Countertop materials come and go in terms of popularity, but contrasting countertop backsplashes are enjoying a consistent rise. These vertical countertop extensions run flush up the wall and add a new level of visual depth to your remodeled kitchen.

 You can spot this trend everywhere. Whether it’s on home improvement television shows or in the aisles of your local Home Depot, there are now hundreds of contrasting backsplash options for designers and homeowners.

 If you’re in the market for a kitchen remodel, chances are you’ve thought about adding a contrasting backsplash to your new countertop. Here’s a few things to keep in mind as you weigh your options.

Three Key Tips for Choosing the Perfect Backsplash

One: What’s your style?

Backsplashes are all about creating a sense of style in your kitchen. Like a colorful scarf or a piece of jewelry, backsplashes attract attention and add character. Are you going for a chic, contemporary look? Or something funky yet refined? Choose your backsplash wisely and you’ll create a kitchen theme to be cherished for decades to come.

Two: More Materials, More Variety

It’s important to consider both texture and color when choosing a contrasting backsplash material. Take the time you need to consider a variety of options. After all, you’ll be living with your choice for years to come. Here’s a few easy tips for comparing materials:

  •  Experience it: Take sample materials and paste them to the wall for a few days. This will allow you to get a better feel for which swatches fit with the changing light conditions of your kitchen. Plus, you want to make sure that it just feels right.
  • Consider your surroundings: It’s important to pick a contrasting backsplash that, well, contrasts properly with your countertop. Remember, the backsplash is your accent piece, so pick something that’s bold.
  • Have fun with it: Choosing a backsplash can be fun! Mix and match different colors and materials to your heart’s content. Consider both tame and odd materials in your search. Engineered stone, or quartz, is perhaps one of the most versatile backsplash materials. It’s an excellent option for nearly any kitchen remodel.

Three: Go for impact

Remember, you can always use different backsplash materials and colors for different areas of the kitchen. Generally the areas above the sink and range attract the most attention. Use these “high impact” areas to play with bold materials, such as engineered stone.

With a nearly infinite amount of options to choose from, experimenting with different combinations can be a lot of fun.