The deep charcoal to light gray appearance of a natural soapstone countertop accented with a stunning backsplash completes the look of a newly updated kitchen. But sometimes that is easier said than done since the numerous backsplash choices available can be overwhelming. Narrow your choices by selecting those that complement the tones of the soapstone counter best.
Contrasting the darker soapstone counter tones with light-colored backsplash tiles prevents the countertop area from feeling too dark, especially if the kitchen is outfitted with dark cabinetry. White or beige, solid or multicolored ceramic, porcelain or natural stones make suitable candidates for a soapstone countertop's backsplash.
Soapstone on Soapstone
Consider coordinating the soapstone counter with an exact matching soapstone tile. Carrying the same soapstone tone onto the wall creates a seamless uniformity of materials between the counter and the backsplash. Or a two-toned backsplash-counter combination adds colorful dimension to the soapstone ensemble. Mixing light and dark tones lightens up darker soapstone counters or highlights lighter ones with dark soapstone accents.
Designing a backsplash with soapstone tiles is not limited to one shade. Mix several tones together arranged in regular or random geometric patterns to create a multicolored soapstone backsplash.
Stainless Steel Tiles
Do not limit your tile choices to traditional tiles. The mix of stainless steel tiles against the soapstone counter contrasts the rustic surface of the counter with a sleek, contemporary, metallic backsplash. Stainless steel becomes a neutral yet shimmering backdrop to the soapstone counter and the cabinetry, as it ties them all together, especially in a kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances or stainless steel pots and cutlery.
Glass has a natural, timeless beauty, and when used as glass tiles for a soapstone counter's backsplash, the glass highlights the counter's features and the entire kitchen with its reflective shimmer. The contrast between glass and soapstone combines rustic or country charm with contemporary accents. Glass pulls light in and over a countertop when natural material lacks a shine, and this balances the two materials as they work in unison in the kitchen's design.
Since the soapstone counter's color is neutral, many colors or color combinations work well with it. Look to the accents used around the kitchen, or a favorite color palette, to select the right color or colors for the glass tiles. In fact, a multicolored tile backsplash design may be a subtle way to introduce another splash of color into the kitchen.
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