Backsplash for Granite Counters – How to choose it right the first time!

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I am currently working on a home renovation where the kitchen is getting a total makeover.  We’re talking new kitchen layout, new cabinets and new counters.  We are at the stage where we are picking new backsplash for granite counters.  Here is what the kitchen currently looks like:

backsplash for granite counters

I always like to pick backsplash tile after the granite has been installed.  When I was talking with the fabricator, he too agrees to pick backsplash after it has been installed.  I know General Contractors do not always like that as it may appear to stall things a bit, but here are top 2 reasons why I wait.

Backsplash for Granite Counters: Reason 1

When you choose granite from a yard, the lighting is very different in the yard compared to when it arrives at the home.  The granite also looks extremely different when it’s installed  horizontal compared to how you view it in a yard (vertical).

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You never get the true feel of granite until it has been installed in your home.

Backsplash for Granite Counters: Reason 2

When I have clients install granite, I give them the comparison of granite to the Academy Awards.  In movies, you only have one ‘BEST’ actor and actress.  The other actors and actresses are supporting.  The same holds true for granite.  The granite will be the star of your kitchen.  That means your backsplash needs to support your granite – not compete with it.

When I have clients look at backsplash, they are typically looking at it and not relating it to their granite.  I mean, look how gorgeous these tiles are on their own:

backsplash for granite counters

Each and every one is unique in its own way.  But…can you image any of these tiles against a busy and bossy granite?  Here’s what can happen:

backsplash for granite counters

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The backsplash is totally competing with the granite.  Are you as dizzy as I am looking at this?

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What are you thoughts of this kitchen?  Mine…it actually turns my stomach (no offence as it’s just my personal opinion).

Choosing backsplash to go with Granite Counters

So what is the answer to choosing backsplash to go with granite?  Go with a solid backsplash.  Here are a couple of kitchens where you can clearly see that the granite is the ‘star’ and the backsplash is the ‘supporting feature’.

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backsplash for granite counters

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backsplash for granite counters

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*Not crazy about the little bit of granite backsplash and then the tile*

I can’t wait for the final reveal of this kitchen I am working on.  Here’s one last peek at the kitchen before their backsplash gets installed.

backsplash for granite counters

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  1. on 07.12.2015
    at 9:21 AM

    Great advise! The wrong backsplash can destroy a beautiful granite selection.

    • on 07.12.2015
      at 4:29 PM

      Thanks Karen. I’m sure you have also seen your fair share of some nasty kitchens that could have been stunning!

  2. Bert
    on 07.12.2015
    at 4:20 PM

    Agree 100% Plain backspash with busy granite for sure. The other pictures are way too busy. Where do you look first? I’m not a big fan of granite because i find it to be too busy but i will say that the one you chose looks beautiful with your cupboards. Hope you post the finished product. Would love to see it. Great post, thanks

    • on 07.12.2015
      at 4:28 PM

      Thanks Bert. I am finding a lot of my clients who are like you, who do not like the busyness of granite, will go for quartz. There are some very beautiful quartz counters out in the market where you can be creative with backsplash tile if you wanted to. In my own kitchen, I used Caesarstone Nougat. I absolutely love!

  3. on 26.02.2016
    at 10:20 AM

    I love the idea of adding a backsplash that would compliment a granite counter really well. It is a nice way to even add some color as well, like having yellow flowers or something else nice on it! As long as it looks good with the counter, it doesn’t really matter what sort of thing you want to put on it.

    • on 26.02.2016
      at 10:55 AM

      Thanks Sarah!

  4. on 13.04.2016
    at 9:02 AM

    Hi Sheri! Stumbled across the article reading a HOUZZ posting, but this is a great and simple explanation! Do you mind if I share it?


    • on 13.04.2016
      at 11:11 AM

      Hi Pam,
      Of course. Feel free to share away. I appreciate it!

  5. on 08.07.2016
    at 10:56 AM

    some great ideas there. I own a kitchen fitting company and im always looking for some inspiration.


    • on 12.07.2016
      at 1:35 PM

      Glad you could find some ideas here! ~Sheri

  6. on 29.08.2016
    at 2:17 PM

    Wow, this looks beautiful! I have a weakness for granite countertops myself. They make the entire room looks so fresh and contemporary! Nicely done! Thanks so much for sharing your progress with us!

  7. on 29.03.2017
    at 10:19 AM

    Wonderful article with amazing pictures I must say. It was an interesting topic. Thanks for sharing.

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