Interior Design Project Common Questions and Answers
Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
There are many elements that make up a beautiful kitchen but without a doubt, the countertop and backsplash are the focal points. These materials have become more than just practical tools in the kitchen, they are now works of art and an opportunity for the homeowners to put a touch of themselves into the design. Of course, there must be a balance between the two, where they work together to create a cohesive design. There are multiple ways to create beautiful looks in the kitchen and a functional workspace at the same time. Here we answer some common questions surrounding the topic.
What is the purpose of backsplash?
Some will ask why it is even necessary to have backsplash but it does serve an important purpose in the kitchen. There is a lot of stirring, mixing, and serving that takes place on the countertop which will lead to accidents or at a minimum some splattering. Dry ingredients and even water are fairly easy to wipe up but tomato sauces and grease are a different matter entirely. Backsplash adds another layer of protection to your space and prevents stains from setting which preserves the look of your kitchen especially if you are interested in reselling at some point. The backsplash is more than just a little jewelry to your kitchen, it has a purpose that pays for itself.
Should your backsplash match your countertop?
This is a common question among homeowners. Using the same material for both creates a very unified, clean look and is a great fit for those looking to have a minimalistic style. Design trends, however, are always changing meaning that there are other options available to create a beautiful design without using matching materials or colors. Some other choices include matching one element of countertop or backsplash to the other such as a color, and another variation would be completely different. Everyone has a different style and expression of color so there is freedom in choosing something unique. It is, however, important that they should not fight each other but complement each other by one highlighting the other. If both are bright and eye-catching it can create difficulty for the eye to find rest. Colors, patterns, and designs impact this decision.
Which comes first, backsplash or countertop?
It is recommended that you choose your countertop first since it is the main work surface of the kitchen. They are also often what is matched to the cabinets first with the backsplash serving as the flair or pop of color needed. We always encourage our clients to start with their countertops and work their way into the backsplash since there are more selections of color, patterns, and styles available to reflect their personality into the design.
Current trends in backsplash and countertops
The world of design is ever-changing and adjusting to needs and current styles. Ultimately the choice is up to you but here are a few trends that designers have taken note.
Less polish: high gloss surfaces are being replaced with a softer feel like a leather texture which gives a natural feel to the surface and depth.
Durability: homeowners are looking more for materials that will last and also have easier maintenance like quartz.
Style: backsplashes with fun shapes and unique finishes are becoming more popular over the standard subway tile that has been used for years.
Again, the final choice is up to you, so be sure to speak with your designer about your preferences and styles you had in mind. They can always assist you in finding exactly what will match you.
Ready to be paired up?
We have partnered with multiple dealers so that we can provide you with a large selection of countertops and backsplashes. These elements should be a reflection of you and add the perfect touch to your space. Come visit our showroom where we have multiple displays available for you to browse because we believe it is important to feel and see what you want to purchase. With over 20 years of experience helping clients find the perfect fit, we are ready to help you in your renovation journey. We proudly serve 16 counties and counting including Mecklenburg, Buncombe, Greenville, SC, Hendersonville, and York, SC.