It’s recommended that you update your kitchen every 10 to 15 years or so. Whether it’s for aesthetic or functional reasons, it’s always a good idea to reassess every decade to make sure your kitchen still works in the way you want it to.
You may be doing a complete kitchen remodel, or maybe you’re just tackling little elements, on at a time. Either way, you need to replace and update your backsplash.
A good choice is a granite backsplash, as it’s not only durable but also aesthetically pleasing.
If you’re wondering how to choose the right granite backsplash for your kitchen, then read on! We’ll give you all the tips you need to pick the perfect one for your home.
4-Inch vs. Full-Height Granite Backsplash
When it comes to granite backsplashes, you have 2 options: 4-inch or full-height. Either one will have the advantage of no grout lines, which tile backsplashes usually have.
Below, we’ll discuss more of the pros and cons of each.
4-Inch Granite Backsplash
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, then you’ll want to go for the 4-inch backsplash. This is because it’s obviously smaller than a full-height one, which means you won’t have to pay for much granite.
Remodeling in a hurry? Then 4-inch may be more ideal than a full-height backsplash. With this option, you can get the countertop installed at the same time.
Also, if you choose the 4-inch backsplash, it won’t cover the entire wall. This means you have more decorating choices, such as some paint or tile above it. You’ll be able to change the paint and tile in the future as well, which means this option will be more versatile.
However, if you leave the 4-inch backsplash open, this means any food and oil that you cook will come into contact with the exposed wall. For this reason, it may be a better choice to get the full-height granite backsplash.
Full-Height Granite Backsplash
With the full-height option, it’ll be easy to check the backsplash off your remodeling checklist since all you need is a solid granite wall behind your stovetop.
However, this may take some extra time to do. You won’t be able to install your countertop at the same time; you’ll have to get the wall measured after you install your counter so the granite dimensions are just right.
Also, paying for a full-height backsplash will be more expensive than a 4-inch one. Granite typically costs more than other materials, so even the 4-inch option will be costly. If you’re working with a really tight budget, you may not be in the right financial position to pay for a full-height granite backsplash.
A full-height backsplash is ideal for you if you want something that’s easy to clean. Because it doesn’t have grout lines, you can scrub the surface much easier and quicker.
Think About the Colors
Granite may be a naturally-occurring rock, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have choices. You have choices from pitch black to almond gold, to a reddish color.
In fact, there are so many choices you may have to carefully consider each and have samples brought to your home just to make sure it’s exactly what you want!
Plus, every piece is unique since its patterns are naturally formed. No matter which type of granite you choose, your backsplash will have a beautiful and special look to them.
Consider the Countertops
Are you only replacing your backsplash? Then you’ll want to match it to the existing countertops you have.
But if you’re replacing both, then read on for more advice.
Choosing Your Countertops First
In most cases, you’ll want to choose the countertops first. This is because once you’ve determined the color and style you want for your countertops, then you can move onto your backsplash.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to choose a backsplash that’s identical. You can have some variety and choose a color that complements your countertops so they don’t clash. Or you can go with a neutral color so that no matter which one you choose for your backsplash, it’ll go well with your countertops.
Choosing Your Backsplash First
While most people choose their countertops first, you can go the untraditional route and choose your granite backsplash first. This can be a great option if you’re more picky about your backsplash and don’t mind as much for your countertops.
For example, if you want to go bold with your backsplash, it’s a good idea to choose that first and then select a neutral countertop to complement this choice.
Think About Your Paint and/or Tile Choices
If you’ve decided to go with the 4-inch granite backsplash option, then you have the choice of keeping the rest of the wall bare or adding paint and/or tiles to it.
Should you choose the latter 2 choices, it may take a bit more work to get your kitchen ready. However, this leaves you open to more design choices, which means you can make your kitchen more of your own space.
When considering paint colors, go with ones that either complement the granite or make a contrasting and striking look. The great thing about paint is you can always redo it, so if you get sick of it, just repaint it with a different hue!
For tiles, you can choose subway, glass, mosaic, or ceramic tiles. If you’re having a company bring granite samples, you may want to have them bring samples for tiles as well. That way, you can put them against each other on your wall to see how they look placed next to one another.
Purchase the Perfect Granite Backsplash for Your Kitchen
With the above tips, hopefully, you’ll have an easier time picking the right granite backsplash for your home.
With so many colors and 2 different options (4-inch or full-height), you’ll be able to redo your kitchen so it’s perfect for you.
Do you need more help with your backsplash? Or maybe you want to see some free samples or get a free estimate? Then book an appointment with us now!