Top 3 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas For Granite Countertops


The presence of granite countertops in a kitchen means this already has a very stylish and unique look, which makes it absolutely gorgeous. But matching granite countertops with the other pieces is not that simple.

In fact, one of the biggest problems people have is choosing the right backsplash for their granite countertops.

Many people have asked me about the backsplash they should choose for these granite countertops, as they know any regular backsplash wouldn’t be right.

For this reason, in this article I will give you the Top 3 kitchen backsplash ideas for granite countertops, that will help you understand and decide what kind of backsplash you need, in order to make it a perfect match for your granite countertops.

If you want to learn some general things about backsplashes, not just the ones suitable for granite countertops, you can also take a look at my article 11 Modern kitchen backsplash ideas with pictures

Anyway, getting back to our backsplashes for granite countertops, before I show you these main ideas, let’s find out some tips about choosing the right backsplash for granite countertops. Not every material would go well with granite, so it’s important to see the DOes and the DON’Ts.




 1. Make sure your backsplash doesn’t draw the attention from the coutertops

Top 3 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas For Granite CountertopsThat’s the most important thing you have to keep in mind when you start looking for a right backsplash that would match your granite countertops.

These countertops are created to give glamour and shine to a kitchen, or in other words, to be the main central point. So think about it, what would be the point to invest in some high-quality, gorgeous granite countertops if the backsplash drew all the attention on itself?


That’s why, the first thing you have to do is to make sure your backsplash has quite a simple pattern and a neutral color. This doesn’t have to be necessarily beige or white, the only condition is not to choose a bright shade, that would grab the attention immediately.

So, remember to choose not the most glamorous backsplash, but the one that would make your granite countertops shine.


     2. Don’t choose the same structure for both backsplash and countertops

Top 3 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas For Granite CountertopsThere could be many types of granite countertops, some matte, other polished, some soft, other rough, but it’s important to choose a different structure for the backsplash.

For example, if your granite countertops are made of a rather rough material, the worst thing you could do would be to go for the same type of fabric for the backsplash. This would only give the feeling of an overcrowded room, even if this isn’t really the case.

That’s why, my recommendation is really simple: go for the exact opposite structure in the backsplash. Just like in the previous example, if your countertops are made of a rough granite, go for a softer material in the backsplash, one that doesn’t feel so harsh and tough.

In this way, you will ensure a much better compatibility between the 2 pieces, and your kitchen will definitely benefit a lot from this.


     3. Go for a stone-like material in your backsplash

That’s actually my #1 recommendation for people who have granite countertops in their kitchen.

The best match for granite would always be granite, but 2 pieces of the same material would already be a bit too much for just one kitchen. That’s because granite isn’t a simple, modest fabric, but a very pretentious one, that would make a room look overcrowded if used too much.

What does this mean? That your backsplash should be made of a similar material, but not the same granite, because that would be too much. And what is the fabric most similar to granite?

Stone. All the other kinds of stone.

Whether it’s marble, slate, travertine or limestone, all these materials would be a great choice for a backsplash that has to blend with granite countertops. In this way, you won’t have that feeling of a “full” room and there will be a perfect match between the two materials, no doubt.

So yes, that’s what I advise you to do, choose a backsplash made of any kind of stone, because there’s no way to make a decor mistake in this way.


     4. Choose the secondary color from the countertops as a backsplash color

That’s another extremely useful tip, especially when it comes to finding the best match for the countertops.

Top 3 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas For Granite CountertopsA trick many specialists use is to go for a backsplash colored in the same shade as the secondary color of the granite countertops. If you’ve ever seen granite countertops, you may know that they usually have 2 colors, even though only one is more visible.

For example, a very common color for granite countertops is brown with very small black dots. These dots aren’t even visible from the distance, but if you take a closer look, you can easily see them. And they’re exactly what  we call “the secondary color”.

So, in this case, you should go for a backsplash in a dark shade, because that would emphasize the details of the countertops and also ensure a perfect match.

The secondary color isn’t very hard to notice, so make sure you take a close look at your granite countertops before you decide on the backsplash color. In this way, your kitchen will get the feeling of a professionally designed room.



Now that we’ve seen how to choose the right backsplash that would match with the granite countertops, I want to show you some practical examples of some great backsplash choices.

Top 10 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas For Granite Countertops

This light, simple backsplash respects the #1 rule for matching the granite countertops: it’s made of natural, rough stone, that blends perfectly with the light orange shade of granite.

As you can see, the backsplash’s pattern is quite simple, without any lines or dots, which make it the right choice because it doesn’t draw away the attention from the granite countertops. Also, the fabric has the opposite structure: the countertops are made of a polished, shiny material, while the backsplash has a rough texture.

This kind of backsplash remains a great option for this kind of light granite countertops.


Top 10 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas For Granite Countertops

Here we have another natural backsplash, perfect for the white granite countertops.

As you can see, the stone’s pattern is irregular and very rough, which makes it quite different of the simple, matte countertops fabric.

This kind of backsplash would go very well in a modern, light kitchen because it would make it look stylish and very sophisticated. If you take a very close look at the granite material, you will see that it has a beige as a secondary color, which is also used partially in the backsplash, to give it a complementary look.

But all in all, this is another great example of How to choose the right backsplash for your granite countertops.


Top 10 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas For Granite Countertops

Although the backsplash is not very well visible in this photo, I added it among the top ideas because of the atmosphere it gives to this kitchen.

The polished pattern of the granite countertops is opposite to the matte stone tiles of the backsplash, and this contributes at the glamorous feeling of this kitchen. Also, the simplicity of the stone tiles doesn’t grab the attention, so the granite countertops remain in the spotlight.

Even though the backsplash doesn’t have the secondary granite color as a main color, it still manages to blend very well with the countertops. So, if you don’t like your countertops colors, go for another shade in the backsplash, but make sure it’s similar to the ones you should normally choose.



Granite is definitely one of the first choices for a countertop material, so finding the right backsplash that would blend with it perfectly is extremely important. If you want a perfect match, there are just 4 aspects you have to consider:

  • The backsplash doesn’t have to draw the attention on itself
  • The countertops and the backsplash shouldn’t have the same structure and texture
  • Stone would be the best backsplash fabric in this case
  • The countertops’ secondary color would look great as a main backsplash color

Finding the best backsplash for your granite countertops isn’t hard at all, you only have to pay attention to some small details like the ones from above and you will find what you’re looking for.


I hope you enjoyed reading about these top 3 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas For Granite Countertops, and that, after reading these tips, you will find it easier to take a decision. If you have any questions about this topic or if you simply need any advice, please write a comment below and I will gladly answer you.

What do you think about granite countertops? Would you pick this material for your own kitchen?

Let me know in the comments below. Anne 😀

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10 Responses

  1. Megs says:

    I love granite countertops. I think they can really make a kitchen. I like your ideas for backsplashes, you seem to have really done your research. These seem to be all the rage right now and can add value to a home. Do you have any ideas for backsplashes for older homes with no granite countertops? Thanks for the enlightening read!

    • Anne says:

      Hi Megs, thanks for reading my blog 😀

      There are a lot of backsplash types everywhere now, so these ones I mentioned here aren’t the only ones available. I’ve written an article about the most popular backsplash materials, so if you’re interested, you can read it here.

      There are a lot of ideas and pictures there, so you’ll surely find something more suitable for your non-granite countertops.

      I hope this helps 🙂

  2. Nahim says:

    Granite counter tops really add a stylish look to one`s kitchen. Your idea of adding an stone backslash is amazing, I never saw that before, so it`s new to me.
    You are good at making a kitchen look fancy and wonderful. I hope that one day I`ll be able to have a kitchen that looks as cool as the one in the pictures.

    • Anne says:

      Hey Nahim, thank you 😀

      A stone backsplash would always look original and extremely beautiful, so next time you redecorate you might want to change your kitchen’s backsplash and go for a stone one. That would definitely look impressive 😉

      I’m sure one day you’ll have a kitchen like one in those photos, don’t worry, there’s always time for everything.

      Thank you for reading my blog.

  3. Jon says:

    Hi Anne,
    I really enjoyed reading your article on granite countertops and backsplashes. It was very informative to me as I had no prior knowledge of how to choose a proper backsplash in relation to a countertop.

    I don’t know a lot about interior decorating. However, you explained what to look for and how to choose the materials for both surfaces in a way I could easily understand. I’m thinking about buying a house in the near future so this blog was very helpful to me.

    I do have a question. I was wondering if the 4 rules you shared about choosing a backsplash still apply for countertops that aren’t granite? Thanks so much for sharing this great insight.


    • Anne says:

      Hi Jon, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed reading it! I’m glad these tips are easy to follow and understand.

      Yes, of course you can apply these 4 tips for any countertops, not just for granite ones. There are some small differences, however. For example, if you have another material in your countertops, you don’t necessarily have to choose a stone-like fabric for the backsplash.

      I think my article 11 Modern kitchen backsplash ideas with pictures would be exactly what you need for more ideas about backsplashes.

      Thank you for reading my blog 😀

  4. Jyl says:

    Wow, I love the photos of the stone backsplashes you have in this post – I’ve never seen anything like that before. Stunning. I’d be worried about how they would clean up though, being porous. Also, how expensive would this be, compared with more traditional examples of backsplashes? I almost want to redesign my kitchen now after seeing this, LOL! Great post and fantastic photos 🙂

    • Anne says:

      Hi Jyl, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it! 😀

      Yeah, it’s true that granite is a fabric that’s a bit harder to clean up, but if you use the right products there shouldn’t be any problem. As far as I know, there are cleaning products made especially for granite, so they make your job much easier.

      About their price, I wouldn’t say it’s a huge difference between granite and other fabrics like stone or tiles. I remember getting these granite countertops that I have in my actual kitchen for about $150/ square. It wasn’t a very small price, but at least I know the quality is very high and so far it has proved to be so.

      Anyway, depending on the company and on the exact pattern you choose, you can find granite countertops even from $75/ square. So there are also “more affordable” alternatives.

      I hope this helps :

  5. Andi says:

    I love the natural stone backsplash in stone, slate and a tumbled looking granite is very nice indeed to compliment the granite work top. One day I shall have it for myself, it just oozes luxury and top quality product. You have beautiful taste that I admire for decorating a home. Thanks for showing a very lovely website that I will keep coming back to.

    • Anne says:

      Hi Andi, I’m so happy you liked my website 🙂

      These backsplashes can make the best of granite countertops, so they’re always a great choice in cases like these

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