Selecting a backsplash for your kitchen is a big decision! With so many colours, patterns and finishes to choose from it can be hard to narrow it down to one choice. That is why we asked our expert Design Studio team to break down the selection process for choosing a backsplash, so you can feel prepared for your appointment at the Activa Design Studio. Continue reading to learn some helpful tips to consider when selecting a backsplash for beautiful results!


Consider wall space

First and foremost, you should consider the amount of wall space you have for your backsplash. If you have a larger area, opt for larger tiles to create a seamless and distinguished look. If you have a smaller kitchen, you will want to consider smaller tiles, such as mosaic tiles, to bring interest and draw your eyes.

How to choose a backsplash

Select cabinets and countertops first

We suggest selecting your cabinet and countertops first before choosing a backsplash tile. It is easier to find a tile that will match the cabinet and countertop rather than the other way around because there is a wider selection of tiles available for you to choose from. This will allow you to draw inspiration from your cabinets and/or countertops for a perfect colour combination.

From an aesthetic standpoint, the role of a backsplash is to bridge the colour or pattern from the countertops with the cabinets for a smooth transition – not to compete with it! The hardest part of this process is selecting a tile that pairs well with your countertop. If your countertop has a pattern or multiple colours, choose a subtle tile that will complement it. If you select a countertop solid in colour, you can have fun with a bold pattern or colour choice for your backsplash!

Example: A monotone quartz countertop would pair better with a smaller pattern tile, such as mosaic tile, while a granite countertop with a busy pattern or visual texture is better off with a large monotone tile.

How to choose a backsplash

Don’t forget about the grout and tile installation!

The grout colour and installation pattern you select can make or break the appearance of your backsplash. Choosing a grout colour that complements your tile will significantly enhance the overall look!

The shade you pick should reflect what you are trying to accomplish in your design. If you are trying to achieve a bold look you should use contrasting colours. You can accentuate a white herringbone or basketweave tile installation with black grout, or the other way around, to create a bold patterned backsplash. If you are going for a subtle look, match the grout to the backsplash (or one-tone lighter) to create a seamless look.

Be mindful of your budget

Your budget will have an impact on selections and will determine the styles available per square foot. If you plan to dedicate a portion of your upgrade budget to your backsplash, this will allow for a more creative tile or installation pattern! Herringbone tile is a popular choice for homeowners but comes with an additional price due to the labour required for installation. This bold look will jazz up your kitchen for a sleek and modern aesthetic!


How to choose a backsplash

Have fun with your backsplash!

Have fun with it! Don’t be afraid to incorporate colour, pattern, texture and dimension with your backsplash. The kitchen is the heart of the home and it is meant to be enjoyed and personalized to suit your taste and style!

Your Design Studio Experience

At the Activa Design Studio, we offer high-end tiles to take your kitchen to the next level! As you start to plan for your material & finishes appointment, it is important to gather inspiration for what you want your kitchen to look like and to set a budget for your upgrades. The Design Studio is an exciting experience but we want to make sure you are also staying within what you can afford. Setting a budget will allow our team members to present options that fit within this. You can learn more tips on preparing for your visit in our Design Studio Selection blog.

We can’t wait to meet you for your Materials & Finishes Appointment at the Activa Design Studio and we hope you are as excited as we are! While you’re there, we encourage you to take pictures during your appointment. You can even tag @builtbyactiva on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to be featured on our page. See you there!