It’s an age old dilemma when remodeling a kitchen: how does one properly pair a backsplash and countertop material? Like most things in design, there are no hard and fast rules, and if there are, many of them are meant to be broken, but here are some of my favorite combos that will be winners every time.
Butcher block counters add more warmth to a kitchen than most stone-type surfaces, which is why I think a wainscot style of beadboard backsplash is perfect for butcher block counters. It continues the woodworking theme and the beadboard option doesn’t have quite the same classic country affect with any other counter top option.
Butcher block in any color also looks great with a white ceramic tile backsplash. Using different shapes such as 4 x 4 squares, subway tiles, or hexagons will add more or less interest to this simple, but classic pairing. This is a great option for anyone looking for something simple without being boring.
Quartz has the beauty of stone, but comes in a variety of colors to fit my needs depending on the backsplash that I choose. Because it is more consistent in pattern and movement than other stones, it fits equally well into traditional, modern, or eclectic homes, which then allow the ultimate style of the space to be determined by the backsplash selection. My favorite combinations are Caesarstone quartz paired with Moroccan tile (photo at left, above) for a more eclectic and colorful vibe, and Caesarstone paired with glass tile which takes it in a more sleek and modern direction.
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