo features Ion Metals™ in Oil Rubbed Bronze 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 along with 1 x 1 tumbled slate with Marron Cohiba granite countertop).

6. Add Color
In many cases, granite forms the perfect neutral to accept bright colors. The backsplash is the perfect place to splash some color without overwhelming the beauty of the countertop.

Vibrant colored tiles generally come in glass or ceramic and in many sizes so you can create anything from a mosaic to a large-format subway tile backsplash.

 
Granite Radiance in UbaTuba blend on the backsplash

Granite Radiance in UbaTuba blend on the backsplash

7. SHED LIGHT ON IT
Under-cabinet lighting can do wonders for your countertop and backsplash when done correctly. Tile requires special consideration when planning lighting because of its sometimes uneven, or uneven-appearing surface. Read more about lighting tile in our publication, Lighting Placement.

Backsplashes generally get hidden under the hood of the stove or the cabinets rendering all your hard design work useless. Light draws attention to your design choices. Be careful to use the light that best compliments your colors and tile. Incandescent light and LED lights produce different effects in your kitchen or bathroom.

Light draws attention to your design choices. Be careful to use the light that best compliments your colors. Incandescent light and LED lights produce different effects in your kitchen or bathroom.

 

Determine how much light you want. Do you want something more ambient as in the photo above (featuring Ubatuba Blend from the Granite Radiance series on the backsplash), directional, or a spotlight effect? View your countertop and backsplash under several types of light before you decide which combo works the best.