Coordinating Countertops and Backsplash

Coordinating Countertops and Backsplash

There are some ways to ensure that your countertops and backsplash are coordinated and complement one another.

When remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, it can be so exciting to pick different colors and materials and run with your dreams. However, there needs to be some amount of coordination between your design decisions, otherwise you end up with a confusing mess of styles. It’s no fun to spend time going through Instagram or Pinterest, reading magazines, and settling on everything you want only to realize that all of your design decisions clash with one another. There are some ways to ensure that your countertops and backsplash are coordinated and complement one another instead of fighting for your attention.

The Basics

First up, you need to think about your color palette. Color palettes are universal to design and help inform the rest of your kitchen or bathroom remodel. Generally, what this means is that if you’re using multiple colors, you can choose two dominant colors and one accent shade. That palette is going to help you determine what materials you use as well as how you end up coordinating your countertops and backsplash. Learning the basics of designing with color gives you a good place to start.

You also want to have a general idea of what style your space will resemble. Whether you want something traditional or modern, it can help guide you quite a bit when you end up choosing your materials. A cozy farmhouse kitchen is going to look very different from a contemporary kitchen. Coordinating your countertops and backsplash helps develop that overall sense of style.

What’s First?

You may have your color palette, style, and all those big, central items like your refrigerator picked out. Now you’re starting to think about your countertops and backsplash and how you should coordinate them, but what goes first? There’s certainly no definite answer or one-size-fits-all approach. However, many people choose to pick their countertops first. Your counters take up more room in your kitchen and are going to take up more of your budget. That makes it easier to settle on a countertop and then find a good backsplash tile to complement your counters.

A Central Design

Regardless of what you settle on first, remember a design principle when implementing them: you can’t have different visual elements fighting for your attention. Choose one as your focal point where you can make a statement and let the other play the supporting role. It’s still possible to mix colors or patterns, just make sure that one element is more subtle and complementary than the other.


If you have questions regarding kitchen or bathroom countertop trends, Rock Tops Fabrication is here to answer them. Our trained professionals are here to make sure that your new kitchen is designed and finished in exactly the way you want it. We service Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Feel free to give us a call at 410-363-4257. For more information, tips, and tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest, and Houzz.

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