Backsplash Ideas for Granite Countertops

Gather backsplash ideas for granite countertops, and prepare to install a stylish and efficient backsplash in your kitchen.

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If your kitchen features granite countertops and you're looking to install a new kitchen backsplash or refurbish an existing one, you'll want to explore some specific backsplash ideas that pair well with granite countertops.

Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplash Options and Ideas

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Stainless Steel Backsplash & Red Kitchen Cabinets

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Modern Kitchen With Purple Wall, LED Lighting and Quartz Counter

Farmhouse Sink Area in Cottage Kitchen

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Rustic Transitional Kitchen

Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash and Wine Racks

Old World Kitchen With Nailhead Accents

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Smoky Gray Subway Tile in White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Metallic Tile Backsplash

Green Glass Tile Backsplash in Modern Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Multicolor Tile Backsplash

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Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash

Sleek Contemporary Kitchen With Photo Backsplash

Traditional Kitchen With Dark Wood Island

Black and White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Stove

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Eclectic Kitchen With Stone Countertops and Exotic Pendant Lights

Contemporary Black Metallic Kitchen With Red and White Bar Chairs

Eclectic Stone Bar With Blue Ceramic Backsplash

Red and Yellow Kitchen Backsplash

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Traditional Kitchen With Stainless Steel Range and Yellow Tile Backsplash

Transitional Kitchen With Rustic Table

Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Backsplash & Espresso Cabinets

Neutral Kitchen With Gray Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Sparkling Espresso Bar

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Gray and White Chef's Kitchen With Dot Backsplash

Orange Country-Style Kitchen With Open Shelving

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Modern Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and Mosaic Backsplash

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Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Cream & Brown Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

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Kitchen With Teal Mosaic Tile Wall

Spacious Gray-Blue Transitional Kitchen

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Contemporary Kitchen With Island Seating

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Bright and Fun Green Tiled Backsplash

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Gray Mediterranean Kitchen With Open Shelving

Transitional Kitchen With Dark Wood Cabinets and Granite Backsplash

Contemporary White Kitchen With Industrial Barstools

White Transitional Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Modern Apron Sink in White Mid-Century Kitchen

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White Transitional Kitchen With Marble Counters and Undermount Sink

White Contemporary Kitchen

Dark Bamboo Cabinets in Contemporary Brown Kitchen

Modern Kitchen With Frosted Glass Cabinets

Mediterranean-Inspired Kitchen With Striped Tile Backsplash

Subway Tile Backsplash With Cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets With Green Marble Countertops

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Floral Window Shade in Pale Yellow Kitchen

White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents

Tiny Kitchen With Light Gray Backsplash

Contemporary Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

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Green Kitchen With White Farmhouse Sink

Black Kitchen Cabinets With Copper Range Hood

Retro Cabinetry

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Traditional White Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling

Reflective Kitchen Backsplash

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Contemporary Gray Kitchen WIth Glossy Cabinets and Striped Tile

Contemporary Grey Kitchen With Corner Cabinet Lazy Susan

Countertop-to-Ceiling Kitchen Backsplash With Stainless-Steel Open Shelving

Modern Kitchen With Chocolate Brown Cabinets

Mediterranean Kitchen With Blue Backsplash

Colorful Tile Backsplash Gives a Vintage Look

Eclectic Eat-in Kitchen

Kitchen With Repurposed Buffet Table

Small Butler Pantry in Transitional Kitchen

Range Hood and Horizontal Wall Cabinets

White Farmhouse Sink in Country Kitchen

Open Shelving in White Cottage Kitchen

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Deep White Sink

Stainless Steel Built-In Kitchen Range and Hood

White Kitchen With Blue-Gray Glass Subway Tile

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Kitchen With Mirrored Backsplash and Marble Countertop

White Cottage Kitchen With Wet Bar and Built-In Desk

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Pro-Quality Stainless Steel Range

Farmhouse Sink in Transitional Green and White Kitchen

White Cottage Style Kitchen With Open Shelving and a Farmhouse Sink

Charming Cottage Kitchen In Classic White

Small Space White Kitchen With Pendant Lights

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Granite is one of the most sought-after materials in kitchen design, as it can lend a high-end, refined touch to any kitchen. Pairing the right backsplash with your granite countertops—in terms of material, color, pattern and texture—is an important step in creating the kitchen you've always dreamed of.

Your first decision when planning your kitchen backsplash will have to do with scope. Exactly how much backsplash do you need in order to create the perfect pairing with your granite countertops? To determine the scope of your backsplash, first decide if you want it to cover either a portion or the entirety of your kitchen's walls above your granite countertops. Some homeowners opt for the former, incorporating a more understated, low-profile backsplash, whereas others decide to go big and bold with a backsplash that covers the entire wall between the countertops and cabinets. When you've decided how much surface area you want to cover, simply measure and calculate the square footage in order to determine how much backsplash material you'll need.

Now that you know the amount of material you'll need, it's time to decide on the type of backsplash you'll install above your granite countertops. Your options here will be extensive, including traditional ceramic tile, visually dynamic mosaics, glass, stainless steel and an array of stone materials (including granite, if you decide to match the countertops and backsplash).

Within the various material categories, you'll find a range of styles, colors, textures and pricing tiers. For example, ceramic tile is generally the most widely available and one of the cheapest options for a backsplash, whereas stainless steel, glass and stone will put a little more strain on your wallet. You can also opt for more crafty DIY options like boldly patterned vinyl wallpaper or even found or recycled items like bottle caps for your backsplash, adding a personal touch and plenty of visual interest to your kitchen design.

When you've decided on the material you'll use for your backsplash, it's time to source it. If you've decided on traditional tile, stone or other common backsplash materials, your best bet is probably the local home improvement or tile specialty store—or any number of tile sources available online. For a DIY approach, you'll simply need to find or purchase whichever material you've decided on.

Once the materials are in your possession, it's time to install your backsplash. If you're a home improvement veteran, this may be old hat to you, and a DIY self-install may be possible; it'll certainly save you a lot of money. If, however, you're a little foggy on which end of a hammer is the business end, or, more likely, haven't installed a backsplash before, you may want to consider hiring a professional. You'll pay more, but you'll lessen the risk of a botched installation—thus saving yourself precious time you might otherwise spend measuring, re-measuring and measuring again, for example.

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