Kitchen designers consider a few things when deciding what materials to use for their client’s kitchens. There’s wood, granite, marble, or laminate. Then there’s quartz, prized for its durability and versatility. This material can be used to design countertops, floors, walls, and even tubs. But do we have backsplash ideas for quartz countertops?
Quartz is the trend. People are looking for quartz countertops. Designers are suggesting this material to their clients. Modern kitchens and bathrooms feature quartz surfaces. But is quartz good for backsplashes?
The short answer is YES.
Stone tiles for backsplashes are becoming outdated. Slabs and sheets are now being used because they provide a continuous surface that looks neat and modern. Installation of large slabs on a wall means fewer seams and breaks. Large sheets covering a wall offer more protection from moisture. But let’s talk about why quartz as a material is gaining popularity.
Quartz is non-porous. Meaning, it has no tiny holes that hold dirt and moisture. Hence, stains don’t soak below the surface to become permanent ugly splotches. Quartz doesn’t require sealing but is easy to clean and maintain.
But quartz backsplashes and countertops are expensive!
That depends on your definition of expensive. Homeowners who have chosen quartz agree that the material is priced reasonably. For its cost, you’re getting an aesthetically pleasing and durable design that can last for years.
Anyone who’s wondering what sets quartz backsplashes apart from other types of backsplashes needs to see how natural stone fits into sleek and arresting interiors. In most cases, it’s not the material per se. It’s how you make a cohesive theme with a quartz backsplash. And it’s our job to make it work.
A quartz backsplash adds definition to the wall behind the sink or range.
Many clients love symmetry, and a quartz slab on the backsplash creates that balance in your kitchen. A backsplash that complements a range hood creates a focal point in the kitchen that’s hard to ignore. The trick here is to choose a color that goes well with the colors of the wall, floor, countertops, and cabinets. It takes a skilled designer with an eye for art to come up with a show-stealing backsplash. Imagine a black range hood and a marble-esque quartz backsplash making your kitchen look posh.
Quartz Backsplash Pros and Cons
Quartz is an extremely versatile material, its slabs can come in numerous styles, patterns, and colors, and can be adapted for almost any design of the kitchen. Quartz is a great material for kitchen and bathroom backsplash for many reasons. Here’s some of them:
resistant to water and many types of stains;
easy to clean and repair;
low maintenance required;
resistant to mildew and mold;
can be seamless;
easily integrated into the feature wall;
has a wide variety of patterns, colors, and styles.
You should be ready to spend extra money on custom options or better-looking material. As for the other disadvantages of quartz backsplashes, there are not many of them:
cheaper backsplash options often have seams;
its heat resistance goes only up to 100° F;
gets damaged by the direct sunlight;
custom options can be much more expensive than the stock ones.
Create a kitchen focal point with a quartz backsplash behind the range or sink
Countertops and backsplashes should have coordinating colors and patterns for a cohesive design. Countertops are the first thing guests notice when they enter a kitchen. The next thing they notice is the quartz backsplash behind the stove, and a kitchen looks ridiculous if these two things don’t match.
Seasoned kitchen designers know which backsplash color and material go well with a countertop, and we’ve seen backsplashes and countertops sharing the same material, hence evoking a sense of cohesion. For instance, Cambria has a number of quartz slabs whose designs feature flowing rivers of gray on a white background, drawing the eye of an observer from one end of the backsplash to the other and then to the countertops. This fluidity evokes tranquility, perhaps an element a busy kitchen needs.
Not to mention, single-stone themes make for tidy spaces that allow the incorporation of a minibar or a work table in the kitchen.
Make the backsplash part of a feature wall
Many quartz sheets and slabs lend themselves to dramatic designs, such as a backsplash that’s integrated into a wall, creating a sense of continuity. A light gray feature wall with streams of dark gray veins is like a focal point in the kitchen that holds black cabinets and a metallic range hood together. Cambria quartz slabs are perfect for such layouts. But be sure to consult a professional when deciding to have a backsplash that goes right to the ceiling.
Complementary designs for quartz backsplashes and worktops are suggested to avoid discordant combinations. But a contrasting backsplash design can complement a low-key quartz countertop and draw attention to itself. Contemporary backsplash ideas for quartz countertops include bold patterns, which are trendy. These arresting designs are show-stealers and are definitely made for statement walls.
Feature walls are hard to accomplish with paint or wallpaper. For such installations, we suggest natural quartz for its unmatched beauty and elegance. Because we understand the steep challenge of choosing backsplash designs on your own and matching them with countertops and cabinets, we prepared a gallery of kitchen designs for you to get inspiration from. We are always ready whenever you want designs that match.
Backsplash as a feature wall is embodied in our Bianco Pepper quartz countertop project. Love the idea? Check it out!
Kitchens aren’t the only place in the house with a backsplash. But why use quartz in the bathroom? Well, quartz is nonporous. It doesn’t have tiny holes that soak in water and encourage bacteria and mold growth. So, quartz backsplashes and countertops in the bathroom are hygienic and they’re easy to clean and maintain. But that’s not the reason why people love them. These slabs look stunning. The quartz vanity backsplash easily transforms bathrooms into luxury retreats.
Choose the classic elegance of white quartz backsplash
It’s hard to go wrong with white quartz. Creating a bright kitchen with the ostensible class of white quartz backsplash is the way to go for that timeless theme. It doesn’t have to be pure white. Veins and texture add a whole new level of art in it. White quartz countertops transition smoothly to a backsplash of the same material to create an intriguing continuity in design that seems to make ornaments look like they’re floating.
A common complaint about the color has something to do with its reputation as an overused choice. White doesn’t have to be banal, though. Designs like that of the Ironsbridge quartz backsplash feature movement for dynamic styles. Calacatta Verona Quartz, on the other hand, looks stunning with its conspicuous veining that resembles that of classic marble, albeit with a warmer white base. Imagine a post-modern luxury bathroom with a marble-esque quartz backsplash or a feature wall.
Many quartz slabs feature veins, and Calacatta Laza is not an exception. Bold gray veins on a plain white background make it look like expensive marble. Modern kitchens just look stunning with Calacatta Laza Quartz in a minimalist layout wherein countertops and backsplashes are made of the same slab, creating that smooth, seamless transition. Modern homeowners seem to be interested in having backsplashes that look like extensions of the countertops.
The list goes on. There are a lot of quartz backsplashes, each having its own unique beauty and grandeur, each demanding attention and regard, each capable of blending into a distinct style. This is why we always tell clients to visit kitchen design showrooms to find out which backsplash suits a particular countertop.
Then again, regardless of your choice, you can rest assured that quartz is a low-maintenance option that makes it great in kitchens and bathrooms. Just find a reliable dealer once you’re ready to commence your kitchen remodel. A professional installer can help you decide which backsplash ideas for quartz countertops are great for your kitchen.
Should your backsplash match your countertop?
Even though there’s no need for it in particular, your backsplash and countertop should complement one another to create a united and organic design solution. A bright quartz backsplash makes a good match with a dark countertop, creating an appealing hi-tech contrast. The backsplash made in darker colors is also a great way to complement a kitchen with many wood elements in it. Still, the final decision on colors relies mostly on the design idea.
Pick your best backsplash!
We have an awesomely wide choice of quartz patterns for your backsplash.
And if you are in doubt, our experts will be delighted to help you pick the best one.
On average, the cost of the cheapest quartz is somewhere in the $65-$70 range per square foot. The price can vary depending on the quality level, supplier, and even the current season of the year. Still, custom options and pristine quality materials are more expensive. On the other hand, the quartz backsplash cost can be hard to estimate, as it depends on many factors. For example, a custom-made backsplash for a large area is expected to cost around $200-$280 per square foot.
Granite Selection has an awesome number of quartz slabs for backsplashes and countertops. Our team is ready to assist you if you have trouble choosing the right quartz slab or if you need our professional advice. Give us a call at (888) 906 3317 and we’ll be happy to assist you.
Paul Batashev is the owner and CEO of Granite Selection. The company began in 2011 Pay Less for Granite and has been transforming homes since 2011 with its expertise as a kitchen countertop company and manufacturer of fine custom granite countertops.