Calacatta Vagli Marble Countertops with Mosaic Tile Backsplash

How to Match Your Backsplash and Countertop

When it comes to designing your dream kitchen, there are two major decisions you will have to make – the type of backsplash and countertop. In order for your kitchen to look clean and cohesive, you need to make sure your backsplash and countertop complement one another. This guide will go over everything you need to know about how to ensure your kitchen is arranged perfectly.

Where to Start…

Where do you start such a project with so many choices, styles and colors out there? Similar colors aren’t always the key to a perfect match. You must also consider the amount of movement and finish of your countertop to create a look you will love. We recommend that you create a vision board that incorporates the colors, materials and style you are going for. This will help you visualize your new space.

It is common practice to select your countertop first because it is a more significant investment than your backsplash. From a practical standpoint, your countertop is also installed first. Once it is installed, you can then take home sample backsplash tiles to see how they look with the rest of your design.

Color and Movement

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Blue Roma Quartzite Kitchen Countertop and White Subway Tile Backsplash

The aesthetic of your countertop will play an important role in choosing your backsplash. Consider using a color wheel to decide which colors will complement your kitchen design. It is common practice to choose a backsplash that has a color matching the movement of your countertop or at the very least aligns with the color palette of your kitchen.

You also want to consider the amount of movement in your countertop. You don’t want your backsplash and countertop to compete with one another. For example, if you have a quartz countertop with uniform movement, you have the option of either choosing a minimalistic approach of a neutral backsplash or amp up your selection with a more intricate design.

Another popular option is to use the same material as your countertop for your backsplash. This creates a sleek, modern look that can also be a more cost-effective option if you have extra countertop material left over.

Maintenance of Your Backsplash

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Featured: Emser Ombre Blue Tile Backsplash

Your backsplash serves two purposes both to amplify the look and feel of your kitchen and function as a barrier against grease and stains. This is important to keep in mind when choosing your materials.

Make sure whatever material you want can be cleaned easily. Larger tiles have less grout, which means fewer joints and easy maintenance. It is important to note that some backsplashes require more maintenance than others. For example, natural stone will need to be cleaned and sealed repeatedly.

Calacatta Sponda Quartz Kitchen Countertop and Backsplash
Calacatta Sponda Quartz Kitchen Countertop and Backsplash

In summary, think of your backsplash as an extension of your countertop. They should complement one another. If you have any questions please consult our team of experts or another design professional.

We have everything you need from cabinets and countertops to backsplashes. With over 10 years of experience, we’ve mastered multiple kitchen styles. When you’re ready to design the kitchen of your dreams, contact us for a free in home estimate!

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New Countertop Options

Polished finishes on countertops have dominated design trends over the past decade. This is not difficult to believe considering a high gloss finish on stone countertops is such a timeless look. However, there are new countertop options that are trending — honed finish, leathered finish, rough finish, concrete finish, flamed finish, and volcano finish.

Countertop manufacturers such as MSI, Silestone, Caesarstone, and Cosmo have introduced new countertop options, and their popularity has taken off. They can take any kitchen design to the next level and distinguish your space from the rest.

The question is which one is right for you? Choosing the right finish for your space isn’t purely a cosmetic choice. It can change the appearance, care, and maintenance of the stone. To help you decide, here is a guide of the different types of finishes for your quartz or granite countertops.

Quartz Countertop Options

Quartz countertops have become increasingly popular due to their durability, uniform movement, and beauty. Since quartz is a manmade product created with resins and recycled materials, it is not only durable but customizable and sealed from any bacteria. This is a nice advantage over natural stone countertops that need to be sealed and have a more limited variety of finishes.

Polished Finish

The most well-known finish is polished or ‘high gloss’. All quartz manufacturers offer it, and it intensifies the color and clarity of quartz. They create its glossy, mirror-like sheen by using fine abrasive powders and diamond discs.

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Featured: Calacatta Verona quartz countertop with a polished finish

Honed Finish

Honed is a soft, matte finish. It gives your surface a smooth, modern look without a glossy reflection. Manufacturers create this look by not buffing the quartz.

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Featured: Piatto Black quartz with a honed finish

Suede Finish

One of the newer finishes that is trending is the suede or ‘leathered’ finish. It also features a soft, matte style but includes a more textured appearance than honed. The stone’s beautiful, dimpled texture is achieved when diamond-tipped brushes run over honed granite.

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Featured: Stellar Negro quartz countertop with suede finish

Rough Finish

This rich, modern finish has a more tactile texture. Caesarstone’s rough finish has a more distinctive texture that is designed to mimic the coarseness of natural stone. This finish will reveal variations in appearance that are distinct to each quartz slab, mimicking the uniqueness of granite slabs.

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Featured: Piatto Black quartz countertop with rough finish

Concrete Finish

Another new countertop option that is trending right now is concrete finish. It features a lightly textured stone that acts as a middle ground between the Honed and Rough finishes. MSI and Caesarstone offer this lightly reflective finish that is sure to deliver a timeless, industrial feeling to any space.

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Featured: Babylon Gray quartz countertop with a concrete finish

Volcano Finish

Finally, this unique texture mimics the look of volcanic rocks. Silestone’s volcano finish features a rustic yet soft feel. It is a statement piece that will add a bold, contemporary look to your space.

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Featured: Gris Expo quartz countertop with a volcano finish

Granite Countertop Options

Granite is a great choice for your kitchen countertops. Its strength, durability, and affordable price point are just some of the qualities that make it the perfect choice for many homeowners. While granite has fewer finish options and needs to be sealed, it more than makes up for it with its uniqueness and beauty.

Polished Finish

There are three finishes that are used on both granite and quartz and this is one of them. This glossy, reflective finish is a timeless style that gives granite a smooth feel and enhances its unique beauty. An advantage to this finish is that it not only seals the pores of the stone but repels water and moisture making it more stain-resistant.

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Featured: Blue Bahia granite countertop with polished finish

Honed Finish

Another finish used on natural and engineered stone is honed finish. This matte finish is soft and velvety to the touch. It is perfect for darker colors where you can see the degree of honing whether it be diamond smooth, satin or velvet.

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Featured: Salinas White granite countertops with honed finish

Leathered Finish

The last finish that is used on both granite and quartz is leathered finish. It provides a sophisticated look that has taken over recent design trends. Its soft, dimpled surface helps resist stains and hides watermarks.

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Featured: Silver Waves granite countertop with leathered finish

Flamed Finish

The most unique new countertop option is the flamed finish. It can only be used on specific stones and features a rough, faded texture. MSI creates this finish with intense, controlled heat that bursts the grains of the stone giving it a more muted look.

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Featured: Black Pearl granite countertop with flamed finish

Whichever countertop option you choose they are sure to add a gorgeous, chic look to your space. Contact us on our website or by phone at (864) 633-2366 to discuss finish options available for your new countertops.

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How to Prepare for New Kitchen Countertops

Renovating your kitchen is one of the best ways to add value to your home. Replacing your countertops is a huge part of that process and can add more value than you realize. Therefore, it is important to know what the installation process looks like and how to prepare yourself and your home. Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing your kitchen for new countertops.

Temporary Spaces

From templating to installation, your kitchen will be out of working order for a while. Before this process begins you will need to move your everyday items out of the kitchen and place them in safe, temporary spaces. We also recommend preparing meals ahead of time or going out to eat in order to give the professionals space and time to do their job. Setting up a temporary space to cook and eat will preserve a sense of normalcy during this hectic time.

Remove Items from Your Kitchen

Remove any items on or around your kitchen countertops. This can include dishes, utensils, coffee makers, decorations, plants, or anything you don’t want to be broken. We recommend moving whatever dishes you may need for meals while your kitchen is not accessible. This will make this process easier for both you and the installer.

Prepare Your Space

Replacing your kitchen countertops is a construction process that can be messy. Create a clear path for easy access to your kitchen and lay down drop cloths or tarps. This will protect your flooring and minimize any mess. We also recommend covering the construction area’s entryway and vents to contain any dust, as well as covering any furniture in the adjacent areas.

Are you more of a checklist person? Check out our checklist on how to prepare your home for kitchen countertops:

Installation

Now that your space is prepped and cleaned, your installers will be able to complete their job on time and efficiently. Once you have chosen your countertops and received your free estimate, they will come out and remove your current countertop. Then they will take measurements and create a template. Usually, after 5 – 7 business days from creating the template, they will install your countertops on a scheduled time and date. Installation takes anywhere from 2 to 7 hours depending on the size of your kitchen.

The most important thing throughout this entire process is communication. If you have any questions simply ask them. It is better to ask what you need to do to prepare rather than to end up making it more difficult for both of you by doing something wrong.