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

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


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?

backsplash for granite counters

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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’.

backsplash for granite counters

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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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