Countersplashes Are Taking Over as a Seamless Alternative to Kitchen Tile

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What Is a Kitchen Countersplash?EMILY FOLLOWILL

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Don’t get us wrong, we still love a rustic zellige or porcelain tile backsplash. But recently, slabs seem to be taking over in the form of the countersplash—when the same slab style is used for the countertop and backsplash. The look is smooth, provides easy cleanup for cooking splatters, and is often finished with a little display shelf in the same material.

Plenty of pro designers are embracing the style. For the kitchen of a European-inspired estate in Georgia, designer Melanie Millner chose Cielo quartzite (from Marmi Natural Stone), which is more durable than marble, to pair with recovered river cypress cabinets. She even had the sink crafted in the same material, as well as an open shelf, for a highly seamless look. Browse more dreamy kitchens with inviable countersplashes below:

When figuring out what surface to use, base it on your kitchen cabinetry (or even vice versa!). For warm woods, consider frosty white quartz with gray tones like Icellion by Caesarstone. A deep charcoal-brown Delamere quartz from Cambria constrasts well with creamy cabinetry. If your cabinetry is a reddish oak or dark walnut, try a fluid color with a bluish veil—like Onirika Trance designed by Nina Magon for Dekton. Those with green or blue kitchens should consider a durable laminate, like Woodland Marble from Formica.

If you're still on the fence about countersplashes, take a look at these kitchen backsplash ideas. Once you view more styles, you'll have a better idea of what route will fuel the soul of your kitchen for years to come.

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