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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By: Sean McEvoy

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.

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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.

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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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